Episode 158 – Suzanne Nugent – On Character Development

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Suzanne Nugent, author of Brunch and Other Obligations and host of the Character Development podcast, uses humor to confront life’s darkest moments. She navigates between various storytelling mediums, from novels to screenplays, finding the right narrative platform for each project.

In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, host Lynne Golodner interviews Suzanne about her creative career and how writing has shaped her as a person. She shares her inspiration for her novel Brunch and Other Obligations and her journey to publishing. Suzanne also talks about her love for storytelling across platforms, including screenwriting and podcasting.

In this episode, Lynne and Suzanne discuss: 

  • How writing helps Suzanne process her thoughts
  • How to keep voice and focus consistent in writing
  • How a first job writing obituaries sparked interest in finding humor in sad situations
  • How to decide on a book publishing path 
  • How hiring a book coach motivated Suzanne to write her novel
  • How to set long-term author career goals 
  • How to adapt novels to film
  • How to create an audiobook

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