How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together

Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer, authors of "Mr. Nice Guy," talk about how the semicolon brought them together, how they wrangle working as a writing team, and more.

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #672

Jennifer Miller frequently writes for the "New York Times" style section and has also written novels, but for "Mr. Nice Guy," she teamed up with her husband, Jason Fiefer, who is the editor-in-chief of "Entrepreneur Magazine." The novel draws on both authors' extensive experience in the magazine world and has been described as “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Sex in the City.”

In this interview, we talked about how the semicolon (of all things!) brought these two together, why they both love and overuse the colon, what it's like to work as a writing team, which parts of the novel are based on real excesses in the magazine industry and the authors' own writing travails, and more. 

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.