In Conversation with Michelle Grierson, author of Becoming Leidah
Season 03 Episode 04 of the Intralingo World Lit Podcast
We’re so happy to share a truly magical conversation with author Michelle Grierson about her debut novel, Becoming Leidah. This one includes questions from a number of readers and is filled with deeply personal shares and insights.
Founder & Creative Director, Intralingo Inc.
00:00:11 – Introduction
00:03:00 – Michelle’s Norwegian ancestry and how “blood memory” played a role in telling this story
00:06:08 – The heart of the book as a mother-daughter story
00:08:52 – The myth of the Selkies
00:11:10 – The shapeshifter as the Norse God Odin
00:12:31 – How the book came to Michelle in “quilt patches”
00:13:28 – The state of liminality throughout the book
00:14:58 – Michelle’s use of trines and the Norse cosmology of time
00:19:05 – The oneness of everything and playing with space on the page
00:20:56 – Reader is completely engaged from the first paragraph
00:25:33 – Story structure and the writing process
00:28:01 – Letting go of a book once it’s published
00:32:07 – The mother-daughter relationship
00:37:00 – The father as the villain in this story
00:41:43 – Two personal things Michelle took away from writing this book
00:46:09 – Reader takeaways from experiencing this book
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