20 Minutes with Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson explores the qualities of fine non-fiction and its value to a writer, struggling with self-doubt, writerly wisdom acquired from others, the secrets of scene-craft, and more!

Kelly Robson – author of the Nebula-nominated “Waters of Versailles” (published by Tor.com) and many other marvelous tales – has lived a life in preparation of embracing her writerly passions. Her diverse and extensive experience coupled with her genuine love and reverence for storytelling give her an utterly unique and authentic voice, a voice that infuses her stories (which, time and again, are recognized for their excellence).

With the marvelous Marie Bilodeau in the Co-Host chair, we have a marvelous conversation with Kelly exploring the qualities of fine non-fiction and its value to a writer, struggling with self-doubt and giving yourself permission, golden nuggets of writerly wisdom acquired from others, the secrets of scene-craft, and more. So much writerly goodness… just a “PLAY” button click away! (and be sure to check out Kelly’s awesome Workshop Episode!)

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Co-Host Marie Bilodeau

Marie Bilodeau
Marie Bilodeau


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Comments (2)

So many nuggets o’ gold!

Catching up on the podcast, and I heartily second ZZ Claybourne’s comment above. I’m definitely making a note of Stephen Barnes’ philosophy about story and nuggets and how to use them, and about writing every scene as a short story.

I also think it’s seriously cool that Kelly Robson name-dropped David Graeber’s “Debt: the First 5,000 Years,” because he’s one of my absolute favorite authors and theorists, and that was the first of his books I ever read.

I think Dave has a point, too, that sometimes, even with speculative fiction readers, there’s a level of “I want to be comforted by someone else’s vision.” I, for instance, draw enormous comfort from Starhawk’s “The Fifth Sacred Thing,” and its sequel, “City of Refuge,” even though they are in no way easy or comfortable books to read, but because they affirm in a powerful way that the kinds of change I want to see in the world really are possible, that we really can create societies which are peaceful and nurture everyone’s needs equally, without becoming authoritarian or despicable – and moreover, that these societies can defend themselves from more warlike, domineering groups without becoming domineering and warlike in turn. I don’t even know if any of that is actually true, but holding onto that possibility – brilliantly realized, I hasten to add – is part of what keeps me going.

I guess what I’m saying here is that another reason I – and probably others – read speculative fiction is for the affirmation that things can be different, that we’re not necessarily stuck with the way things are now, that there are always possibilities, including possibilities for something better.

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