Jinwoo Chong on Executing an Ambitious Book Project
From the Write-minded Podcast, Hosted by Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner
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This week’s episode features a bright new star in the literary universe, Jinwoo Chong, whose debut novel, Flux, was also his masters’ thesis. Brooke and Grant loved the book—and the subject of conversation in this week’s show is wide-ranging: what does it mean to execute an ambitious project? How does future dystopia meet ’80s nostalgia make for a great book? And what are our favorite time travel books? Tune in for an ambitious interview that covers lots of ground, necessarily so given the author who set its baseline.
Jinwoo Chong received an MFA from Columbia University. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Salamander. He lives in New York. Flux is his debut novel.