Episode 110: Writing Dialogue and Character

Shanthi Sekaran, Connie Hale

Want to take your writing to the next level? Today’s episode is the first of two special podcasts about a new series of books from the Writers Grotto called Lit Starts, available starting September 10, 2019. Each book is filled with prompts to help writers practice the craft of writing character, dialogue, action, and humor. Each book also features a foreword by a Grotto writer. Today’s podcast is devoted to a conversation between two of those writers, Shanthi Sekaran, who wrote the foreword to Writing Dialogue, and Constance Hale, who wrote the foreword to Writing Character. Sekaran’s most recent novel, Lucky Boy, was named an IndieNext Great Read and an NPR Best Book of 2017. Hale is the author of four cheeky writing manuals, a book for adults on hula, and a picture book for children set in Hawai’i.

Episode 45: Shanthi Sekaran’s ‘Lucky’ Year

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

2017 has been quite a year for our inaugural GrottoPod guest, Shanthi Sekeran. Her novel, Lucky Boy, has been named to several “best of” lists, including NPR’s Best Books of 2017, and she’s travelled far and wide — from Nashville to Honolulu to Edinburgh — for readings. In November, Eva Longoria’s production company announced it is developing Lucky Boy as a television series for Universal TV, to be adapted by David Schooner (Do No Harm) and directed by Nisa Ganatra (Transparent, Dear White People). All of this was ahead of her way back in February, though, when she agreed to be the first GrottoPod guest. Travel back in time with us to revisit that day when Shanthi stepped into our tiny studio to discuss expectations for her then-new book, motherhood and the challenges presented by both.

Episode 1: Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran, whose new novel, Lucky Boy, has been featured in People, InStyle, Publishers Weekly and on NPR, squeezes into the GrottoPod for Episode 1. She talks about her creative process, the unique challenges and responsibilities of writing about the immigrant experience, the “Berkeley experience” and motherhood.