My friends. I am so stoked to bring you this week’s podcast episode — a conversation with Patrick Hicks, poet, author, and the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. (Whew!)

“Whatever scares you to write… that’s what you should be writing.”

Patrick has written more than 10 books and has a wonderfully thoughtful take on the writing process and the publishing industry. His most recent novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, explores the death camps of the Holocaust and the people who worked at, lived in, and rebelled against them.

“I find it more useful as a fiction writer to write what I don’t know.”

Patrick and I talk about fiction as a shared dream between writer and reader, what it’s like to write (and research) a historical novel, how to see the world through a writer’s eyes, how traveling can change the way you write, how to deal with fear, and so much more. I hope you enjoy it!

“One of the things that I learned very quickly when my first poetry collection came out… we opened some champagne and I was like, Wow, this is great — look, it’s my book! Look, it’s my book! And about an hour went by, and my wife said, Patrick, you’ve still gotta take the garbage out.”

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Note: I am INCREDIBLY sorry about the crackling noise in the middle of this week’s episode! I hope it doesn’t drive you too mad, and that you’re still able to enjoy Patrick’s amazing message!

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