Kelly Corrigan

in Conversation with Matt Nathanson

Recorded May 16th, 2020

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Kelly Corrigan in conversation with Matt Nathanson
Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Kelly Corrigan has been called “the voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by HuffPost.
She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. She is also the creative director of The Nantucket Project and host of their conversation series about what matters most. She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband, Edward Lichty, and her daughters, Georgia and Claire.
Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough multi-platinum hit “Come on Get Higher.” His 2013 release, Last of The Great Pretenders, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 while hitting #1 on iTunes’ Alternative Albums chart. Nathanson has performed on The Howard Stern Show, Ellen, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray, and The CMA Awards to name a few.
His most recent album, Sings His Sad Heart spawned the hit single “Used To Be” which was a chart climber – hitting top 15 at Hot AC and is streaming a million streams a month.

Appreciation is the purest, strongest form of love. It is the outward-bound kind of love that asks for nothing and gives everything.”

– Kelly Corrigan, The Middle Place

Kelly Corrigan’s first book, The Middle Place, is a memoir about her Irish-American father’s battle with cancer and her own triumph over the disease. The best-seller was recognized by Barnes and Noble as part of the “Discover Great New Writers” campaign.
Kelly’s second book, Lift, was published two years later. it is an examination of risk and parenthood in the form of a letter to her children
Published two years later, Glitter and Glue served as the inspiration for the Glitter and Glue for Good tour, a string of 16 fundraisers for the causes her readers care about most, including Girls on the Run, Gilda’s Place and Clearity.
Kelly has contributed to O, The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and other print and online publications

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    I love you both! I have been a fan of Matt’s for over 10 years and just met Kelly a year ago through Doin’ It In the Nook. How did the two of you meet?

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    What sentence from “Tell Me More” has resonated the most during this time? Does it change day by day, and are there ones you find yourself leaning on more than others?

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    Do have a mantra that is helping you get through these crazy days?

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    Kelly, I adored Glitter & Glue and The Middle Place. Can you tell us about your writing process? I’d also love to hear what you see are the challenges and joys about writing about your family. Thank you!

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    Did there ever come a time after your first hit song, that you felt pressure to repeat/recreate another hit, and did it affect your creativity?

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    I’m curious as to how this pandemic has changed your work habits and what do you do when you are overwhelmed by anxiety at the state of the world?

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    Has the shelter in place changed your relationship with your teenager? (My daughter was so independent and busy before this, and now I feel like I got her back. Breakfast in bed, watching Schitt’s Creek together, etc. It’s been a silver lining for sure, so I’m curious if you’re having a similar experience. I have a 3rd grader, too, that’s a whole other story!!)

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    What is your primary source of income?

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    How can I find a list of past author conversations and hear them? rg

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    Do you think you and your family will want to travel together after the stay at home orders are lifted? Or have you seen enough of each other for a while?

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    Your website says you’re working on a novel? Why write fiction when you capture real life so well?

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    Tell Me More is my new favorite book! Do you realize that you’re going to write about those moments as they’re happening, or do all the connections come together as you’re sitting down to write?

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    I loved your new book and thought it was so smart that you organized it the way you did! Can you tell us why you chose that kind of book at this time in your life?

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    Kelly, how is the pandemic impacting your family! Are you all doing well?