On intentional writing and the infusion of meaning in genre writing ‹ Literary Hub


Writing Spirit: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is currently in its fourth year. We’re a weekly podcast for writers looking for a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the highs and lows of life as a writer. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each themed episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author or publishing industry professional.

In this week’s recollections of some of the best episodes of the past year, we highlight the importance of fantasy as a genre with guest stars Kwame Mbalia and Namina Forna. There’s so much goodness here – about the process, about why we write, about inspirations, and some fabulous tips for staying on track even when you feel like you don’t have time. It’s not so much an episode about fantasy as it’s about intentionally writing and infusing genre writing with meaning as you would any writing you do.

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Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, writer, New York Times bestselling author, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His first mid-level novel, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. A graduate of Howard University and originally from the Midwest, now in North Carolina, he loves impromptu dance sessions and Cheez-Its.

Namina Forna is a Los Angeles-based young adult novelist and author of the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy novel The Gilded Ones, which is the first book in the Deathless trilogy. Originally from Sierra Leone, Namina moved to the United States when she was nine years old and has been going back and forth ever since. Namina is a novelist and screenwriter in Los Angeles.


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