Lisa Manterfield loves to tell stories. She’s fascinated by human behavior and what makes people tick. She especially loves “fish-out-of-water stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, especially if those situations delve into the unexplained,” as it says on her website.
I wanted to have Lisa on the podcast, because the storytelling in her most recent novel, A Strange Companion, rocked my world.
And yet this book almost never saw the light of day.
“I couldn’t make it the book I wanted it to be,” she told me. “But it was the idea that wouldn’t let me go, so I kept coming back to it.”
For ten years.
And that’s one of the things we touched on in our conversation: how do you know when to give up on a creative idea, and when to let it go?
- Art and commerce, and how different creatives balance the two to craft lives that work for them.
- How A Strange Companion finally came to be, after ten years of countless revisions.
- Why not publishing five years ago turned out to be a good thing.
- When to give up on our creative ideas, and when to push them.
- The discomfort of getting praise for your creative work.
- “The Gap” between your vision, and what you’re capable of creating.
- and more…
Have a listen and let me know if you resonate.
(My thimble-sized review of A Strange Companion: A lot of people want to write novels, fewer people actually manage to finish one. Fewer still string words and ideas together in such a way that the novels they write take my breath away. This book did that. I loved it! And I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I’d finished it. Five stars.)
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