Sue Campbell spends most of her writing time working on Middle Grade novels, which is why listeners might be shocked by the two major story influences in her life: Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night and John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany. Together, Abigail and Sue explore the tremendous impact these stories had on Sue’s personal and professional life, from pushing her to question who she is perceived as, who she wants to be, and how to align the two–to the immeasureable power of a fueled and supported imagination.
Listen to this episode to explore the dark, complex questions that challenge our identities, and be inspired by what can happen when we set out to become who we want to be with intention and purpose. Email Abigail at abigailkperry [AT] gmail [DOT] com to continue the conversation.
Have you read Mother Night or A Prayer for Owen Meany? If not, I greatly encourage you to venture out of your genre norms for these thought provoking literary works. Borrow the text or audio version at your local library, or purchase from these vendors:
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY
In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.
Interested in some other topics discussed in this podcast? Explore these resources for your own creative journey.
- Pages & Platforms: Visit Sue’s website to learn about her book launch/marketing services and more.
- The Four Tendencies – Gretchen Rubin’s book and concepts on the four personality types she uses to help people understand more about behavior and actions.
- Intro Music: “Open Those Bright Eyes” by Kevin MacLeod, edited for this podcast’s intro and closing. License: Creative Commons