Episode #54 – Writing with Chronic Illness, an interview with Stephanie Harper

Stephanie Harper recently published her debut novel, Wesley Harper Goes Outside. Both Stephanie and her main character, Wesley, struggle with chronic conditions, and in this interview, Stephanie shares her insights on writing despite her own limitations as well as how she developed Wesley, a character who struggles with anxiety, PTSD, and agoraphobia.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • How Stephanie has balanced her craft with life and a chronic illness
  • How she manages to stay connected to her creativity and muses even on those days that she’s unable to get out of bed
  • How important reading is to becoming a better writer
  • Some of Stephanie’s tips for creating fully developed characters, and the questions she asks herself about them

Stephanie Harper is not only a novelist, but also a published poet. We ended the episode with a reading of her poem “Epiphany” which is a beautiful piece about inspiration.

Links Mentioned in the Show

Connect with Stephanie Harper

Stephanie Harper is the author of Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside (Propertius Press, 2020), as well as a poetry collection entitled Sermon Series (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. She’s written personal essays and articles for many publications online and in print. She currently lives in Littleton, CO.

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