189: Writing Reality-Based Fiction – Interview with Georgia Hunter

Creative189: Writing Reality-Based Fiction – Interview with Georgia Hunter

189: Writing Reality-Based Fiction – Interview with Georgia Hunter

Hey there word nerds!

Today I have the absolute pleasure of interviewing author Georgia Hunter on the show!

Georgia’s debut novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, is an emotional story about a Jewish family ripped away from each other at the start of the German and Russian occupation of Poland, and their extraordinary journey back to each other. And if that wasn’t juicy enough, the novel is actually based on Georgia’s grandfather’s (Addy in the book) real Holocaust survival story.

Readers from all over the country have embraced this incredible story, leading it to be nominated as a finalist for the Goodreads “Best Books of 2017 Choice Awards” for “Best Debut Goodreads Author.”

Listen in as we chat about Georgia’s amazing book, and how to balance real family lore with historical fiction.


In this episode Georgia and I discuss:

  • Crafting suspense into a story when your readers already know the ending.
  • Using the present tense to bring emotions to life in your characters.
  • The distinction between nonfiction and historical fiction and when to draw the line.
  • Flushing out snippets of oral history with believable transitions in your novel.
  • Georgia’s tips on where to start when writing your family’s story.  

Plus, Georgia’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/189

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