Season Six: Writing & Writers

Welcome to The Listen Blog: a space where you can find highlights and insights from The Listen Podcast, hosted by Kate Jetmore. This post focuses on Season Six, a series of interviews featuring Writing & Writers. What do successful authors have in common? How do they choose their preferred medium? What inspiration can you draw from them?

Sounds exciting, right? Let’s begin!

Devora Rogers

“When I was 16, I learned my mother had been lying to me all my life. It was a big and terrible lie, as lies between mothers and daughters often are.” These are the first words of Devora’s novel, The Spanish Painter [Link:], published in 2017.

In our interview with Devora, she talks about the story behind the novel. How it took her thirteen years to finish The Spanish Painter, how she met a German man in France and followed him all the way to Spain, landing in a small town called Cuenca. Little did she know back then that the experiences she would encounter there would have nothing to do with the man who had captivated her. Instead, she would meet Flores, the woman who inspired one of the main characters in her novel.

There was a story to be told,

                                I just didn’t know how to do it!”

(Devora, 03:45)

Devora’s friendship with Flores continues to this day. Devora still remembers her cooking, her devotion to keeping her house spotless, her pristine white apron, her perfect silver bun. Flores created a home for Devora that she had never experienced and told her stories about her love affair with a Spanish painter under Franco’s dictatorship.

If you want to find out more about The Spanish Painter and Devora’s future projects, click here.

Brooke Berman

Although Brooke was initially trained as an actor, she felt a voice inside telling her that acting was not her calling. Today, she has worked as a playwright, a screenwriter, a director and a memoirist. In her interview, she tells us about how classical music, journaling and her training as an actor shaped her career and her life.

“(Journaling) is how I process the world.”

(Brooke, ~09:00)

Brooke also shares with us her insights on her creative process. She is a firm believer in letting the page do what it wants to do. She lets herself go and drift away while writing her first drafts, she allows her characters to “audition” and then decides who she is calling back for the second draft. As a result, she encourages anyone who is writing or trying to find their voice to keep exploring without judgment.

If you are interested in learning more about her work as a writer and director, tune in to the full interview here.

J. Edward Kruft

J. Edward Kruft, or Joey, as we prefer to call him, was an actor who became a writer who became a psychoanalyst, who is now a writer and a psychoanalyst. To date, his flash fiction pieces have appeared in over 30 online and print journals. He remembers having always written. In fact, he wrote his first piece, “The Little Italian Boy” when he was in first grade. While writing, he learned to live vicariously through his characters.

He writes mostly flash fiction, which means that he tells a story in 1000 words or less. Joey truly believes that using more words only leads to increasingly bad writing, so he finds joy in editing his pieces to reach a distilled form of prose. When writing and reading flash fiction, it’s not only about what is said, it’s about what is not.

 “I hate writing, but I love having written.”

(Joey, quoting Dorothy Parker 19:25)

In his interview, Joey also shares some highly interesting insights about the current publishing world, which is drifting towards independent and online publishers. His multidimensional perspective sees the industry, not only as a writer, but also as an editor and as a reader. He also reads for us his most recent piece published in Potato Soup Journal: “12 O’clock, Youngsville”.

This is an interview you can’t miss! Click here to check it out!

What did you think of Season Six? Can you relate to the creative process of our guests? Did you find the inspiration you need to finally start writing and sharing your vision? Tell us about it!

If you have an experience you’d like to share, or if you have an idea for a future season, please reach out to us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

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