Hey there Word Nerds!
I’m so glad you’re here with me today because have a great interview to share with you.
Today Matthew Palmer and I talk about balancing writing and life and creating compelling characters. Matthew is a twenty-five-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and has worked as a diplomat all over the world.
For his most recent book, The Wolf of Sarajevo, he taps his own considerable experience in the turbulent region to tell a based-in-reality story that feels like it could almost be ripped from the headlines. In this episode, Matthew and I talk about what it’s like to pull inspiration from your own life’s work and craft it into gripping fiction.
In this episode Matthew and I discuss:
- The parallels between writing and diplomacy
- Understanding others’ points of view
- Developing distinct characters
- Finding the time to write
Plus, Matthew’s #1 tip for writers.
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About The Wolf of Sarajevo: Twenty years after the end of the wars in the Balkans, the fighting has stopped in Bosnia…but the war is far from over. In his latest riveting international thriller, The Wolf of Sarajevo, career American diplomat and acclaimed novelist Matthew Palmer taps his own considerable experience in the turbulent region to tell a based-in-reality story that could be on the verge of grabbing international headlines. With close personal ties to the Balkans, Palmer portrays a scenario of violent conflict where peace is fragile and nationalism runs deep.
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About the Author: Matthew Palmer is a twenty-five-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is currently serving as the Director for Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs. He has worked as a diplomat all over the world and while on the secretary of state’s Policy Planning staff, he helped design and implement the Kimberley Process for certifying African diamonds as “conflict free.”
Matthew’s career as a diplomat has certainly informed and inspired his fiction and he can certainly speak to the challenges of juggling writing with a very busy “day job.” Writing is also practically woven into his DNA, since he comes from a family of excellent thriller authors, including his father Michael Palmer, and brother Daniel Palmer. To learn more about Matthew Palmer, you can visit the Penguin Random House website, or follow him on Facebook.
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