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In this podcast interview, Jonathan takes us on a journey through his early years, sharing how his passion for storytelling and art intertwined from a young age. Discover how his love for fantasy literature blossomed during a challenging period of illness, providing him with an escape into worlds filled with magical adventures.
Throughout his school years, Jonathan explored various forms of writing, experimenting with comics, gamebooks, poems, and plays, all in search of his true writing style. After studying English Literature at York University, he found his way into the publishing world, working as an editor at Walker Books. During this time, Jonathan honed his understanding of structure, pace, and style while continuing to write in his free time.
In 1999, Jonathan's debut novel, "Buried Fire," was published, solidifying his passion for writing. However, it wasn't until 2001 that he made the bold decision to become a full-time writer, leaving his editorial role behind. Alongside his writing journey, Jonathan also embarked on the adventure of marriage, tying the knot with Gina. They now have a beautiful family, including their daughter Isabelle, older son Arthur, and baby boy Louis.
In this interview, we delve into Jonathan's creative process, his inspirations, and the intricate world-building that has captivated readers around the globe. From the eerie and ghostly mysteries of Lockwood & Co to his other notable works, we explore the depths of his imagination and the stories that have touched the hearts of readers of all ages.
Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights from Jonathan Stroud, a master storyteller who has crafted unforgettable tales that continue to enchant and inspire. Tune in to our podcast and let yourself be transported to the enchanting realms of Jonathan's imagination.
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Anna Gomez was born and raised in the city of Makati, Philippines before she met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. You may recognise Anna as she has been on our show twice before. She came on alongside actor and author Kristoffer Polaha. They wrote a book series together and we talked about the difficulties and joys of doing so.
Anna is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life (The Light in the Wound, Christine Brae 2013) and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Since then, Anna has released six more books under her pen name, Christine Brae.
In December 2019, her agent convinced her to write one more book. Different model, different subject matter. Clean, contemporary, happy endings. Reluctantly, she decided to give it a try. This time, under her real name, Anna Gomez.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Anna can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.
Anna is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management, and is published by the Vesuvian Media Group.
Her latest novel is MY GOODBYE GIRL:
“A heart-wrenching tale of two people destined to be together. Simon and Tessa are fantastically portrayed as star-crossed lovers whose lives are worlds apart. Even those who are not fans of romance will enjoy the relationships, scenery, and beautiful prose of this book. Five stars!”
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