First Draft with Sarah Enni

Ben Acker, co-creator and writer for The Thrilling Adventure Hour, and writer for TV, comic books, and a series of Star Wars middle grade novels, including Star Wars: Join the Resistance. Ben and I talk about giving himself his first job, how a ukulele solo got him a gig writing at Marvel, and shares the definitions of art that he can’t shake.

 

Ben Acker Show Notes

Robert Lynn Asprin's The Myth series

The Xanth series by Piers Anthony

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Watchmen (movie)

Ben Blacker, co-creator of Thrilling Adventure Hour and co-author of Star Wars: Join the Resistance

Raiders of the Lost Ark (movie)

The Tick (comic)

Kids in the Hall (TV show)

Monty Python and the Flying Circus

Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV show)

Will & Grace (TV show)

Mad About You (TV show)

Roseanne (TV show)

Paul Reiser

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Thomas Guide

The Adventures of Pete & Pete (TV show)

Malcolm in the Middle (TV show)

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (TV show)

Survivor (TV show)

Death to Smoochy (movie)

Crank Yankers (TV show)

Greg the Bunny (TV show)

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

The Thin Man (movie)

Beyond Belief

Nick and Norah Charles

Largo at the Coronet

Comedy Bang Bang

How Did This Get Made

WTF with Marc Maron

Never Not Funny

Doug Loves Movies

John Hodgman

Busy Philipps

Holmes Osborne

Donnie Darko (movie)

Bring it On (movie)

Marc Evan Jackson

Paul F. Tompkins

Paget Brewster

Night of the Hunter (movie)

Hush,” an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Mark Waid 

Chris Samnee

Michael Siglain

Greg Rucka

1984 by George Orwell

Cameron Esposito

Queery, her podcast

The O.C. (TV show)

The North Texas Teen Book Festival

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth by Will Hines

Direct download: Ben_Acker_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:20pm PST

Stephanie Sabol, Executive Director, Brand Management at Penguin Young Readers, talks about The Penguin Hotline, and writer friends share their most recommended books. 

Stephanie Sabol and Book Recommendation Episode

Stephanie Sabol

The Penguin Hotline

Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Stephanie Sabol

The Who Was? series

Where is the Solar System?

What Was the Titanic?

Jeff Kinney

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

The Graceling series by Kristin Cashore

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Warcross by Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Here We Are: Feminism For the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Suspect by Robert Crais

Vanguard (Genesis Fleet book #1) by Jack Campbell

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

World Without End by Ken Follett 

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Grant by Ron Chernow

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Hallelujah Anyway by Annie Lamott

Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul by Jeremiah Moss

Vanishing New York, the blog by Jeremiah Moss

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras

Los Angeles, Portrait of a City

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York Magazine by The Editors of New York Magazine

The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (listen to her First Draft interview here

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marcheta

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin (listen to her First Draft interview here

Sun in Days by Meghan O'Rourke

The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Insecure (TV show)

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Die for Me by Amy Plum (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps by Laurie Ann Stephens

A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Ship It by Britta Lundin

Ten by Gretchen McNeil (listen to her First Draft interview here)

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil 

#MURDERTRENDING by Gretchen McNeil

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Direct download: Stephanie_Sabol_Book_Rec_Ep_FINALEDIT_1.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:46am PST

Will Kostakis, who makes his U.S. debut with The Sidekicks and has two books, The First Third and Loathing Lola, published in his native Australia, talks about approaching every book like it could be his last, spite writing, being the writer he is today because of a personal tragedy, and the difference between the Australian and U.S. YA markets.

Will Kostakis Show Notes

 

Will’s blog post about coming out

Will’s blog post about being disinvited from a school because he came out

"After He Came Out, A Catholic School Told This Author His New Book Was 'Inappropriate,'" the Buzzfeed article about Will coming out

Amie Kaufman (listen to her First Draft interview here) and Jay Kristoff, authors of The Illuminae Files series

Garth Nix

Melina Marchetta

Direct download: Will_Kostakis_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:52am PST

Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and her newest, Here We Are Now, on reading teaching empathy and complexly imagining others’ internal worlds, family mythologies as social currency, the glorification of happiness, and the trouble with idolizing your friends.

