Author at Work: The Art of Writing Fiction
|Narrated By:||Jenna Blum|
|Date:||19 December 2013|
New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum has scored critical and commercial success with her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. One of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women’s Writers, Blum has also taught creative writing at Boston University and master novel workshops for Grub Street Writers. Here Blum shares insights into the writing process and offers listeners the most important aspects of succeeding as an author.
Blum grew up with a Jewish father and part-German mother in the United States. She lived in Minnesota for four years. She taught creative writing and communications writing at Boston University and also taught fiction and novel workshops for Grub Street Writers in Boston since 1997. Her first novel Those Who Save Us was published in hardcover by Harcourt in 2004 and in paperback in 2005 and explored how non-Jewish Germans dealt with the Holocaust; according to one account, it shows the “grace and brutality of human interaction in desperate times,” and was described as having “wonderful prose” with “strongly developed characters.” It was a New York Times bestseller as well as the bestselling book in the Netherlands for one year.