In This Episode:
Chris Flynn is the author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His latest novel, Mammoth, was released in April of 2020, and both his fiction and non-fiction work have appeared in publications like The Guardian, The Age, The Paris Review, and many more.
He’s a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia, and has led a fascinating life full of travel, adventure, and all the makings of a great story. Today we chat with Chris about his writing process, getting published, and how he filters through all his great ideas to pull out these captivating stories.
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- How Chris first got on his publisher’s radar
- The surprise success of his first novel (which he never even knew was published)
- How Chris plots out his stories (even before putting pen to paper)
- Why you shouldn’t worry about being a writer early on in life
- Chris’ unique method for filtering through his many ideas to pull out the good ones
- How he knows if his ideas are good enough to publish
- Why limiting your time writing will help you produce your best work
- How to use distraction as a creativity tool
- His process for fusing fact and fiction (and why they’re really not that different from each other)
- The slightly scary method he uses to get paid in between book projects
And plenty more along the way. Get the resources mentioned in this episode below.
Resources Mentioned In This Episode
- A Tiger in Eden by Chris Flynn
- Mammoth by Chris Flynn
- Chris Flynn’s work in The Guardian
- Dave Eggers Novels
- Sebastian Barry
- Irish Novelist Naoise Dolan
- The 2-volume Oxford English Dictionary
- How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
- On The Beach by Nevil Shute
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