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  • Alistair Braidwood

This Is Where We Were: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Welcomes Karen Campbell…

The latest podcast sees writer Karen Campbell visiting the Scots Whay Hae! kitchen to talk about her latest novel This Is Where I Am. It’s a great chat, one which touches on the importance of a writing community, why the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” holds true, the importance of life experience, and the balance between research and the writer’s own voice.

Ali not only admits that it is the first of Karen’s books which he has read, but proves it by getting one of their names wrong, (professional to the last). To put that right, they are Proof of Life, Shadow play, After The Fire and The Twilight Time and after hearing Karen talk about those as well as her latest they are now on his ever growing ‘must read’ list.

This Is Where I Am (left) is one of the best novels of 2013, (against plenty of strong competition), and it was fascinating to hear how the book came about and how each character took shape. You can read Ali’s original review here. Recording these podcasts are a privilege when we manage to get the writers themselves to answer questions directly, and we hope you find them as entertaining and informative as we do. If you’re interested in writing, or reading, then this is the listen for you.

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The next podcast is likely to be one of our musical ones, with a special guest recorded live in the living room before some kitchen chat. Or it might be something completely different. We’ve learned to be relaxed about these things.

For further book reviews Ali’s Indelible Ink columns, which appear every month at Dear Scotland, are now collected in one handy place.


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