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Connie Willis, the multiple Hugo Award-winning author of Blackout, and Carrie Vaughn, the author of the Kitty Norville paranormal fantasy series, discuss speculative fiction and the art of writing.

Listen to Blackout by Connie Willis.
©2010 Connie Willis, Carrie Vaughn (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Heather
  • Durham, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-22-10

these authors made me want to hear their work

Having 2 authors interview each other was an innovative way to create interest in their writing. After listening to their conversation I went searching for one of their books to download. And I intend to listen to more!

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Delightful!

What a surprise to find this. I enjoyed listening in on this great conversation about writing. It's so intelligent and entertaining. I hadn't thought of Connie Willis in years--I don't know why, but it seems I have some catching up to do with her books. I'll be checking into Carrie Vaughn's work, too.

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  • Beverly
  • springfield, VA, United States
  • 12-20-10

Fascinating Discussion & Writing Perspecives

Two very smart, interesting writers discussing how they got that way, what they do now, and what they might did differently. Interesting discussion from start to finish.

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  • Tess
  • Stoughton, WI
  • 05-18-17

Enjoyable discussion!

I liked hearing one of my favorite authors, Connie Willis, discuss her writing and inspirations. I am now interested in reading books by Carrie Vaughn, whose books I've heard of but never read. I found it a little annoying that Connie talked over Carrie several times. I also wanted to heard more about Connie's non-time traveling books, but she didn't talk about them. I'll look for more interviews. This overall was an enjoyable listen and I'm glad it was free from Audible.

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Connie Willis & Carrie Vaughn

I enjoyed listening to this inspiring interview.
Found it educational as we and I Picked up some pointers along the way too.

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Awesome to hear these authors sharing their experience

I love to hear about the experience of authors especially after reading several of their books. It's neat to see what similarities they share and also how different their personal journeys have been. I highly recommend reading their books andening to them talk about the ideas and inspiration behind the creation of those books.

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And what are you doing next?

What would have made Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn: A Conversation better?

They could discuss more about writing and how they get ideas. The best part was Willis' perspective on the importance of individuals in history. It would have been nice to hear more of why she held these views. Vaughn expressed no feelings about her subject matter. It's okay, but it sure could have been better. It felt a little uncomfortable - like this was the first time they had talked, which it couldn't have been.

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It really is a conversation

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This really is a conversation, with the two ladies talking shop about writing their books. I enjoyed the insight, and they gave some advice for new writers. I thought that the time management tip was pretty good, and I've heard it applied to more than just writing before. :)

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thin soup

Would you try another book from Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn and/or the narrator?

no

Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn again?

I have never read any connie Willis, I wait for every new release by Carrie Vaughn and continue to enjoy her work.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I assumed the ladies were speaking for themselves

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I really thought I would gain more insight into Carrie's writing motivations and learn about a new writer. Couldn't finish listening, got bored.

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  • Dann
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 04-26-11

Interesting

Got some good info from it about writing. A bit of a love fest but it has some good points to ponder.

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  • F. Meier
  • 12-27-16

Trivial

Questions and themes discussed between the two writers are trivial. To write series or alone-standing novels? Assumptions about reders like that they just want to read the same (or about the same characters) again and again flourish in this talk. Thus writing series seemingly becomes a sign of succes / 'good quality' (maybe because that is where the money runs?). This is sad, because at least one of the two writers writes in my opinion excellent books (I haven't read anything by the other). And I'm sure they could have gone into much more interesting questions about their stories and how they relate to things going on in peoples everyday lives all over.