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My new favorite novel is The Change by Kirsten Miller. Think Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld witches but written by a woman and set in contemporary New York, so it’s more magical realism than fantasy. In this podcast I chat to the author, Kirsten Miller, who is herself a Granny Weatherwax in the making!
Kirsten Miller grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. At seventeen, she moved to New York City to attend Barnard College.
Kirsten wanted to go into publishing after college, but needed to eat, so she took a job in advertising instead. She spent her first few years in advertising working for a brilliant woman at an agency she adored. Kirsten was well into her career when she left that agency and discovered the ad world was rarely a warm and welcoming place for women.
Along the way she started writing books. Feminist books for girls and women, many of which were co-authored with Jason Segel. Then along came the novel The Change. And now she says she’s writing more books along the lines of The Change, for which I am extremely excited.
Roe v Wade
Kirsten and I chatted before Roe v Wade was overturned. Let me assure you that Kirsten’s character Harriet would help every woman who needed it access a safe abortion. And Nessa would find the bodies of those denied healthcare who died. Then the three of them would avenge every wronged woman and girl.
Although Kirsten Miller herself only ticks the “women” category, I’ve ticked disability, Queer and People of Color as well because Miller’s characters tick those boxes. And Kirsten sourced sensitivity readers. You can hear more about that in the podcast!
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Thank you for joining us for this interview. Kirsten completely blew me away. I hope you enjoy this podcast at least as much as I enjoyed chatting to such an amazing author!