First Draft with Sarah Enni

The wondrous Amy Plum (author of the DIE FOR ME series, the AFTER THE END series, and DREAMFALL, due out in 2017) and Lenore Appelhans (author of the MEMORY CHRONICLES series) share stories of starting their literary careers writing letters, the false reality of social media, and psychopaths (real ones).

 

Amy Plum & Lenore Appelhans Show Notes

Vermont College of Fine Arts

SCBWI

J.R.R. Tolkien

Madelein L’Engle, A WRINKLE IN TIME

Robert A. Heinlein (SF writer)

Isaac Asimov

C.S. Lewis

Ursula LeGuin

Emma Trevayne, CODA

 

Flatliners (movie)

Wes Craven’s THEY (movie)

The Far Side by Gary Larson

 

Direct download: Amy_Plum__Lenore_Appelhans.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:19pm PDT

Pour a glass of wine to keep up with me and Kendare Blake, author of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, the Goddess War series, SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, and the forthcoming THREE DARK CROWNS (due out in 2016), as we talk about her training as a stock trader, screeds about Superman, and living with anxiety.

Kendare Blake Show Notes

Stephen King, On Writing

Anne Rice, Prince Lestat

Fear Street, Freeze Tag

Silent Hill (video game)

Supernatural (TV show)

 

 

Direct download: Kendare_Blake.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:28pm PDT

Pour a strong drink and leave your denim culottes at home for this conversation with Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, who together make up blogging and writing duo the Fug Girls (of Go Fug Yourself)! We talk about how terrible the new X Files is going to be, hear behind the scenes stories about America’s Next Top Model, talk writing as a team, and ask the universe for an oral history of how Summer '07 was the best time Hollywood gossip ever.

 

Fug Girls Show Notes

Pamela Ribon

Television Without Pity (previously Mighty Big TV)

Tough Enough (MTV show)

Judging Amy

BrilliantButCancelled.com

Wolf Lake (TV show)

Linda Holmes, NPR's pop culture reporter

Richard Glatzer (director, Still Alice)

Morgan Spurlock

Sleepover (movie)

Brooks Barnes (formerly WSJ, New York Times)

The Royals (TV show)

Fug Girls articles on The Toast

Direct download: Heather_Cocks_and_Jessica_Morgan_the_Fug_Girls_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:59pm PDT

Get red lipstick and fill up a goblet to enjoy this chat, wherein Leigh Bardugo, New York Times best-selling author of The Grisha series and the newest book in that world, SIX OF CROWS, talks about being a childhood outsider, making rules for magic, and profesh makeup tips.

Leigh Bardugo Show Notes

Inside Out (film)

DUNE by Frank Herbert

Jacqueline Kerry, author of KUSHIEL'S DART

Ava Dellaira

Aziz Ansari and Eric Klineberg, MODERN ROMANCE

NK Jemisin

Writing with Color

 

Direct download: Leigh_Bardugo.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:55am PDT

For the first First Draft Live event on October 30, Marie Lu (NYT best-selling author of the LEGEND trilogy, THE YOUNG ELITES and its sequel, THE ROSE SOCIETY), Margaret Stohl (NYT best-selling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, author of ICONS, IDOLS, and of Marvel's Black Widow's YA adaptation, FOREVER RED), Anna Carey (author of the EVE trilogy, and YA thriller BLACKBIRD and its sequel DEADFALL), and Kali Wallace (debut author of SHALLOW GRAVES, due out in January 2016!) got together at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena to talk about scary stories and why we love them.

Also! Listen to full First Draft interviews with Marie Lu; Margaret Stohl; and Anna Carey.

I want to thank three local authors and members of the First Draft Live team for making this possible: Elissa Sussman (author of STRAY and its forthcoming sequel, BURN); Maurene Goo (author of SINCE YOU ASKED and a forthcoming K-Drama rom-com due in 2017); and Kirsten Hubbard (author of middle grade series WATCH THE SKY and its forthcoming sequel RACE THE NIGHT, and YA books WANDERLOVE and LIKE MANDARIN).

