Diane Cook
Play • 21 min

BuzzFeed calls Diane Cook's debut novel, The New Wilderness "... a gripping and profound examination of love and sacrifice." It's a dystopian tale of a community of wanderers struggling to coexist in a wilderness filled with danger and bracketed by the bureaucracy that has become a fact of life in the canyons of stone and steel they left behind. Diane discusses how she made the switch from the fact based world of NPR's This American Life to award winning fictional short stories. She details the process of creating her protagonist, and it's indirect connection to the loss of her own mother. We learn about her influences and how the world she created isn't much different from the world in which we all exist. It's a fascinating visit with a rising star who's attitude is, "Feel the fear and do it anyway."

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