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The People We Keep: An Interview with Allison Larkin

Friday, August 5th, 2022
The People We Keep: An Interview With Allison Larkin

Enjoy this exclusive podcast interview with Allison Larkin discussing her writing process for The People We Keep. 

This is our final episode of Season 1! Be sure to scroll down to see the list of your top ten favorite episodes and my short list of must-listen episodes to keep you busy until our next season, launching on September 9th! 

Have you ever thought about how the #MeToo movement might have impacted your favorite characters? What if the world saw your character as unlikeable or difficult, but the world’s new lens saw her as beloved and endearing?

Today I give you a peek behind the Patreon wall to fully immerse yourself in this MomAdvice Book Club selection. Download my playlist to travel through April’s life in the songs and download my exclusive book club guide to host your own chat! 

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The People We Keep is a captivating coming-of-age story pulled at every heartstring as you follow one girl’s journey towards finding love in her chosen family.

April Sawicki lives in a motorless motorhome that her father won in a poker game. Failing out of school, and picking up shifts at a local diner, she’s left fending for herself in a town where she’s never quite felt at home. When she “borrows” her neighbor’s car to perform at an open mic night, she realizes her life could be much bigger than where she came from. After a fight with her dad, April packs her stuff and leaves for good, setting off on a journey to find a life that’s all hers.

This emotional journey to find April’s true family is compelling and moving.I love to see how April moves through the world meeting people who feel like home.  It reminds us that chosen families can be just as good as the real ones.

You will find a very determined voice in this character, but April isn’t the only determined woman. 

In today’s interview, you will find that Allison is just as determined. 

She wants her story told and will not compromise in any fashion on this story, no matter how long it might take or how many hands it had to pass. 

Ultimately, it has become such a beloved story to many readers because of her dogged determination. So today, we celebrate Allison Larkin. 

About Allison Larkin: 

Allison Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of The People We KeepStay, Why Can’t I Be You, and Swimming for Sunlight

Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice, and nonfiction in the anthologies I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship and Author in Progress. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jeremy.

Connect with Allison Larkin on her website.

The People We Keep: An Interview with Allison Larkin (Podcast)

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Mentioned in this episode:

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

Stay by Allison Larkin

Why Can’t I Be You by Allison Larkin

Swimming for Sunlight by Allison Larkin

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship

Author in Progress

The People We Keep Playlist

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  1. Strong Book Opinions Wanted (Episode 24)
  2. Best Books of 2021 Part 1 (Episode 16)
  3. Best Backlist Books You Missed Part 2 (Episode 33)
  4. Must Read True Crime Books (Episode 21)
  5. Best Books of 2021 Part 2 (Episode 17)
  6. Improve Your Reading Focus and Memory (Episode 32)
  7. Use These Cleaning Hacks For a Better Reading Life (Episode 28)
  8. The Best Audiobooks for Your Reading Life (Episode 39)
  9. Best Backlist Books You Missed Part 2 (Episode 33)
  10. Episode 19: Sneak Peek: Fully Booked

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  1. What it Takes to Be A Top GoodReads Reviewer (Episode 11)
  2. 2. How the Storygraph Can Enhance Your Reading Life: An Interview With Nadia Odunayo- the CEO and Founder (Episode 25)
  3. Hopes & Heartbreaks of Pandemic Publishing With Gae Polisner (Episode 20)
  4. The Julia Whelan Interview You Need to Hear (Episode 40)
  5. This Will Be Funny Later: An Interview With Jenny Pentland (Episode 34)

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