223: The Imaginary Friend as Narrator – Interview with Melanie Moyer
Hey there word nerds!
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Melanie Moyer. Melanie is a debut author and veteran ghostwriter.
She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Creative Writing, Religious Studies, Folklore, and Russian History. She regularly co-hosts a horror pop culture podcast called Splatter Chatter, serves as a co-host on the animation podcast Overly Animated, and regularly contributes pop culture pieces to Just About Write.
Today we’ll be talking about her debut YA novel The Rules of Me, a fascinating novel with a unique point of view choice.
In this episode Melanie and I discuss:
- The process of going from a short story drafted in college to a novel written years later.
- Point of view challenges that come with making the narrator be the main character’s imaginary friend.
- How this unconventional point of view choice ultimately enriches the narrative experience.
- The different pairs of characters that frame the story.
- The art and craft of world building and how to create rules for your characters.
- Navigating the workshop experience, with both its pros and cons.
- Writing for a YA audience and how to respect that reader’s point of view.
Plus, Melanie’s #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/223