I Get to or I Have to Write: An Interview with Shawn Smucker


Author Shawn Smucker returns to the show to talk about his brand new book, The Weight of Memory. I’m a big fan of his magical realism books, and this one didn’t disappoint.

Shawn and I talk about memory, how we think it works and what studies are showing about it. This conversation — of course! — led into how we create fictional stories, what makes a protagonist make their decisions, how that affects what happens next, and how all these come together to affect the reader’s experience of the story.

Learn more about Shawn and his books at his website, http://shawnsmucker.com/, and he’s on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as Shawn Smucker. Find his podcast and courses at The Stories Between Us, https://www.thestoriesbetweenus.com/.

About the author, Kitty

Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After earning her M.A. in Creative Writing, she formed Daydreamer Entertainment and began self-publishing. Founder of the WRITE NOW! Workshop and the new WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast, she loves to teach in person and online. Learn more at https://www.writenowworkshop.com.