 

Jasmine Warga Show Notes

Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Vote for your favorite First Draft quotes from 2017! Then stay tuned for your chance to pre-order the First Draft 2018 Calendar!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Elin Hilderbrand

The Jungle Book (movie)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

"Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter," in Scientific American, featuring a study showing that people who read Harry Potter have more empathy

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Virginia Woolf

Jonathan Safran Foer

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Spoon theory

I Am Not Your Guru (documentary)

Frances Bean Cobain

Almost Famous (movie)

Emery Lord

Direct download: Jasmine_Warga_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:58am PST

Maggie Stiefvater—author of The Raven Boys cycle, The Scorpio Races, the Shiver series, and her newest, All the Crooked Saints—talks growing up in a Celtic Von Trapp family band, not being a cozy child, wanting to be the author in the airport, and writing a book to a playlist.

 

Maggie Stiefvater Show Notes

Vote for your favorite First Draft quotes for the upcoming 2018 calendar!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

 

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

Yeats and Lady Gregory

Flux (publishing house)

Isabel Allende

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Direct download: Maggie_Stiefvater_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:33pm PST

Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe and her newest, Little and Lion, on exploring non-traditional families, her nocturnal writing schedule, and having a productive hibernation.

 

Brandy Colbert 2.0 Show Notes

Listen to Brandy’s first First Draft interview here

Dahlia Adler

"The Pain of the Watermelon Joke," by Jacqueline Woodson

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Kuehn (listen to her First Draft interview here)

 

Kelly Jensen

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Jason Reynolds

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

Nicola Yoon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Madcap Retreats

NCTE conference (the National Council of Teachers of English)

Zadie Smith

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft podcasts here and here, or read the transcript here)

The Fug Girls, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (listen to their First Draft podcast here)

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender (assistant editor at LittleBrown Books for Young Readers)

Nikki Garcia Assistant Editor at LittleBrown Books for Young Readers

Alvina Ling,Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

What About Intersectionality and Female Friendships in YA?,” Brandy’s post on Stacked

Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

 

Direct download: Brandy_Colbert_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:19am PST

Liara Tamani, debut author of CALLING MY NAME, on getting out of the cycle of ruthless academic achievement to find her passion, shedding old belief systems, fighting against the guilt and shame instilled in girls at very young ages, and the importance of numbers to her creative life.

 

Liara Tamani Show Notes

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Girlfriends (TV show)

Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

SOLD by Patricia McCormick

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Alone with All That Could Happen: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft of Fiction by David Jauss (writing craft)

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White

Direct download: Liara_Tamani_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:00am PST

Anna-Marie McLemore, author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, which was a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award, and WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was long-listed for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and was a Stonewall Honor Book. This month, Anna-Marie released her newest novel WILD BEAUTY.  She talks about funerals as a place to reinforce collective memories, waiting for that glowing laptop to let you know it’s time to write a novel, and writing a gender nonconforming stud.

 

Anna-Marie McLemore Show Notes

Dhonielle Clayton (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript here)

We Need Diverse Books

Taylor Martindale Kean (literary agent)

Sara Zarr (listen to her First Draft interview here or read the transcript here)

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Samantha Mabry (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Saundra Mitchell

ALL OUT edited by Saundra Mitchell

Sherman Alexie

Sona Charaipotra (listen to her First Draft interview here or read the transcript)

"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again." - W. E. B. du Bois

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers (hear her First Draft interview here or read the transcript here)

Direct download: Anna-Marie_McLemore_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:52am PST

Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of the SHADOW AND BONE series, spinoff duology SIX OF CROWS and CROOKED KINGDOM, and THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS, a series of short stories set in that world. She’s also a bestseller for WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER. Leigh talks about writing a character who shares her disability, talking some truths about Wonder Woman’s creator, writing a walking talking teenaged apocalypse, how going to an all girls’ school gave her a little insight into Themyscira.

 

Leigh Bardugo Show Notes

Listen to Leigh’s first First Draft interview here

Apollo Robbins: The Gentleman Thief

The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, CA

The Advocate

David Copperfield

BEA (BookExpo America)

"The Witch of Duva: A Ravkan Folk Tale," Leigh’s story posted to Tor.com

Sara Kipin (illustrator of Language of Thorns)

Natalie C. Sousa

Ellen Duda

Erin Stein

Danielle Paige (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life  edited by Liesa Mignogna

Gail Simone, writer of comics and animation

William Moulton Marston (creator of Wonder Woman)

Vargas Girls

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross interview

George Pérez (wrote WW)

Greg Rucka (wrote WW)

A piece about "We Are Not Amazons," Leigh’s essay about Wonder Woman’s outfit and body image

Helen of the Plane Trees

True Blood (TV show)

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing by William Butler Yeats

Direct download: Leigh_Bardugo_2.0_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

Answering listener questions, book recommendations from Sarah Enni, Veronica Roth, and Maurene Goo, and writing advice from Susan Dennard!

Special Episode - Fall 2017 - Show Notes

Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of the Truthwitch series and the Something Strange and Deadly series

Sign up for the Misfits & Daydreamers newsletter here!

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Veronica Roth

Maurene Goo

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Roxane Gay’s review of The Wedding Date

Roxane Gay’s picture with Channing Tatum

Warcross by Marie Lu

Lightless by C.A. Higgins

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Alexandra Bracken

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

The Moral Premise by Stanley Williams

Susan Dennard, @stdennard on Instagram

Direct download: FD_Special_Ep_Fall_2017_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:54pm PST

Robin Benway, author of National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist Far From the Tree—as well as Audrey, Wait! and Emmy & Oliver, among others—returns to the podcast this week to talk about wondering if she was still an author, having Big Feelings about publishing careers, and gets in a sweet feminist rant.

 

Robin Benway Show Notes

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Susan Dennard, author of the NYTimes best-selling Truthwitch series, as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series

Susan's writing advice newsletter, Misfits & Daydreamers (sign up now!)

Listen to Robin’s first First Draft interview here

Kristen Pettit (editor at Harper Collins)

Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine

 

The e-mail Robin sent to her editor with the idea for Far From the Tree

Gretchen McNeill (listen to her First Draft interview here)

 

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Dinosaur Coffee

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation

Elana Arnold (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Suzanne Collins

Keri Russell

Felicity (TV show)

Direct download: Robin_Benway_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:10am PST

Dan Santat, Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, talks about his newest picture book, After the Fall, an immigrant kid learning about Santa Claus, writing books that reveal other people’s stories, how much anxiety sucks, and the different ways he is interpreting Asian identity in his work.

 

Dan Santat Show Notes

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Kirsten Hubbard

Connie Hsu (editor at Roaring Brook; read an interview with Connie and Dan here)

Garfield (comic)

Lion King (movie)

The ArtCenter College of Design

 

SCBWI, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Arthur A. Levine, children's book author, editor, and publisher

Maya (software)

Akira (manga comic) written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo

Appleseed (manga comic) written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

The Guild of Geniuses by Dan Santat

 

Chip Kidd, graphic designer best known for his book covers

Oh No, Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat

Three Ninja Pigs written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat

Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat

Carnivores written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Dan Santat

Beekle

Are We There Yet? written and illustrated by Dan Santat

American Born Chinese written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang

Raina Telgemeire, graphic novel memoirist (Smile, among others)

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

Drawn Together written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat

Luc Besson (director)

Valerian (comic) by Pierre Christin

The Fifth Element (movie)

Snowpiercer (movie)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Stranger Things (TV show)

Marshall Arisman, Chair, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, School of Visual Arts; illustrator; painter

Direct download: Dan_Santat_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:51am PST

Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, New York Times best-selling co-authors of I Hate Everyone But You, talk about the dangers of walking and reading, differentiating character from author, what REALLY makes readers uncomfortable, and writing a friendship rom-com.

