On episode 99 of the podcast I spoke with my high school buddy, debut novelist Apollo Papafrangou. We discussed:
- the historic run of the Golden State Warriors;
- his fist book, published when he was only a teenager;
- his debut novel, WINGS OF WAX;
- how he wove his Greek-American background into his novel;
- how his MFA changed him;
- treating writing like a career, even when it isn’t;
- the gentrification of Oakland, California;
- three books that changed his writing life.
About our guest:
Apollo Papafrangou is a graduate of the Mills College Creative Writing MFA program, and is the author of WINGS OF WAX.
He attributes his passion for storytelling to being raised in a Greek-American household where the epics of his ancestors were combined with contemporary family lore. If he wasn’t an author, Apollo would be a singer-songwriter under the moniker Greek Lightning, wooing audiences with stormy R&B ballads. Apollo lives in Oakland, CA.