Pik-Shuen Fung, author of Ghost Forest, grew up in Canada in an astronaut family – where a parent stays back in the family’s native country working while the rest move abroad. Those experiences found their way into her debut novel. Prior to releasing Ghost Forest, she receivedfellowships and residencies from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Kundiman, the Millay Colony, and Storyknife.
Fung corresponded with Debutiful to give more insight into her debut experience.Continue reading “Pik-Shuen Fung on astronaut parents and Ghost Forest”
Brian Broome is a poet and screenwriter who lives in Pittsburgh where he is K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King Writing Awards. He also won a VANN Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for journalism in 2019.
His debut memoir, Punch Me Up To the Gods came out earlier in 2021 and we corresponded via email so he could answer Debutiful’s reoccurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Brian Broome, author of Punch Me Up To the Gods”
Elizabeth Gonzalez James was certain Mona at Sea would never be published. It was passed on in 2015 and sat in a drawer until she entered it to the Santa Fe Writers Project award. Even when she won, she wasn’t sure if she’d sign a contract.
We discussed the long journey she took and Mona took from graduating with a business degree during the Great Recession to publishing a book about unemployment over a decade later.Continue reading “Elizabeth Gonzalez James feels Mona at Sea can help serve the community”
Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett are best friends who write together. Their natural chemistry oozes onto the pages of their debut The Very Nice Box. It’s an off-kilter work place comedy where bad men get what’s coming to them.
I asked the duo to fill out the semi-regular “A Life of Books” questionnaire to help introduce them to readers.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett, authors of The Very Nice Box”
Jonathan Parks-Ramage joined the podcast to discuss dating older men, dark novels, and journalism.
He is the author of Yes, Daddy, a novel about a young man who enters a relationship with an older artists. Everything seems to be going well… until it turns dark over a summer vacation.
Parks-Ramage, who spent years writing longform journalism for places like Vice, Slate, Out Magazine, and elsewhere opened up about daddy culture, writing journalism and switching to fiction, as well as what books inspire him. Listen below.
Alex McElroy has produced the season’s first must-read book. The Atmospherians is about shitty men, cults, and social media. It couldn’t be a more poignant and insightful view into modern society. McElroy’s also knows how to land a laugh. They’re not trying to be funny, but what they produced in this novel is one of the best satires in a long time.Continue reading “Alex McElroy’s wickedly funny satire The Atmospherians is this summer’s first must-read novel”
Vince Granata‘s memoir Everything is Fine is one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. I think that term is thrown out a lot; however, the story inside it truly made me weep. Vince’s brother, with undiagnosed schizophrenia, killed their mother. His memoir is about that event and what came after. How could he still love his brother? How would their family move on? So many questions I asked myself how I’d react in Granata’s shoes but couldn’t.
Everything is Fine is a moving mediation on pain and suffering, but also love and persistence. We corresponded via email about his background and why this memoir had to be written.Continue reading “Vince Granata knew he always had to write his heartbreaking and revealing memoir Everything is Fine”
JoAnne Tompkins, author of What Comes After, had a career as a mediator and judicial officer before writing her debut book. In her first novel, she explores a familiar situation: an idyllic town turned upside down by a the shocking death of two teenage boys.
The book, however, is about more than the mystery. It’s about how the families can put their lives back together and how the town can trust again. It’s a meditation on optimism in the darkest of times.
Below, the author answers Debutiful‘s A Life of Books Questionnaire.Continue reading “A Life of Books with JoAnne Tompkins, author of What Comes After”