237: Embracing the Fear of Writing – Interview with Kevin Brooks

Hey there word nerds!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Kevin Brooks on the show!

Kevin is a critically acclaimed young adult novelist whose first book, Martyn Pig, was named a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” selection. Kevin has written many books since then including Black Rabbit Summer, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal, and The Bunker Diary, which won the Carnegie Medal in 2014.

His most recent novel, Born Scared, is a terrifying thriller about a 13-year-old boy named Elliot confined to his home by incapacitating fear. But then on Christmas Eve, a mixup at the pharmacy leaves him with not enough pills. His mother must go out into the snowstorm to get more, and when she doesn’t come back Elliot has to venture out after her on his own.

This book really resonated with me on so many levels and I’m sure it will resonate with many of you as well.

So listen in as Kevin and I talk about this amazing book, and learning how to embrace the fear of writing not just on the page but as writers.

In this episode Kevin and I discuss:

  • Tackling the deeply, dark reality of mental illness on the page.
  • How to deal with “analysis paralysis” and keep writing.
  • Creating drama and suspense when your character is in a very confined space.
  • The technique of shifting between 1st and 3rd person POV, and how to do it right.
  • How to use the design aspects of writing to enhance your story.

Plus, Kevin’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/237

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