The Worm Hole Episode 02: Orlando Ortega-Medina
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Tune in as book blogger Charlie Place and author Orlando Ortega-Medina (Jerusalem Ablaze; The Death of Baseball) discuss celebrity fictional reincarnation, writing short stories that don't have messages, and working with ideas that could - if misinterpreted - look like something else.

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Question Index

00:36 Tell us about your writing background 03:09 Where do you get your ideas? 04:16 What was behind the decision not to include messages in your short stories? 06:18 How much of the content of your stories are related to your experiences? 07:48 Is Japan a place you have a particular interest in? 12:29 Why Marilyn Monroe? 15:12 Discussing choices in regards to baseball 19:03 Is Jimmy Joe Di Maggio in a different form? 19:40 The abuse in the book - what were you using it for? 21:30 The use of the cat and the blocking out of its name 23:52 Were you worried about any misunderstandings happening in regards to gender, Clyde wanting to be Monroe? 26:34 Tell us about Raphael, particularly in the context of religion and identity 38:08 Has writing a novel changed your preference for novels versus short stories? 38:51 What's next?

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Jerusalem Ablaze: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble

The Death of Baseball: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble

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Photograph used with permission from the author. Copyright © Marte Lundby Rekaa.

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