Julie Myerson on Her Immersive New Novel
In Conversation with Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
Welcome to I’m a Writer But, where writers discuss their work, their lives, their other work, the stuff that takes up any free time they have, all the stuff they’re not able to get to, and the ways in which any of us get anything done. Plus: book recommendations, bad jokes, okay jokes, despair, joy, and anything else going on that week. Hosted by Lindsay Hunter.
Julie Myerson discusses the immersive structure of her new novel Nonfiction, how her real life influenced her fiction, dealing with intense public backlash and rediscovering her confidence as a writer, Elizabeth Strout, and so much more!
From the episode:
Julie Myerson: I think what I was wanting, only because this is the only way I could write the book, was to write about what this experience does to your head–to the heads of the people who care about someone who’s using drugs. It does a very strange thing to your head. It sends you kind of mad in a weird way. However much you love that person, and however much advice you take, and however much you try to do the right thing, the actual experience is very bizarre.
Julie Myerson is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen and The Stopped Heart, and three works of nonfiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and The Lost Child. As a critic and columnist, she has written for many newspapers including The Guardian, the FT, Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times, and she was a regular guest on BBC TV’s Newsnight Review. She lives in London with her family.