Direct download: First_Draft_Live.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08pm PDT

Join me and Samantha Mabry, debut author of A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON*, in Dallas discussing JFK assassination conspiracy theories, grandmothers warnings about witches, and being close but not too close to dangerous things.

*Note: In the show, Sam refers to A FIERCE AND SUBTLE poison by its earlier title, LEAVES.

Samantha Mabry Show Notes

LIBRA by Don Delillo

Annie Dillard

Jo Ann Beard

Susan Orlean

HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabelle Alende

Louise Erdrich

Salman Rushdie

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dennis Covington, SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN

Most Haunted (TV show)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHTER

Esmerelda Santiago CONQUISTADORA

William Carlos Williams, The Fountain of Eternal Youth (essay)

Donald Judd (NY based artist who built Marfa)

Cormanc McCarthy

Direct download: Samantha_Mabry.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:22pm PDT

Join me in chatting with Stephanie Kuehnert, author of BALLADS OF SUBURBIA and I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE and a forthcoming memoir of her teen years. We talk about promises made to cats, heart cities, and Riot Grrl.

Stephanie Kuehnert Show Notes

Richard Hugo House

Story Studio (Chicago, IL)

The Replacements

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Riot Grrl

Girl Power! by Hillary Carlip

Stephanie’s essays on Rookie

Sleater-Kinney

Francesca Lia Block

 

Joe Meno, HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED

Susie X, illiustrator

The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD

Pete Holmes’ podcast, You Made It Weird

 

Direct download: Stephanie_Kuehnert_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:33am PDT

Amy Lukavics, debut author of YA horror DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, talks about the appeal of truly scary stories, creepy kids, the tiny details that can drive an entire story, and “candy bar” scenes.

 

Amy Lukavics Show Notes

Kirsten Hubbard

PAINT IT BLACK by Janet Fitch

GOOSEBUMPS, FEAR STREET, R.L. Stine

FULL DARK, NO STARS Stephen King

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters (listen to her First Draft interview)

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Tucholke

Katy Perry “California Gurls

The Red Dragon (movie)

The Woman in Black (movie)

Stephanie Perkins’ Love List

Storm of the Century, written by Stephen King

MISERY by Stephen King

Laura Ingalls Wilder

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK by Alvin Schwarz

AbsoluteWrite.com

Sumayyah Daud (listen to her First Draft interview)

Kody Keplinger THE DUFF

 

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson

 

Direct download: Amy_Lukavics_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:01am PDT

Talking to Aaron Hartzler, author of WHAT WE SAW (out Sept. 22!) and RAPTURE PRACTICE, about YA memoir, desert hippies, and taking others off the hook for your happiness.

Aaron Hartzler Show Notes

Teen Read Week

Ellen Hopkins

Nicky Weinstock

DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt

The New Yorker: The Lessons of Steubenville; Life After Steubenville; Trial by Twitter

Dan Savage

Josh Sundquist WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME: EMBARRASSINGLY, A TRUE STORY

Paige Rawl, Ali Benjamin POSITIVE: A MEMOIR

POPULAR: VINTAGE WISDOM FOR A MODERN GEEK by Maya Van Wagenen

Nic Sheff TWEAK: GROWING UP ON METHAMPHETAMINES

Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor of YA & MG books at Delacorte

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie

Michael Bourret, agent with DGLM

Andrew Smith

GLASS CASTLE Jeanette Walls

Julia Sweeny, IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S YOUR MOTHER

Ira Glass, This American Life

Billy Ray, screenwriter

Holly Goldberg Sloan, COUNTING BY 7S

Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER (listen to her First Draft interview here)

New Yorker article: The Scourge of Relatability

Melissa de la Cruz OFF THE BOAT

Malinda Lo

A.S. King

Tim Federle

David Leviathan, HOLD ME CLOSER: THE TINY COOPER STORY, and Tiny Cooper musical

GODLESS by Pete Hautman

Laura McNeal DARK WATER

FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

Maria Semple THIS ONE IS MINE, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE

Natalie Goldberg WRITING DOWN THE BONES

Anne Lamott BIRD BY BIRD: SOME INSTRUCTIONS ON WRITING AND LIFE

Direct download: Aaron_Hartzler_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:29am PDT

Do you know the difference between a blacksmith and a ferrier? Mackenzi Lee, debut author of THIS MONSTROUS THING (out Sept. 22!), does! Learn about that, Mary Shelley, and so much more in our Harvard Square conversation!

