Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
The Emotions of Publication | Huma Qureshi

The Emotions of Publication | Huma Qureshi

It’s always such a treat to read a novel that has a main character who is a writer, but writing a main character who is a writer is a whole different thing. Huma Qureshi, author of Playing Games, is on the Secret Library today and she’s sharing her journey of finally writing the book that she knew she was always meant to write — even in her 40s. Huma talks through the magic of flow, humanizing your characters, and working through every motion of the writing process. This episode is such a delight. 

Topics Discussed

  • Reading a novel with a main character who is a writer and what it was like for Huma to write this character in her novel, Playing Games

  • The magic of being in the flow and how Huma experiences this herself, then how she brings it to life in her book

  • Making the decision to have both of your main characters be POV characters and how Huma fought against the trope of sisterhood in writing

  • The idea of what you can borrow from real life and where that fine line is

  • All of the emotions that can come up when it comes to publishing your novel from pride to exhaustion

  • Why Huma believes you can’t compare long form and short form writing, and the differences she’s felt between the two

  • The hopes that Huma has for her novel, Playing Games, especially since she’s waited so long to share it with the world

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Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.