Uncorking a Story

Hosted ByMike Carlon

Stories influence, teach and inspire us, but what about the storytellers who create them? Uncorking a Story profiles storytellers to uncover how their background and life experiences influence the stories they create. We learn what motivates them, their path to success, and what fuels them to keep creating. It all starts by asking one simple question, where does your story begin? Welcome to uncorking a story. All of the books promoted on Uncorking a Story can be viewed and purchased here: https://bookshop.org/shop/UncorkingaStory

Unseen Lists: Discovering Ourselves Beyond the Pages, with Julee Balko

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In this episode, we delve into the captivating world of Julee Balko, an author renowned for her intricate portrayal of complex female characters and her bold exploration of themes like grief, personal growth, and the transformative power of storytelling. Julee shares the journey behind her latest novel, “The Me List,” a story rich with snark, heart, and an unlikely friendship that challenges societal judgments and celebrates the power of self-discovery.

Meet Julee Balko

Julee Balko is an author who loves writing novels with complicated women characters. She joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her second novel, The Me List, which is full of snark and heart as it brings to life an unlikely friendship between neighbors. 

Key Highlights

  1. The Genesis of a Writer: Julee traces her writing origins back to childhood, highlighting her innate passion for storytelling and the pivotal role of her early English teachers and educational choices in shaping her authorial voice.
  2. Grief as a Creative Catalyst: The profound impact of personal loss on Julee’s writing, particularly how the passing of her mother inspired her first novel. This segment explores the intricate balance of weaving grief with humor to offer solace and understanding to readers navigating their own losses.
  3. The Making of “The Me List”: Insights into Julee’s second novel, which contrasts significantly with her first in tone but similarly engages deeply with themes of personal identity and transformation. Julee discusses the inspiration behind the book, focusing on the journey of self-improvement and empowerment against a backdrop of judgment and societal expectations.
  4. A Shift from Advertising to Authorship: Julee’s transition from a career in advertising to full-time writing and how the experiences in the corporate world have influenced her storytelling and creative process.
  5. Advice to Aspiring Authors: Practical tips and motivational advice for new writers, including the importance of perseverance through rejection, the value of feedback, and the potential of social media and small publishers in getting noticed.

Buy The Me List

Amazon: https://amzn.to/4c4MbtB

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/54587/9781685133610

Connect with Julee

Website: https://www.juleebalko.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/misplacedcomma2

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juleebalko/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21513422.Julee_Balko

Connect with Mike

Website: https://uncorkingastory.com/

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