Posted on 01/08/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Mesha Maren has spent a fair amount of time in prison without being incarcerated herself.

As a child, she accompanied her father, who volunteered to visit women in a federal prison camp; nowadays, she’s a writing fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia.

So it’s not surprising that Maren’s debut novel, Sugar Run, tells the story of a woman released from prison after spending literally half of her life there.

Maren discusses the experiences that led to this novel, as well as the experience of writing it, with Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon.

You can listen to their conversation below or read a transcript on NPR’s website.

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