Tue, 31 July 2018
Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS, talks about starting to write so he could create happy endings for his own life, being more creative when working at night, wanting to chuck the rulebook, and his nontraditional publishing journey.
Julian Winters Show Notes
Felicity (TV show)
Scandal (TV show)
Robbie Rogers (out soccer player)
Tue, 24 July 2018
Katie Cotugno, author of HOW TO LOVE, FIREWORKS, TOP TEN, and 99 DAYS and its sequel, 9 DAYS AND 9 NIGHTS, talks about the correlation between how she’s feeling and whether she’s writing, her ten-year debut novel, and making sense in the quiet after the loud.
Katie Cotugno Show Notes
The Office (TV show)
Tue, 17 July 2018
Emily X. R. Pan, debut author of the New York Times bestselling THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, talks about how she discovered her creative life after going to business school, her many years of writing and re-writing her book, and finding her bravery to put herself on the page.
Penguin (now Penguin Random House)
Professor Chuck Wachtel at NYU
“Losing Face” in Chinese culture
Tue, 10 July 2018
Brendan Kiely, author of THE GOSPEL OF WINTER, THE LAST TRUE LOVE STORY, and co-author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS. His newest novel, TRADITION, is an exploration of the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school. Brendan talks about the nature of authorship, the heroic value of humility, and working hard to not have an office.
Brendan Kiely Show Notes
Jessie Chaffee (Brendan’s wife)
Rob Weisbach (Brendan’s agent)
Chris Lynch (YA author)
Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
I Have the Right To by Chessy Prout
Tue, 3 July 2018
Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, talks about having a no-boundaries critique partner relationship, unhealthy (but effective) drafting processes, and how Saturn’s return led to her debut novel.
Adrienne Young Show Notes
Edward Scissorhands (movie)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (movie)
Mon, 25 June 2018
Caroline Kepnes—author of YOU and its sequel HIDDEN BODIES, soon to be a Lifetime drama series starring Penn Badgley—talks about her most recent novel, PROVIDENCE, talks about her Cape Cod sensibility, writing while literally regaining her voice, and having her writing debut in Sassy magazine.
Caroiine Kepnes Show Notes
And be sure to tune in to LIFETIME on September, 9, 2018 at 10/9 CT for the premiere of YOU!
Christina Kelly (editor of Sassy magazine)
“She Talks to Angels” by the Black Crowes (song)
School Ties (movie)
Chris O’Donnell (actor)
Parker Posey (actor)
7th Heaven (TV show)
Tue, 19 June 2018
Aminah Mae Safi, debut author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, talks about writing hangry characters, trying to make fetch happen in a book, how fantasy stories hold an inherent appeal to children of immigrants, and how artists have to have batshit belief in themselves.
Aminah Mae Safi Show Notes
Lauren Anderson (first black female ballet dancer, in Houston)
The Never-Ending Story (movie)
Mean Girls (movie)
Tue, 12 June 2018
Maurene Goo, author of SINCE YOU ASKED, I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE and the recently-released THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL, joins me to talk about planning book launches. Then, hear the live audio from when I helped Maurene launch THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL at The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California.
Maurene Goo Show Notes
CVT Soft Serve (food truck)
The Ripped Bodice (bookstore)
Riverdale (TV show)
Glow (TV show)
Jem and the Holograms (movie)
Scott Campbell (illustrator)
Thor: Ragnarok (movie)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (movie)
Taran Matharu (author)
Tricia Levenseller (author)
Mary Pearson (author)
New Girl (TV show)
Tue, 5 June 2018
Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE, and her latest YA, SAVE THE DATE, talks about having the eleventh book be the hardest yet, “flashpoint” stories, the Morganverse, her unusual editing process, and writing a book in movies’ clothing.
Morgan Matson 2.0 Show Notes
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
For Better or For Worse (comic strip)
Noises Off by Michael Frayn
Katie Finn (Morgan’s alter ego)
Foxtrot (comic strip)
Calvin & Hobbes (comic strip)
Doonsebury (comic strip)
Justin Chanda, Vice President and Publisher at Simon and Schuster
Father of the Bride (movie)
Sixteen Candles (movie)
The Family Stone (movie)
Rachel Getting Married (movie)
Frasier (TV show)
Friends (TV show)
Noises Off (movie)
Thu, 24 May 2018
Francesca Lia Block, author of more than 25 books, including seminal YA novel Weetzie Bat, talks about her most recent book, THE THORN NECKLACE, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing. Francesca talks about meshing her life with that of her most favorite character, shares some incredibly useful writing exercises, and talks about *when* to do research.
Francesca Lia Block Show Notes
Linda Venis, former head of the UCLA extension Writers Program
H.D., “Sea Rose”
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Fairies in the Kitchen: The Weetzie Bat Cookbook by Carmen Staton and Francesca Lia Block
The Midnight Disease by Alice W. Flaherty
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott