When The Boat People author Sharon Bala has a writing problem, she turns to this book
This interview originally aired on Sept. 28, 2019.
The book she loves reading over and over again is the classic Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway.
"For those of us who are writers, this book is the closest thing we have to a textbook. My copy is highlighted and dog-eared and has notes in the margins.
"Whenever I'm stuck and I don't know what to do next — or there's a problem with the story I'm working with and don't know how to fix it — I turn to Janet Burroway's book and look for the answer.
"More often than not, there's something there that helps."
Sharon Bala's comments have been edited for length and clarity.