After reading through The Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao my initial thought was ‘Thank God my life isn’t as bad as this guy.’ Within moments of reading it I was invested because of the relatable themes about body image, insecurity and stereotypes. Junot Díaz presents a stunning contrast between two distinct but similar worlds: the Trujillo ravaged Dominican Republic and the illusionary land of America.
Over the weekend, I appeared on Hannah’s Bookshelf, which plays on North Manchester FM every Saturday. Hosted by Hannah Kate, the show is about the world of writing and publishing. Hannah runs an independent press called Hic Dragones, and it was a pleasure to go on live radio for the first time.
Establishing yourself as a writer can be hard, whether you’re trying to publish a novel or gain a following. Endless drafts pile up and the editing process can lead to sleepless nights. So, when there’s a platform to promote your work then you have to make the most of it. This was the case when I appeared on Whisky And Words, a new podcast dedicated to helping writers who are trying to establish themselves.