 

Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin Show Notes

Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea

The Waterboy (movie)

Carrie by Stephen King

"The Price of Nice Nails," the New York Times feature story about nail salons

 

Robert Rodriguez (director and producer)

Quentin Tarantino (director and writer)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Issa Rae (actress, writer, producer)

Desperate Housewives (TV show)

Friday Night Lights (TV show)

Victoria Aveyard (listen to her First Draft interview here)

District 9 (movie)

Star Trek (tv show)

Legally Blonde

Atlanta (TV show)

Living Single (TV show)

"The Ascendancy of the 'Awkward Older Sister,'" from The Atlantic 

Amy Schumer

Jennifer Lawrence

Insecure (TV show)

Grace Helbig

Part of Me, the Katy Perry documentary

Summer in the City (song)

Stephanie Beatriz

The animated .gif about ladies supporting ladies

Shine Theory by Anne Friedman

Call Your Girlfriend podcast

Allison’s text chain of writing advice

Direct download: Gaby_Dunn_and_Allison_Raskin_3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:35pm PST

Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND and the YOUNG ELITES series, talks about her newest book, WARCROSS as well as BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER and the forthcoming KINGDOM OF BACK. Marie chats about the lag between the eternal optimism of tech and moral questioning of its powers, how writing about evil characters was almost too much for her, and the responsibility of writing a real woman’s story.

 

Marie Lu 2.0 Show Notes

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Marie Lu’s first First Draft interview

Zelda (video game)

Tahereh Mafi (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript here)

Assassin’s Creed (video game)

Street Fighter (video game)

Mortal Kombat (video game)

World of Warcraft (video game)

Overwatch (video game)

Battlefield (video game)

Call of Duty (video game)

Pokémon Go (video game)

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu 

Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Batman (animated series)

Darkwing Duck (animated series)

The Dark Knight (movie)

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart

Amadeus (movie)

Pan’s Labyrinth (movie)

Hamilton (musical)

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Marie_Lu_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:54pm PST

Emily Ziff Griffin, debut author of LIGHT YEARS, talks about her childhood dream of being a dancing lawyer, gifs and art semiotics, the unquantifiable fairy dust that makes some art transcend, and how teenagers experience time differently.

 

Emily Ziff Griffin Show Notes

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

 

The Angelika Film Center

The Creative Fire by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, including her thoughts on creativity and the myth of Persephone

Frozen (movie)

Moana (movie)

Wonder Woman (movie)

Study about emojis and linguists

Virginia Heffernan, journalist and writer

Wet Hot American Summer (movie)

Capote (movie)

 

Direct download: EmilyZiffGriffin_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:08pm PST

Sabaa Tahir, NY Times bestselling author of the An Ember in the Ashes series, shares spooky happenings in the desert hometown, waxes poetic about good journalistic writing, and talks giving suffering children a happy ending in her books, being an eight-year overnight success, and writing books in elbows of time.

 

Sabaa Tahir Show Notes

The Shannara series by Terry Brooks

Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Ansel Adams (photographer)

Stranger Things (TV show)

Seven Daughters and Seven Suns by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

"Living a Half-Life While Waiting for Those Lost," the Washington Post story about women in Kashmir

Image of Liberian child soldier wearing a teddy bear backpack, Georges Gobet/Getty Images

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Margaret Stohl (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Melissa de la Cruz

George R. R. Martin “gardener or architect

Shannon Hale

All the President’s Men (film)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My Left Foot (movie)

Sarah Henning

Direct download: Sabaa_Tahir2_FINALSRSLY.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:15pm PST

Jeramey Kraatz, author of middle grade series The Cloak Society and Space Runners, on how superhero cartoons got him into reading, writing hamster stories as birthday presents, the difference between middle grade and young adult, and being more productive with a full-time job.

 

Jeramey Kraatz Show Notes

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

X Men (cartoon TV series)

Batman (cartoon TV series)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs 

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Joan Didion

Meghan Daum

David Sedaris

Soman Chainani

The Southern Festival of Books

 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Incredibles (movie)

My Hero Academia (anime series)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Mad Max: Fury Road (movie)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (movie)

 

George by Alex Gino (MG book)

Alex London (a.k.a. C.A. London - listen to his First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Jeramey_Kraatz_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:22am PST

Lauren Strasnick, author of 16 Ways to Break a Heart (out now!) and Then You Were Gone, Nothing Like You, and Her and Me and You, talks about gift wrapping her young adults books out of embarrassment, admitting to being “so deeply lazy,” envying actors, and writers as gremlins.

Lauren Strasnick Show Notes

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Deenie by Judy Blume

Forever... by Judy Blume

Beverly Cleary

Norma Klein

Christopher Pike

The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Stephen King

Party of Five (TV show)

Law & Order

Writing Pad

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Twins by Marcy Dermansky

Joan Didion

Rachel Fershleiser (listen to her First Draft interview here)

This is the Reason You’ll Get Divorced (Actually "Why You'll Marry the Wrong Person," by Allain de Botton) in the New York Times

Grace Krilanovich

Marilyn Friedman at Writing Pad

Francesca Lia Block

Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Link to The 2017 First Draft Listener Survey!

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Nicola Yoon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Adam Silvera (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Lauren_Strasnick_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44am PST

Catch up with Kara Thomas, author of Little Monsters (out July 25!), The Darkest Corners, and the Prep School Confidential series about leaning in to a dark personal place with her writing, solving the mystery of Law & Order in the last five minutes, the exploitation of “dramatic re-enactments,” and when stories evade our best-laid plans.

 

Kara Thomas Show Notes

Prep School Confidential series by Kara Taylor (now Kara Thomas)

Paradise Lost (documentary)

Disappeared (TV series)

Serial (podcast)

The Jinx (documentary)

The Keepers (documentary)

My Favorite Murder (podcast)

Sword and Scale (podcast)

Mommy Dead and Dearest (documentary)

Munchausen syndrome (Factitious disorder)

Crohn’s disease

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

CLUE (board game)

Law & Order

House (TV show)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wives with Knives (TV series)

Making a Murderer (TV series)

O.J.: Made in America, the Academy Award-winning O.J. Simpson documentary by Ezra Edelman

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Casey Anthony

Zodiac (movie)

Hidden Figures (movie)

Josh Mankiewicz from Dateline

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

Slender Man

The Craft (movie)

 

The Cheerleaders (Kara’s next book)

The Daily Beast article about Dryden, NY

 

Direct download: Kara_Thomas_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:25am PST

Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of the Dorothy Must Die and Stealing Snow series, on writing scripts for her Barbies, how the OJ trial cost her a career in soaps, and longing for rom-coms.

 

Danielle Paige Show Notes

Paper magazine

Matt Bomer (actor)

Paul Wesley (actor)

Hayden Panetierre (actor)

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

One Tree Hill (TV show)

Shonda Rhimes

Grey’s Anatomy (TV show)

Scandal (TV show)

House of Cards (TV show)

The Avengers (movie)

Wonder Woman (movie)

Wonder Woman (TV show)

The Writers Guild

Al Roker

L. Frank Baum (author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Frozen (movie)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Kami Garcia

Kass Morgan

David Leviathan

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum and the event at The Grove on July 11

Because You Love To Hate Me - order it now!

The Because You Love to Hate Me event at The Grove

Direct download: Danielle_Paige_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:52pm PST

Sara Goodman, editorial director for Wednesday Books, a new imprint from St. Martin’s Press featuring crossover, coming-of-age stories. She talks about finding a career in publishing in spite of herself, getting up at 5 a.m. to read, and the never-ending hunt for voice.

 

Sara Goodman Show Notes

Peter Halley (artist)

Stephen King

George R. R. Martin

Judy Blume

Beverly Cleary

Anne Rice

Joan Didion

Christopher Schelling (agent with Selectric Artists)

Augusten Burroughs

Jennifer Enderlin

Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rainbow Rowell 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Jandy Nelson

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Vicki Lame

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

Olga Grlic (book designer)

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Jim Tierney, designer of the new cover for I Capture the Castle

Summer Days and Summer Nights anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins

Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Robert Cormier

House of Night series by P.C. Cast

Sun Warrior and Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Hidden Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

Not Now Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Julie Buxbuam’s launch party for WHAT TO SAY NEXT at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove!

Because You Love To Hate Me release event at The Grove

Pre-order Because You Love to Hate Me: Amazon | IndieBound |Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Direct download: Sara_Goodman_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:57am PST

A lovely conversation with Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Geography of You and Me, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, and her most recent novel, Windfall. She talks about the teacher who made all the difference, and some key questions, like: are we all always writing the same story? And can you be an optimist and believe in fate?

