Literary Atlanta Episode 13: Sally Kilpatrick

Sally Kilpatrick, author of Bless Her Heart
It took a while for me to warm to Posey, the main character in Sally Kilpatrick’s latest novel, Bless Her Heart. You must read your way into some of Posey’s backstory before you figure out just why she is the way she is. Sally and I talked about that and some of the more serious themes that she’s woven into this book.

That led to bigger discussions about writing—where she found her writing community and honed her writing skills—and why some people are quick to dismiss any book that’s marketed as romance or contemporary women’s fiction. Sally tells an exceptional story about how a negative comment from a literary agent helped her own her writer’s voice. Whether you follow the hashtag #metoo or the hashtag #NaNoWriMo, you don’t want to miss episode 13 featuring author Sally Kilpatrick.

Would you like to attend the launch party for Sally’s new novel? RSVP for the party here: Bless Her Heart Book Launch Party Facebook Event Page.

Follow Sally on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @SuperWriterMom.

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Are you excited about National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo? The Decatur Writers Studio is hosting a free NaNoWriMo Write In on November 4th. Please note that space is limited to the first 20 people to register. You’ll find other NaNoWriMo events and activities—both online and IRL—by registering at the NaNoWriMo website.

Other Events Mentioned in This Episode

Regina Bradley Event at Margaret Mitchell House

Emory Community Reading of Howl

Books Mentioned in This Episode

Bless Her Heart-book coverBless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick

 

 

 

 

The Happy Hour ChoirThe Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick

 

 

 

 

Bird by BirdBird By Bird by Anne Lamott– this is the book that Sally mentions in our interview. Lamott advises writers to start with a shitty first draft. In fact, there’s a whole chapter devoted to “Shitty First Drafts.” You’re welcome!