 

Mackenzi Lee Show Notes

The Coop in Harvard Square

Pirates of the Caribbean (movie)

THE STRANGER by Albert Camus

The War of the Roses

Avi, author of THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE, and CRISPIN: THE CORSS OF LEAD

Richard Peck, A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO

THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

Margaret Murphy (British crime fiction)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma

THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke

LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld

Mary Wollstonecraft A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

THE LADY AND HER MONSTERS by Roseanne Montillo

BONES AND ALL by Camille DeAngelis

THE ART OF ASKING by Amanda Palmer

Direct download: Mackenzi_Lee_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:17pm PDT

Nicola Yoon, debut author of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, talks about her secret foosball skills, the mix tape that won her husband over, and the 4 AM fish that turned her book into an unusual story.

 

Nicola Yoon Show Notes

Nicola Yoon’s one-sentence story on The Butter by Roxanne Gay

Life is Strange (video game)

Final Fantasy (video game)

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Wendy WunderTHE PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES

Charlotte Huang FOR THE RECORD

The Fearless 15ers

SCBWI

Brandy Colbert

Veronica Roth, her First Draft Podcast

Harold and Kumar (movie)

Before Sunrise (movie)

Direct download: Nicola_Yoon.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:51am PDT

Take a siesta with fast-talking goofball C. Alexander London, author of new middle grade series THE WILD ONES, talk diverse sci-fi with smooth-talker Alex London, and even get a glimpse of the elusive non-fiction writer Charles London in the first interview with a built-in drinking game! Also: adorable dog noises.

C Alexander London Show Notes

IT by Stephen King

REDWALL by Brian Jacques

Refugees International

Anna Freud child psychologist

Robert Coles child psychiatrist at Harvard

THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

ONE DAY THE SOLDIERS CAME by Charles London

Sterling Lord

Jack Kerouac

Walter Lord A NIGHT TO REMEMBER and DAY OF INFAMY

Blood Diamond (movie)

Chris Crutcher

Scott Westerfeld

Upton Sinclair THE JUNGLE

David Levithan

Truman National Security Fellowship

Affluenza

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card (and his homophobia)

GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin

Rick Riordan

Cassandra Clare

Veronica Roth

THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson

THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu

Tim Federhle BETTER NATE THAN EVER

GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky

Direct download: C_Alexander_London.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:15am PDT

In which I refer to the trajectory of the life of Adi Alsaid, author of LET’S GET LOST and NEVER, ALWAYS, SOMETIMES as his “plot line,” we discuss the power of imaginary places, and he answers my hundreds of questions about being trilingual. Enjoy!

Adi Alsaid Show Notes

ABC Children’s Institute

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Stephen King

Kurt Vonnegut

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Emilia Rhodes with Alloy Entertainment

Katie McGarry

She’s All That (movie)

Meg Wolitzer

Ellen Oh

Jandy Nelson

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton

Victoria Schwab

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertali

Direct download: Adi_Alsaid.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:24am PDT

Little did I know when I met up with Brandy Colbert, author of POINTE and LITTLE AND LION, due out 2017, that I was meeting my future roommate and one of my best writing buddies. She's the cat's pajamas, and I hope you enjoy our convo as much as I did!

