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

Oct 26, 2023

In this episode:

  • The inspiration behind and evolution of Emily’s book, Cost of Living [2:27]

  • Emily’s research process to get specific details for her essays [5:43]

  • Writing about a broken system, and getting feedback from people with opposing views [10:05]

  • How she details her personal medical experiences [13:17]

  • The benefit of finding a supportive writing group [22:08]

  • Her next book [25:15]


Emily Maloney is the author of COST OF LIVING (Holt), a USA Today Best Book of 2022. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays, and the American Journal of Nursing, among others. In addition to her work as an EMT and ER tech, she has worked as a dog groomer, pastry chef, general contractor, tile setter, and catalog model and has sold her ceramics at art fairs. Maloney has twice been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. She lives in Evanston, Illinois. Her next book, BURN THIS HOUSE DOWN, is forthcoming in 2025.


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