About Ava Glass: Ava Glass is a former civil servant and journalist who once worked closely with spies. She lives in the same town in the south of England as Christopher Steele. But this is, of course, a coincidence. She joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her career and latest novel, Alias Emma.

In this episode, Mike and Ava discuss: 

  • Being captured by writing while living on the careening train of life. 
  • Your first published book not being your first attempt at writing a book. 
  • Surprises in the publishing industry. 
  • Worrying too much and living the advice you would tell your younger self. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Reading is not necessarily the path to being a writer, but it does help cultivate an active imagination. 
  • Story ideas can come from anywhere – careers, television, news articles, travel, and so many more places. Keep your eyes and ears open and you will become inspired.
  • You can learn a lot about yourself as you write fiction. 
  • No chapter gets more rewritten than chapter one. You don’t have to worry if it is awful, because it is just going to be rewritten. 

“Making things up for a living is the ultimate indulgence of your inner child. I make up people; I make up stories. I tell stories to myself constantly. I feel like, in every book, I’m going to be telling stories to people. So that is the ultimate gift I could give my inner kid.” – Ava Glass

Buy Alias Emma

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3PtYFhW

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/54587/9780593496794

Connect with Ava

Website: https://www.avaglass.uk/ 


Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvaGlassBooks

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