Amy Koppelman started writing before she had any idea that she would one day become a novelist. Three books and one film adaptation later, she now has plenty to share with Coffee with Creatives listeners, especially about:
- The cathartic, early-stage creative exploits that often later lead to our larger creative pursuits
- Waiting for the tools needed to authentically address what we’re compelled to address
- Learning to parse comments and criticism
- The importance of learning — and then breaking — the rules
- The difficulty of letting go after a thing is done
- How and why darkness doesn’t necessarily suggest hopelessness
- Humanizing mental illness
- The importance of perseverance
It was great to meet Amy, and to talk shop about fiction and the challenges of being a novelist. Her unflinching portrayals of characters struggling with depression, trauma, and other tough subjects — they can serve as a good reminder of how hard things can get for people who we might know and love but not always fully understand. Her discussion of the hopefulness that can often come out of that process, as well, is particularly moving.
Hesitation Wounds comes out in hardcover on November 3rd. For more information on her other books, and/or the film adaptation of her novel I Smile Back, check out her site. You can also follow Amy on Twitter.
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