Chris .J. Farley has written five novels and several biographies and other books of non-fiction. He’s also an executive editor at Audible.
One of the fascinating things about Chris is that he’s such a polymath (except, I think, when it comes to sports). He’s as comfortable talking about his relationship with Beyonce as he is discussing Rilke’s Letter to a Young Poet or Emily Dickenson or Gwendolyn Brooks. But that’s not why he’s on this podcast.
In this podcast, he talks about his role as s storyteller giving voice to the voiceless. He talks about writing young adult fiction with African American protagonists, and why he believes that’s crucially important. He also talks about the drive within to become a writer, and the necessity of organizing your life around that urge. He’s an amazing speaker with a truly brilliant mind. His most recent book is Zero O’clock, from Akashic books, and you can order it here.