Episode 163 – In all the Wrong Places

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The Newbie Writers Podcast

Our guest is Molly Guiles, short story writer.


Molly had some great comments about writing the short story:

  • Start writing 500 word stories – great training for short story writing.
  • Throw up, then Clean Up.
  • Short story is like a joke, it requires a punch line
  • Short stories make you see things Differently.
  • The Novel is kinder than the short story.
  • Prose: Mortgage
  • Poetry: Sex and Death

Catch Molly at Book Passage at 1 PM on April 19

The characters in Molly Giles’ new story collection are looking for and sometimes even finding love IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. Set in Ireland, Mexico, Hawaii, Arkansas, and, yes, Rohnert Park, these 19 sharp-edged, soft-hearted stories explore the wrong turns, right decisions, and moments of unexpected grace found on every journey we take toward one another.

Molly Giles is the author of four previous short story collections and a novel. ALL THE WRONG PLACES won the Spokane Prize.

I will also be talking to a class at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith with Amy Tan about editing on March 18. (I have edited all Amy’s novels since 1985.) I will be teaching a Short Story Repair class at Book Passage on March 28 and will be talking on a panel about Mentoring at the Path to Publishing event at Book Passage on March 29. I will be reading a travel memoir at the Mill Valley library on April 8, and reading at Get Lit, a week long literary festival in Spokane April 23.

Here’s a description of Molly’s first book:

Rough Translations

by Molly Giles

Molly Giles’s engaging collection of stories was the winner not only of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction but also of the 1985 San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) Award for Fiction and the 1986 Boston Globe Fiction Award. Many of the stories in Rough Translations have been anthologized and adapted for radio performance. A master of the complexities of language, Molly Giles writes of the missed connections in life and of the rough translations that we employ when we try to convey, through words and gestures, what we are thinking and what we want from our loved ones.


If you were to furnish the ultimate tree house, what would you include? What is the prefect hideaway for a small child? What is a the prefect hideaway right now?

Word of the Week:

From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014

And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/

ventripotent –  With great capacity or appetite for food


Tortured Sentences:

  1. [From New American Poets of the 80’s, edited by Jack Myers and Roger Weingarten]

Heather McHugh (1948) was born and raised on both coasts and attended Radcliffe College


Shout Outs:

Another Boring Thursday In Adelaide Podcast: http://boringadelaide.com.au/podcast-episodes/079-kiss-adelaide/



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