Brandy Colbert Show Notes

Sweet Valley High

Clueless (movie)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Verla Kay's Blue Boards

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers

LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott

Center Stage (movie)

Brandy’s post on Nova Ren Suma’s blog about the book of her heart

I Know My First Name Is Steven (movie)

ZZ Packer DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE

Colson Whitehead SAG HARBOR

Coe Booth

Varian Johnson

Matt de la Pena

Jacqueline Woodson

Judy Blume’s IGGIE’S HOUSE

Tina Wexler

Direct download: Brandy_Colbert_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

Drink 'em if you got 'em: Join me and Sarah McCarry (aka The Rejectionist), author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, DIRTY WINGS, and the third book in the trilogy, ABOUT A GIRL, as we talk about mosh pits, the gift of anonymity, and waiting for the end of the world in a temperate rain forest. HEADS UP -- this interview has significant background noise, so I'm providing a transcript of our entire conversation (even more than appears in the audio episode)!

 

Sarah McCarry Show Notes

HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt

TAM LIN by Pamela Dean

Sara Goodman at St Martin’s

THE INTERN (aka Hilary T Smith, listen to her First Draft interview here)

Nathan Bransford’s blog

Miss Snark

Kelly Link

Elizabeth Hand

Francesca Lia Block WEETZIE BAT

Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

Gift (movie) 

Jane’s Addiction (band)

GIRL WALKING BACKWARDS by Bett Williams

TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES by Joy Nicholson

Sarah Hannah Gomez, Sumayyah Daud (her First Draft interview), Kaye 

Guillotine 

Bojan Louis

 

Kim Gordon

Direct download: Sarah_McCarry_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

Nina LaCour, author of Morris Award nominated HOLD STILL, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, and EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU, is a freaking delight. Join us as we discuss west coast travels, novels springing from one beautiful sentence, and Nina’s story about a school visit that makes me cry every time I hear it.

 

Nina LaCour Show Notes

John Green LOOKING FOR ALASKA

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

FAT KID RULES THE WORLD by K.L. Going

THE FIRST PART LAST by Angela Johnson

FOREVER by Judy Blume

Zoetrope All Story fiction contest

Joan Didion

Michele Bachmann

Southern Poverty Law Council 

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Stephanie Perkins

Sarah Dessen

Katie Byron

Like Crazy (movie)

 

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertali

Direct download: Nina_LaCour_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:16am PDT

Apply SPF 70 and get into the shade with me and John Corey Whaley, author of Printz and Morris award-winning WHERE THINGS COME BACK and National Book Award finalist for NOGGIN, while we talk about vague endings in teenage stories, the magic of librarians, and when books just don’t work.

John Corey Whaley Show Notes

Printz Award

Morris Award

Jessica Love, and her First Draft interview

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth (her First Draft podcast interview)

Maggie Stiefvater

Daniel Handler

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

Holly Goldberg Sloan COUNTING BY SEVENS

Direct download: John_Corey_Whaley_1.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:25am PDT

Imagine you’re watching a sherbet-colored sunset in the Hollywood hills while enjoying avocado toast with Anna Carey, author of the EVE trilogy and DEADFALL, the sequel to BLACKBIRD, out now!

Anna Carey Show Notes

Lorrie Moore

Aimee Bender

Nicole Krauss

Amanda Davis

Lisa Papademetriou

The Sackett Street Writer's Workshops

Julia Fierro

826NYC & the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

Michael Cunningham

Etsy print of It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect, it Just Has to Exist, by Gemma Flack

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Jonathan Safran Foer

Ira Glass quote

Alison Cherry FOR REAL (her First Draft interview)

Stephen King ON WRITING

YALLWest

Ransom Riggs, Gretchen McNeilKatie Alender

Anna Solomon

Dr. Brene Brown

NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

 

 

Direct download: Anna_Carey.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am PDT

Find a spot to sit in the sun and enjoy my conversation with the lovely Robin Benway, author of AUDREY, WAIT!, THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY & JUNE, the ALSO KNOWN AS series, and EMMY AND OLIVER, out now!

