#63 Witchy Writing With The Shit No One Tells You About Writing Host, Bianca Marais

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Bianca Marais


I e-met the amazing Bianca Marais when I reached out to her about being on a panel with me at Podfest in Orlando in January. Bianca, who is the host of the fabulously informative podcast The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, was so lovely and agreed to join the panel.

We connected, though, in other ways. She is the author of several terrific books, and a fabulous novel about witches (which is right up my alley). She teaches the craft of writing, like I do, and is from South Africa, like my husband. Actually, hearing her speak makes me think of our family on the other side of the world in a warm and fuzzy way.

Our conversation is engaging and we cover so many fascinating aspects of writing a novel (which I’m in the painful throes of, by the way). I think you will love hearing Bianca speak as much as I do.

In This Episode

How Bianca writes about different genres [2:45]
Writing a story from many POVs [
Opening a novel in a compelling way when there are multiple characters [
The way Bianca included research into her fantasy book [
Exploring the science of magic [
The backstory to The Shit No One Tells You About Writing Podcast [
Bianca’s tips for interviewing and writing [

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About Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais is the author of the bestselling The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, as well as the beloved Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, as well as the Audible Original, The Prynne Viper. She taught at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies where she was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing in 2021. She’s the co-host of the popular podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, which is aimed at helping emerging writers become published. She now teaches creative writing through the podcast and in her personal capacity. She lives in Toronto with her husband and golden retriever, and she’s furiously working away on finishing her next novel.

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