How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies: Sweet and Savory Tips for the Writing Life

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7.08 X 9.0 X 0.67 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Wallen is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling novel

Moon Pies and Movie Stars and the memoir When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir

of Ghost Stories. Amy is the associate director at the New York State Summer

Writers Institute during the summer months, and the rest of the year she

facilitates and co-teaches (with past Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin) a

manuscript workshop in San Diego (at which she serves pie) and teaches

novel writing classes at UCSD Extension. She is also the creator of Savory Salons,

literary salons with pie--a day of discourse with successful authors on

the writing life. She's also the founder of DimeStories--Three-minute

stories told by the author, and featured on NPR. Currently, she is working on two novels,

and she started NaNoPieMo after NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing

Month), which encourages writers to get started on their novels.

Emil Wilson is an art director, illustrator, and comic artist

based in San Francisco. His work has appeared in numerous

magazines and newspapers, as well as on billboards, gas

station walls, NPR, the Oscars, and the Super Bowl. He recently graduated from The Center for Cartoon

Studies, where he has completed a graphic novel in verse form. This year, he was nominated

for a Broken Pencil (Canada) award and earned an Ignatz

nomination for "Promising New Talent."


"Wilson's illustrations pair perfectly with Wallen's pull-no-punches take on the writing life. And while the book is filled with LOL-inducing takes on the rather unglamorous life of writers (along with accompanying illustrations), it's a refreshing and candid take on the how-to format. Rather than coddle aspiring writers with "you-can-do-it"-type platitudes, Wallen keeps it real, often serving up a slice of -- ahem -- humble pie." (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"[Amy Wallen's] new book sweetens writing life with pie and perseverance. The book looks at Wallen's journey to write and publish her novel, "Moonpies and Movie Stars" and memoir, "When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories." It's also a how-to guide for readers to find the perseverance to write a book themselves. Plus, there's pie, from metaphors to "eat pie here" suggestions to plenty of pie recipes -- all illustrated in vibrant color and comic form by artist Emil Wilson." (Julia Dixon, KPBS Public Media)