 

Robin Benway Show Notes

Rob Roberge, author and teacher at UCLA extension

Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA

David Leviathan THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

My So-Called Life (TV Show)

Freaks and Geeks (TV Show)

Rachel Cohn, author of YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME and others, and co-author of DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES

Rooney’s “I’m a Terrible Person” (song)

Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, The SmithsSuede

Jennifer Rudolph Walsh

Ally Carter (Heist Society series)

Morgan Matson

Article with Joss Whedon  (inspiration for Firefly)

Sara Zarr

Stephanie Perkins ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

John Green THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Direct download: Robin_Benway.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:02pm PDT

Holy Harry Potter superfans, it’s Adam Silvera! He calls himself tall for no reason, but I think the reason is he is solidly 6 foot something worth of awesome. Grab a comfy chair and enjoy my delightful chat with the debut author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT about his self-made MFA, reppin’ the Bronx, and the theme of choice in all our lives.

Adam Silvera Show Notes 

Charmed (TV show)

Supernatural (TV show)

SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

Brooks Sherman, Adam’s agent

Hannah Ferguson, literary agent

WINGER by Andrew Smith

Erin Bowman

Figment.com

Shelf Awareness

Paper Lantern Lit

Lauren Oliver

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIEN AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

David Arnold (MOSQUITOLAND)

MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga

THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison

Joseph Delaney THE LAST APPRENTICE

Heidi Schulz HOOK’S REVENGE

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster

THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

Courtney C. Stevens FAKING NORMAL

Victoria Schwab 

 

Julie Murphy SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY

Direct download: Adam_Silvera.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:41pm PDT

Settle in somewhere quiet and contemplate the beauty around you with Hilary T Smith, author of WILD AWAKE and A SENSE OF THE INFINITE, out May 19! 

Hilary T Smith Show Notes

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BIPOLAR BUT WERE TOO FREAKED OUT TO ASK

Hilary’s guest post on YA Highway about how to be a nomad

DUNE by Frank Herbert

Direct download: Hilary_T_Smith.output_1.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:29am PDT

Petite in stature, big in life experience and YA book feels, join me and Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEE, and MAKING PRETTY, out May 12, as we talk acting, traveling, loneliness, and the shifting, shifty concept of “work.”

Corey Ann Haydu Show Notes

Sylvia Plath

Corey’s essay on loneliness

SAVVY by Ingrid Law

LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow

RULES FOR STEALING STARS, Corey's new middle grade book, due out September 2015

Susan Van Metre, teacher at the New School MFA program

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson

 

THE LAST OF THE REALLY GREAT WHANGDOODLES by Julie Andrews Edwards

Direct download: Corey_Ann_Haydu.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:59am PDT

Get your taste buds ready for a walk through a farmer’s market, and a kitchen-based adventure with Kristin Halbrook, author of NOBODY BUT US and EVERY LAST PROMISE (out now!). 

Kristin Halbrook Show Notes

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

BALLADS OF SUBURBIA by Stephanie Kuehnert

Bechdel Test

HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff

JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

HOW TO WRITE THE BREAK OUT NOVEL by Donald Maass

 

Direct download: Kristin_Halbrook_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:24pm PDT

Join me and Erin Bowman, author of the TAKEN trilogy—the final book, FORGED, is out now!—and the forthcoming VENGEANCE ROAD as we talk imposter syndrome, the lasting impact of Harry Potter, and how the Internet made living in the woods way less lonely.

Erin Bowman Show Notes

Gibson’s bookstore

REWORK (book about startups) by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Pub Rants, Kristin Nelson’s agency website

Nathan Brantford

Caroline Richmond

Sara Crowe

Sarah J. Maas

Susan Dennard

Pub(lishing) Crawl

Firefly (TV show)

Gillian Flynn

Tana French

 

STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon

Direct download: Erin_Bowman_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44am PDT

Get yourself a Big Gulp of caffeine and sit back as Amy Spalding, author of THE REECE MALCOLM LIST, INK IS THICKER THAN WATER, and KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS), out April 7, talks discovering voice, diving into experiences that scare you, and how soon her books will let you travel every neighborhood in LA without leaving the couch.

