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In this episode of Books in 30, C.G. Cooper sits down with 2017 Best Book Award Finalist, Christina Julian.
Like the characters in her novel, The Dating Bender, Christina speaks about her fascination with real people and dysfunctional dynamics in fiction. Christina also talks about her love for humor, including how she incorporates it into her work, as well as how she uses it to make the best out of every situation in her everyday life.
LINKS AND RESOURCES:
The Dating Bender by Christina Julian
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Connect with Christina on Facebook
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[02:09] The life events that inspired Christina’s book, The Dating Bender
[06:24] Today Will Be Different and Christina’s love for the portrayal of real people in fiction
[11:56] Loving the characters when you see their inner struggle
[14:42] An excerpt from The Dating Bender by Christina Julian
[17:38] The way Christina finds the humor in her bad reviews
"I loved writing when I was growing up, but I was raised in one of those families where there’s respectable careers like lawyers, bankers, doctors, teachers. Then there’s everything else."
"You dislike [the main character] because they do things that are not cool, but there’s something about them that resonates, and you root for them anyway."
"My favorite thing [about being an author] is that you can write the life you wish you were living."
"This is going to be pretty cliche as far as advice goes, but never give up. I stand behind it firmly."
"Be a glutton for the rejection."
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