How NY Times Bestselling Author Clare Pooley Writes


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New York Times bestselling author, Clare Pooley, spoke to me about rising from the ashes, writing as therapy, her nostalgia for the bygone commute, and her latest "Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting."

Clare's blog-to-memoir deal, The Sober Diaries, was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. Her debut novel - The Authenticity Project – was a New York Times bestseller. Inspired by her own experiences, it's been translated into thirty-two languages, was a Radio 2 Bookclub pick, and winner of the RNA Debut Novel Award.

Her latest, Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting, is described as "... a heartwarming story about the joy of friendships, and the unexpected places they can be forged." Kirkus Reviews called the book “A soothing story where bad things happen yet are overcome, and friendship leads the way to personal acceptance and rebirth.”

Bestselling author Mary Laura Philpott called the book, "... a feel-good ensemble story [for] fans of quirky London-set fare such as Ted Lasso."

Clare graduated from Cambridge University, and spent twenty years in the world of advertising, before becoming a full-time writer.

Stay calm and write on ...

In this file Clare Pooley and I discussed:

  • Why making up stories is not a proper job (wink, wink)
  • Her unique creative process (spoiler: it starts in the dark)
  • Big Magic and harnessing the creative muse
  • The necessity of coffee to the writing life
  • How she embraced the life of a #writerwarrior
  • And a lot more!

Show Notes:

Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting: A Novel by Clare Pooley [Amazon Affiliate]

Clare Pooley's Amazon Author Page [Amazon Affiliate]

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert [Amazon Affiliate]

Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel by Bonnie Garmus [Amazon Affiliate]

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman [Amazon Affiliate]

Clare Pooley on Facebook

Clare Pooley on Instagram

Clare Pooley on Twitter

Kelton Reid on Twitter

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