In this episode, I talk with Mary Lane Potter. Mary is a novelist, writer, and teacher. She’s published numerous works including novels, short stories, and creative nonfiction essays. Her first novel, A Woman of Salt, was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection in 2001. Before writing fiction, Mary received a Ph.D. in Christian theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School. When she converted to Judaism in 1991, she left her tenured position, earned an M.F.A. in creative writing, and began publishing fiction. Mary recently completed a book-length spiritual autobiography entitled Seeking God and Losing the Way: A Story of Love and Conversions.
Together we explore the liminality of writing, the joy of discovery, and Mary’s journey from academic theology to writing fiction. Mary describes meeting anthropologist Victor Turner, individual and cultural transitions, and her writing process.
Learn more: www.marylanepotter.com