Writing Intimate Truths and Why Memoir Is a Force That’s Changing the Culture
Ashley C. Ford and Melissa Febos Guest on the Write-minded Podcast, Hosted by Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner
Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is currently in its fourth year. We are a weekly podcast for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional.
All August we’re celebrating with our favorite guests of the past year—but with a fresh take on the topic at hand and a new book trend. This week’s episode basks in the smart, intimate, and insightful energy of Ashley C. Ford and Melissa Febos, two wonderful memoirists who share about writing intimate truths. Brooke gives her take on why memoir is a force that’s changing the culture, and we celebrate Grant’s latest side gig, the reality TV project America’s Next Great Author—which we’re excited to share about on this week’s show.
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Ashley C. Ford is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast, and co-host of The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. She has written or guest-edited for ELLE Magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York magazine, The New York Times, Domino, Cup of Jo, and various other web and print publications.
Melissa Febos is the author of BodyWork, a manifesto about memoir and memoir-writing, in addition to Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me, which was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Her second essay collection, Girlhood, a National Bestseller, was published in 2021.