Announcing Author C.M. Mayo's "Conversations with Other Writers", a Podcast Series

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C. M. Mayo is doing something different: talking to literary writers as a fellow artist about their works, whether new or old, and exploring their lives and their process. Now you can listen to these talks via podcasts — C. M. Mayo’s Conversations with Other Writers.

Journalists interviewing authors about their new books is a conventional form but C. M. Mayo is doing something different: talking to literary writers as a fellow artist about their works, whether new or old, and exploring their lives and their process. Now you can listen to these talks via podcasts — C. M. Mayo’s Conversations with Other Writers.

“I believe that through narrative we become more human; truth is beauty; exploration is infinite. When you listen in to one of my podcasts, you’re coming along for the ride, ” Mayo says. “These podcasts, like all art, to some degree, are a gift, in this case, from me to you, just as the writers I interview are giving me—and through me to you— the gift of their perceptions, stories, and advice. It is my hope that in this way our community— the community of those who care passionately about good writing— be enriched.”

Interviewed in the podcasts so far are: Rosemary Sullivan, author of Villa Bel-Air, a true history of WWII which reads like a zany thriller; Solveig Eggerz, author of Seal Woman, a poetic novel of Iceland; Sara Mansfield Taber, author of the memoir, Born Under an Assumed Name; Edward Swift, artist, novelist, and author of the memoir My Grandfather’s Finger; and Michael K. Schuessler, Mexican literature expert and biographer extraordinaire. At present, there are three more conversations scheduled for 2012: with Sandra Gulland, Sergio Troncoso, Rose Mary Salum and Peter Behrens.

Mayo will be offering a new “Conversation” roughly 4 – 6 times per year. Listen in to the ones that have been posted at any time. The author podcasts more frequently on other subjects, including creative writing, readings from and lectures about her books, and the Marfa Mondays series.

As for the interviews themselves, some take place via Skype, connecting the participants wherever they are (such as Mexico City or Alexandria, Virginia) while others are in person. The interview with Edward Swift was recorded in his studio in San Miguel de Allende, for example, and another, with Michael K. Schuessler, was recorded in a Mexico City bookstore. In sum, it varies.

ABOUT C.M. MAYO: Mayo is the author of the novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire; as well as a memoir of travels in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Miraculous Air; and Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Also an enthusiastic podcaster, Mayo started out with a simple recording of her lecture for the Library of Congress about the original research behind her novel based on the true story, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, back in 2009. Since then, it’s just been one podcast after another. The author’s iBook, Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs, is forthcoming from Dancing Chiva this summer, 2012. Learn more by visiting http://www.cmmayo.com.

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