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Freelance Writing Direct: Conversations with authors, journalists, novelists, memoirists, niche writers, agents, publishers, writing teachers, assigning editors and media experts.

Nov 2, 2023

In this episode:

  • How Audrey came up with the idea of her book Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America [5:23]

  • Audrey’s process of writing about real life people from history [9:32]

  • Advice for simplifying complex topics so the readers can understand it easier [11:42]

  • Integrating research into writing [13:43]

  • Tips for identifying the untold parts of stories and finding the lessons in them [23:21]

  • Integrating societal issues in your writing [25:44]


Audrey Clare Farley is a writer, editor, and scholar of twentieth-century American culture with special interests in science and religion. She earned a PhD in English literature at University of Maryland, College Park. She now teaches U.S. history at Mount St. Mary’s University. She is the author, most recently, of Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America, which was reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Associated Press, and Times Literary Supplement. Her own essays have appeared in the Atlantic, New Republic, Washington Post, and many other outlets. She lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania. 


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