CONVERSATIONS with other writers

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C.M. Mayo

Author and translator, C.M. Mayo, has a new project.  Recently, she’s been interviewing writers and turning the recorded sessions into podcasts.  Each time she questions a different writer and then the podcasts are put on “CONVERSATIONS with other writers” so the public can listen to them for free.

The roster of authors she’s interviewed so far includes: Michael K. Schuessler, author of Elena Poniatowska: An Intimate Biography; Sara Mansfield Taber, writer of the memoir Born Under an Assumed Name;  Rosemary Sullivan, author of Villa Bel-Air, a true history of WWII; Edward Swift, artist, novelist, and writer of the memoir My Grandfather’s Finger.  Upcoming interviews for 2012 will include Sandra Gulland, Sergio Troncoso, Rose Mary Salum, and Peter Behrens.

C.M. Mayo became interested in creating podcasts while she was recorded a lecture for the Library of Congress about the research involved in her novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.  Since then she’s written an iBook, Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurswhich is forthcoming this summer from Dancing Chiva.  She usually does interviews 4-6 times a year.  Those recordings can be listened to online for free and in some cases downloaded.  Why does she do it?  Because she gets to speak with writers she admires and conduct an interview in a less formal manner. “I want to do something different: talk to literary writers as a fellow artist about their works, whether new or old, and explore their lives and their process.”

If you’d like to listen to C.M. Mayo’s podcasts have a look at the website, CONVERSATIONS with other writers.


  1. Thanks for the mention. I warmly recommend the podcast interview with San Miguel Conference faculty member Michael K. Schuessler. Michael talks about some Mexican writers it’s important to know about, and the incomparable Alma Reed, a Californian who had such an influence on Mexico… he explains why she was awarded th Aztec eagle and tells the amazing story of how he found her autobiography in an abandoned closet. I think the ghost of Pita Amor shows up with a thump! Seriously! Listen in. Here’s the direct link to that interview (just select, copy, paste):

  2. And in this series I also interview Edward Swift, a San Miguel de Allende resident who has published several wonderful, widely-acclaimed books, including one of my favorite memoirs of all time, MY GRANDFATHER’S FINGER. What’s it like to live and write in San Miguel de Allende (and the remote Sierra Gorda)? Listen in to what Swift has to say here:

  3. Thanks so much to Catherine Mayo for her wonderful talent, support, enthusiasm, knowledge and interest. I hope you enjoy listening to the interview as much as I enjoyed our conversation about Alma and Pita, among other extraordinary American women (that is, women of the Americas!) I do think that Pita was listening in and gave us her opinion with a loud thump!