How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together

Jennifer Miller frequently writes for the “New York Times” style section and has also written novels, but for “Mr. Nice Guy,” she teamed up with her husband, Jason Fiefer, who is the editor-in-chief of “Entrepreneur Magazine.” The novel draws on both authors’ extensive experience in the magazine world and has been described as “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Sex in the City.”

In this interview, we talked about how the semicolon (of all things!) brought these two together, why they both love and overuse the colon, what it’s like to work as a writing team, which parts of the novel are based on real excesses in the magazine industry and the authors’ own writing travails, and more. 

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player or by finding the podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.


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  • March 21, 2019