Amy Spalding Show Notes

THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot

Lois Lowry

Studio City tattoo (Mike Erwin)

NICK AND NORA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Easy A (film)

LOST

 

Style Smoothie

Direct download: Amy_Spalding_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:27pm PDT

Join me as I chat with Amy Tintera, author of REBOOT and REBEL, and the forthcoming RUINED series (due out Summer 2016!), about how screenplays are more than just dialogue, living in every time zone in the U.S., and embarking on new starts.

Amy Tintera Show Notes

Garden State (movie)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

Nathan Bransford, QuerySharkAbsolute Write

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J Maas

GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson

GAME OF THRONES by George R R Martin

IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins

Aaron Sorkin

Burning Man

Kirsten Hubbard

Amy Spalding

Corrine Duyvis

eShakti.com

Kiera Cass

Liz Norris

 

Aprilynne Pike

Direct download: Amy_Tintera_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:23pm PDT

Grab a Fiji water and a pillow mint and imagine you’re in a Boston hotel room with me and Veronica Roth, author New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT series, as we talk about writing being the way grown-ups get to play pretend, embracing critique, and marveling at people who think first drafts are fun.

Direct download: Veronica_Roth_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:12pm PDT

Join me and Jessica Love, author of PUSH GIRL and the forthcoming IN REAL LIFE, as we hang with her dogs on a sun-soaked southern California balcony to talk pen pals, world travels, and hear what slang the kids are using these days.

Jessica Love Show Notes

Brand New “Sic Transit Gloria” the inspiration for her first NaNo book 

Punchline (band) “Ghostie,” “Universe

Blue of Colors (band) “Your Face” 

THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen

Spalding University 

STORY by Robert McFee

THE ART OF FICTION by John Gardner

Push Girls on Sundance

Catfish (TV show)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

Sumayyah Daud

Jessica BS (@JeskuhBS)

Rainbow Rowell

500 Days of Summer (movie)

BEAUTIFUL ADDICTIONS by Season Vining

Melissa Landers YA sci-fi (four adult romances under Macy Beckett)

 

Direct download: Jessica_Love.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

Take a siesta with Kiersten White, New York Times best-selling author of the PARANORMALCY series, MIND GAMES, THE CHAOS OF STARS and more, as she talks about the challenge of balancing writing with kids, the fresh new challenge that every book brings, and hear her read some amazing(ly hilarious) high school poetry!

 

Kiersten White Show Notes

 

Natalie WhippleStephanie Perkins

Kiersten’s blog

Erica Sussman

Jim Di Bartolo

Laini Taylor

 

LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES by Laini Taylor with illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo

Direct download: Kiersten_White_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am PDT

One of my favorite humans, Kate Hart is author of AFTER THE FALL, due out in 2016 from FSG, and is basically everywhere on the internet. She and I took a break from a marathon Twilight series re-watch to talk witches and talking birds, what a gross word “networking” is, and finding the courage to tell our stories. Also Twilight.

 

Kate Hart Show Notes

Badass Ladies You Should Know (my interview here!)

Field Trip Friday

YA cover statistics

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Tim O’Brien

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle

Absolute Write

Katie Alender

Corinne Jackson

Myra McEntire

Kirsten Hubbard

Kate's agent Michelle Andelman

Natural State Treehouses, Kate's family treehouse business! 

R&R = revise and resubmit

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Sylvia Plath

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor 

Stacked, librarian book blog

 

Kelly Jensen

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Imagine yourself in sunny San Diego as Stephanie Diaz, author of EXTRACTION and its sequel, REBELLION, out February 10, talks about moving from film to books, querying before high school, and the scary reality of moving cross-country.

