Rakesh Satyal shares his secrets to balancing his work as an editor with writing and promoting his own novels.
You do have to push forward. You’re always going to be a stronger writer the second after what you’re writing gets on the page. There’s always going to be a rationale of why you have to go back and correct that.
RAKESH SATYAL is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.
Books referenced in this episode:
- Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears
- Something that May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg (Daniel Lavery)
- Spoiler Alert, the Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
- Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage by Tori Amos
- I Don’t Want to Die Poor by Michael Arceneaux
- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle