Episode 60: Bring Your Setting to Life – Interview with Linda Fairstein

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there, Word Nerds! I’m so excited to share this interview with you today. I’ll be talking to Linda Fairstein about the world she built in her famed “Alex Cooper” series. Linda is a former Manhattan prosecutor and New York Times bestselling author. Her books are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her latest (the 17th in the series) is Devil’s Bridge, which is out now.

Before turning to writing, Linda was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

In this episode Linda and I discuss:

  • Writing realistic setting.
  • Drawing boundaries between yourself and your character.
  • The role of setting in fiction.
  • Research and going straight to the source to get it right.

Plus, Linda’s #1 tip for writers.


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Link to Episode 60

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Check out Linda’s latest book Devil’s Bridge (the book she and I discussed in the episode) by clicking the cover or the link.

If you want to learn more about Linda Fairstein and her fantastic books, you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or visit her website.


Join me for a FREE video training series, plus an open house event today at 8pm ET. Go to DIYMFA.com/OpenHouse to sign up and get more details.

I’ll be teaching a short master class, then opening up for Q&A and answering questions about writing, publishing, and all things bookish. I’ll also share a little bit of info about our flagship course DIY MFA 101, which closes enrollment this Friday.

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Until next week, keep writing and keep being awesome.


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