Namina Forna

Happy National Novel Writing Month, listeners! We’re eager to start writing with you this week—and we’re bringing you some food for thought about what fuels your writing and your creativity. Guest Namina Forna has been fueled sometimes by anger and injustice. Meanwhile, her light-heartedness and love of fantasy and the magical creates a dynamic counterbalance to the themes that drive her to the page. She ends the episode with such great advice for all of you writers out there doing NaNoWriMo, so get ready—and let’s write!


Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones, which is the first book in the Deathless trilogy, and has been included on all sorts of “most anticipated” and “best of” lists this past year. Originally from Sierra Leone, Namina moved to the U.S. when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina is a novelist and a screenwriter in LA.

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