Stephanie Diaz Show Notes

THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

HIS DARK MATERIALS by Phillip Pullman

IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman

Cristin Terrill

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner THIS SHATTERED WORLD, and its sequel, THESE BROKEN STARS

Firefly (TV show)

LEGEND by Marie Lu

Battlestar Galactica

WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard

 

OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

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Grab a seat poolside with Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER, DEAD ENDS, and the forthcoming REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH, as she talks about abandoning the Midwest, the lasting impacts of bullying, and her personal vendetta against "Larry" McAfee.

Erin Jade Lange Show Notes

Dark Heart (from Care Bears)

John McAfee

Abraham Biggs

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ilsa Bick (ASHES)

 

Gemma Burgess (agent)

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Have a sunny afternoon coffee with me and Victoria Aveyard, debut author of RED QUEEN (out Feb. 10!), as we discuss the Venn diagram of her screenwriting and author careers, why Hollywood won’t make the next Star Wars without novelists, and Pokemon (obviously)!

Victoria Aveyard Show Notes

FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY by E.L. James

WOOL by Hugh Howey

Suzie Townsend, Pouya Shahbazian, and Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary

Gennifer Hutchison, screenwriter for THE RED QUEEN

Looper (film)

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Take a champagne break as I chat with Megan Shepherd, author of A COLD LEGACY, the final installment of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER series (out Jan. 27), about the magic of Asheville, Jack versus Sawyer, and the allure of historical fantasy over mimosas!

Megan Shepherd Show Notes

Beth Revis, Meagan Spooner

Blog post of Megan’s YA book event at her parents’ book store

STOLEN by Lucy Christopher

Alvina Ling (Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown)

THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU by H.G. Wells

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

FEAR STREET by R.L. Stine

THE CAGE, the first book in Megan’s next series, out May 26!

The Chocolate Lounge in Asheville

Malaprops

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I was in nerd heaven chatting with Margaret Stohl, co-author of the New York Times best-selling BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, author of ICONS and IDOLS, and hard at work at the YA novel based on Marvel’s Black Widow. The frenetic energy of an evil genius, and the degrees to match, Margie talked  about her experiences being the only girl in the room for her years running a video game company, always checking wardrobes for Narnia, and the origin of YALLFest/YALLWest.

Margaret Stohl Show Notes

Y’ALLFest

Tiger Beat

Y’ALLWest

Psuedonymous Bosch 

Jeffrey Wright (actor)

Eudora Welty

William WordsworthClark Coolidge

Ron Howard (actor/director)

Zork: NemesisZork: Grand Inquisitor (video games)

Melissa de la Cruz

Kami Garcia

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C.S. Lewis

THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper

Diana Wynne Jones

Apocalypse (video game)

Gayle Forman

CHILDHOOD’S END by Arthur C. Clarke

Marie Lu

Ned Vizzini (his obituary)

Cassandra Clare

Fracesca Lia Block

HARRY BOSCH series by Michael Conneley

Holly Black

Carrie Ryan

Melissa Marr

Kelley Armstrong

Romantic Times

Jonathan Sanchez, Blue Bicycle Books

 

Kwame Alexander

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YA author Julie Murphy, who wrote SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and has a new book, DUMPLIN’, coming out this year from Balzer + Bray, meets me in Texas to talk epic homecoming mums, unlikeable characters, and how she thought Twilight was a boy band.

Julie Murphy Show Notes

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Drop Dead Gorgeous (film)

TITHE by Holly Black

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr

Kristin Travenio (Irving County Library YA librarian)

Blue Valentine (film)

Jolene” by Dolly Parton

 

Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray

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Katie Coyle, debut author of VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, talks about how Thorin Oakenshield taught her she wasn’t cut out to act, writing ghosts and magic into her hometown, and how Neil Gaiman gave her her big break.

 

Katie Coyle Show Notes

Katie’s wedding picture in which she and her friend re-enact THE HOBBIT

PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link

Neil Gaiman’s tumblr

The Young Writer’s Prize by Hot Key Press

Cathy Day, represented by Sarah Burnes, professor at Pitt

Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANK LANDAU BANKS by E Lockhart

Tavi from Rookie

Welcome to Nightvale

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith

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