Hi friends! Welcome to your weekly Coffee Break.
Today I’m talking to Vanessa Blakeslee, the acclaimed short-story writer (and, I can add, distinguished and delightful personage) who has published her first novel, Juventud.
Juventud (or “Youth“) is a beautifully and vividly written coming-of-age novel set in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and follows the story of Mercedes Martinez, a young woman who is in love and determined to make her own choices in life — until tragedy strikes.
Vanessa was a pure delight to talk to and I think you’ll enjoy our conversation, which delves into the agency that we give our characters when we write about them, the differences between crafting a novel and a short story, giving your subconscious the time to “stew” over your story, and more!
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