Dani Vee of the Words and Nerds podcast joins Rebecca Higgie for the final Fremantle Press Podcast of 2020

The Fremantle Press Podcast
The Fremantle Press Podcast
Dani Vee of the Words and Nerds podcast joins Rebecca Higgie for the final Fremantle Press Podcast of 2020

What happens when you put two podcasters into one studio? You get podcast mashup audio magic! In this episode host Rebecca Higgie celebrates the release of her debut novel, The History of Mischief, while Dani Vee celebrates the three-year anniversary of her tiny podcast with big ideas.

English teacher, lit lover and self-confessed nerd Dani Vee describes her podcast, Words and Nerds, as a passion project created because of her love of literature and her desire to get into the minds of authors. Rebecca Higgie was thrown into the deep end as the Fremantle Press Podcast host after winning the Fogarty Literary Award. It’s an important part of the training new authors do when working with Fremantle Press.

Both podcasters are fans of tea, chocolate and Little Golden Books, and remember the special moment when, after enduring the weekly trip to the supermarket, they got to put a book in the shopping trolley.

There is an excellent discussion about how to handle one-star or no-star reviews and about how exposing the act of sharing your writing can be. Rebecca Higgie says she went from not telling anyone about being a writer and writing in secret to doing events, social media and interviews. She says, ‘I’ve always been a writer but I came to the conclusion in my teens that I was a bad writer … I was embarrassed. Why would you write a book when you’re terrible at writing?’

Dani Vee agrees that writers describe the act of writing as very exposing. In her podcast, writer Christian White said, ‘It’s like you’re standing naked and saying, “This is all I’ve got, people! I’m sorry, I wish I could be better.’

Show notes:

Podcast host Rebecca Higgie won the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for her YA novel The History of Mischief.

Follow Rebecca Higgie on Instagram @RebeccaHiggieAuthor and on Facebook and Twitter @RebeccaHiggie. Her website is rebeccahiggie.com.au.

Dani Vee is the host and producer of Words and Nerds, a podcast focused on chats with authors exploring the social and political influences of the writing, the writing process and how literature has the power to change the world.

Follow Dani on Facebook @WordsAndNerds, Instagram @WordsAndNerds_Podcast, Twitter @WordsNNerds_Pod and YouTube.

Words and Nerds Episodes mentioned:

Christian White: The Wife and The Widow

Jackie French: Cooking, Shakespeare and Searching for Truth in Historical Fiction

Feedback Sessions: Michael Pryor

Trent Dalton: All Our Shimmering Skies

Fremantle Press episodes mentioned:

Crime writing podcast with Dave Warner and Alexander Thorpe

Hopping vampire podcast with Shirley Marr

Books mentioned:

Hangman by Jack Heath

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Of Memory and Furniture by Bron Bateman

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White

Authors mentioned:

Adrian Beck

Ben Hobson

Bron Bateman

Elliot Perlman

Felice Arena

Jackie French

Kate Forsyth

Mark Smith

Maya Linnell

Michael Pryor

Nicole Hayes

Tim Harris

Trent Dalton

Music: ‘Letter to a Daughter of St George’, from The Meat Lunch EP: Songs from Floaters. Written by Alan Fyfe. Performed by Trevor Bentley (guitar and vocals – @trevormb) and Chris Parkinson (harmonica). Produced by Blake Carnaby of Nuglife studios with impresario work by Benjamin P. Newton.
Producer: Claire Miller
Mastered and edited by: Aidan d’Adhemar
Sponsored by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund


Books discussed
The History of Mischief

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