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The Make Meaning Podcast

Jan 16, 2024

Ana Veciana-Suarez is a journalist and author. She has written for various publications and has published several books, including her latest novel, Dulcinea, which was inspired by her reading of Don Quixote in high school. Known for her meticulous research and attention to detail, Anna spent many years digging up the information she needed to focus on the Spanish Inquisition. 


In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, host Lynne Golodner interviews Ana about her writing process, the challenges of researching historical fiction, her experiences with marketing her book, and her insights into the changing landscape of the writing community.


In this episode, Lynne and Ana discuss: 

  • Juggling writing as a journalist and author

  • Process of writing her novel, Dulcinea

  • Marketing and response to the book

  • Different challenges, writing fiction as opposed to journalism

  • Balancing writing with life and work

  • Advice for aspiring writers: read and have self-discipline

  • Finding historians who are subject matter experts in the era you are writing about

  • Focusing on the characters at the edges of a story

  • Golden Age Spain


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If you enjoyed this episode, you’ll like these other Make Meaning Podcast episodes:

Episode 146 – Barbara Stark-Nemon – Tracing the Path of Historical Fiction

Episode 136 – Tammy Pasterick – Writing & Publishing Your Way

Episode 132 – Merryn Glover – Literary Fiction About Place

Episode 127 – Ly Tran – Writing Unapologetically

Episode 118 – Elizabeth Gowing – How to Know a Place by Living its Stories