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370: Behind the Cowriting Process of a Debut Author Duo — Interview with Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman

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Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman.

Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman have been great friends for over 20 years and are now co-authors. Their friendship has sustained them through the ups and downs of raising kids, juggling careers, and creating new family traditions. Girls with Bright Futures, their debut novel, out now, is a dark, suspenseful journey into the cutthroat world of college admissions.

Between the two of them, they have undergraduate degrees from Princeton University and the University of Michigan, a law degree from UC Berkeley, careers in marketing, non-profit leadership, and biotechnology law, two husbands, and four kids (three of whom have survived the college admissions process without a single parent landing in jail). 


In this episode Tracy, Wendy, and I discuss:
  • How focusing on mother-daughter relationships escalated the tension.
  • What they learned from keeping their cowriting process intentionally simple.
  • Why they made their alpha protagonist a bit of an outsider.


Plus, their #1 tip for writers.

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