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May 20, 2021

In this interview, you’ll hear how an early family tragedy provided the inspiration for her story, how her research took her down rabbit holes filled with bugs, how she made a grumpy main character someone readers still want to spend time with, and how parting ways with her first agent led to a perfect fit with not only another agent but a brand-new imprint for women’s fiction as well.

Rachel Mans McKenny's essays and humor have appeared recently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, InStyle, Catapult, McSweeney's, and other outlets. She teaches at Iowa State University, and can be found @rmmckenny on Twitter, and as @rachelmansmckenny on Instagram.

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