Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
Writing for Right Now | Kerri Maher

Writing for Right Now | Kerri Maher

Sometimes it feels like authors are psychic, right? The books they write are published in the exactly right historical moment which makes their work immediately timeless. This is certainly the case for Kerri Maher and her most recent book, All You Have to Do Is Call, which focuses on the true story of Chicago’s Jane Collective and the brave women who fought for reproductive rights. In our conversation today Kerri and I unpack the timing phenomenon, how she balances the POV and arcs of all of her characters, and the hopes she has for the book. Enjoy!

Topics Discussed

  • When Kerri started writing her All You Have to Do Is Call, how it became so timely, and the phenomenon that writers can be a bit psychic

  • Fighting the issue of being pigeon holed as a writer

  • Kerri’s reminder that success as a writer is often not overnight

  • How Kerri decided who would get to speak for themselves as a POV character and who would evolve throughout the book

  • How Kerri kept track of all of her characters arcs and kept it cohesive throughout the novel

  • How Kerri feels about the possibility of her book being banned and the hopes that she has for it

Episode Resources

About Kerri

Kerri Maher is the USA Today bestselling author of The Paris Bookseller, The Girl in White Gloves, The Kennedy Debutante, and, under the name Kerri Majors, This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.

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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.