Jul 6, 2021
Today’s Invisible Stories guest
is author, screenwriter, producer, director, actor, and journalist,
B. Danielle Watkins. She is an international award-winning
filmmaker, and creator of LGBT focused web series. She is also a
professor of writing. B. Danielle’s novel, The Alyse Diaries, explores the life and death of a young woman
struggling with her sexuality.
In this podcast, B. Danielle and
I talk about how she drew inspiration from real life when writing
her fiction books. B. Danielle tells us about:
- How she decided to set the book in the 1990s
and early 2000s, and how she drew on the universal themes of
self-discovery to relate to readers.
- The different experience of writing a novel
compared with writing a screenplay, and how writing a book involves
more characterization and building out of a character, as opposed
to screenplays in which the characters are more influenced by the
actors portraying them.
- How there is still vulnerability in writing
fiction, because we still put something of ourselves into our work.
You still are influenced by your life and your writing is still
being critiqued, even if it isn’t a memoir.