In this episode of the School For Writers Podcast, Lauren interviews Paige Baschuk, one of her students in the Write Your Friggin’ Book Already™ program.
This American expat is a mom of two, a Swiss landscape lover, and an amazing writer. As a journalist and creative writer, Paige always dreamed of becoming an author and sharing her art with the world.
She is now in the process of writing her second novel and is here today to tell us all about this exciting journey.
Throughout the conversation, you’ll hear them discuss the roadblocks Paige has encountered to write her first novel during the pandemic, how thanks to WYFBA she has finally given herself permission to write, what nurturing her book looked like while caring for her toddlers at home, and even a few details about her new novel!
Listen to this entire episode (it is that important!) And then head over to the links and resources section for more info about the Write Your Friggin’ Book Already™ program.
Paige is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has always had a love of the printed word beginning with her first job in the obituaries department at the local newspaper where she grew up in Bakersfield, California; and later as an investigative journalist in Washington, D.C. Paige joined WYFBA 2020 at an arguably terrible moment to begin writing a novel. It was two months into the Swiss COVID lockdown and she was caring for a baby and toddler in a small apartment. Paige says that despite the logistics, she felt herself being called to join. She says she “needed to write this novel for her sanity.” Nine months later she is on the fourth draft of that novel. Her book, currently titled “The Valley Between Us,” takes place in the 1960s in Switzerland and 1990s in California.
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Book recommendation of the week:
The Seven of Husbands by Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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