 

Jennifer E Smith Show Notes

Lauren Graham

Mary Higgins Clark

John Grisham

The Babysitters’ Club by Ann M. Martin

Saddle Club by Bonnie Bryant

Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Frederick Busch 

Elizabeth Strout

Justin Cronin

Ha Jin

Amanda "Blinky" Urban at ICM (agent)

Toni Morrison

Haruki Murakami

Donna Tartt

E. L. Doctorow

Cormac McCarthy

Jennifer Egan

Kazuo Ishiguro

Richard Ford 

Anna Quindlen

The Keep by Jennifer Eagan

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford

Jennifer Joel (Jenn’s agent)

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Sarah Dessen

Emily Meehan (editor)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Sliding Doors (movie)

Julie Buxbaum (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Jennifer_E._Smith_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am PST

More lightning-round interviews with authors at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, BookExpo America, and BookCon festivals, including: Brandy Colbert; David Connis; Dhonielle Clayton; E. Katherine Kottaras; Holly Black; Jennifer E. Smith; Jessica Morgan; Kiersten White; Karuna Riazi; Laini Taylor; Maggie Stiefvater; Maurene Goo; Morgan Matson; Nic Stone; Renee Ahdieh; Robin Benway; Samantha Mabry; Soman Chainani; Susan Dennard; Victoria Aveyard; and Zan Romanoff.

LATFoB/BEA/BookCon Minisode Show Notes

Brandy Colbert (listen to her First Draft interview here), author of Pointe and the forthcoming Little and Lion)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

David Connis, author of the forthcoming The Temptation of Adam

 

Dhonielle Clayton, co-author of the Tiny, Pretty Things series and author of the forthcoming The Belles (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript)

E. Katherine Kottaras, author of How to Be Brave and The Best Possible Answer

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript here)

Holly Black, author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and the forthcoming The Cruel Prince

Jane Yolen, SFF writer

Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, among many others!, and her newest book, Windfall, out now! (Her First Draft interview coming soon!)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jessica Morgan, co-author of Spoiled, Messy, and The Royal We (Listen to her First Draft interview [with co-writer Heather Cocks] here)

Kiersten White, author of the And I Darken series and the forthcoming middle grade Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales (and so much more) (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Karuna Riazi, author of The Gauntlet

Ellen Oh, author of The Dragon King chronicles and the forthcoming Spirit Hunters (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (among other things!)

Maggie Stiefvater, author of the forthcoming All The Crooked Saints, the Raven Boys series, Scorpio Races, and more

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Morrell by Susanna Clarke

Michael Chabon

Maurene Goo, author of Since You Asked and the recently-released I Believe in a Thing Called Love (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here!)

Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Since You've Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin

Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn and her newest book, Flame in the Mist (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Flyleaf Books 

Quail Ridge Books

Books of Wonder

McNally Jackson

Parnassus Books

Red Balloon Bookshop

Robin Benway, author of Audrey, Wait!, Emmy and Oliver, and the forthcoming Far From the Tree (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Emery Lord and her first book, Open Road Summer

Samantha Mabry, author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and the forthcoming All the Wind in the World (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good or Evil series

Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, the Witchland series, and contributor to the forthcoming Because You Love to Hate Me anthology

Jurassic Park (movie) (and book by Michael Crichton)

Victoria Aveyard, author of the Red Queen series (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Kaz and Inej from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom series

Zan Romanoff, author of A Song to Take the World Apart and Grace and the Fever (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript here)

Battlestar Galactica (TV show)

Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things, and the forthcoming What to Say Next (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Special_Minisode-LATFoB_BEA_and_BookCon_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:38pm PST

Maurene Goo, author of I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE (out today!) on putting being an author on hold, writing the food tour of Los Angeles, and the 30-minute sprints that saved her deadline.

 

Maurene Goo 2.0 Show Notes

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation (TV show)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Since You Asked by Maurene Goo

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Stephanie Kuehn (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Shonda Rhimes

Amy Spalding (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Sparky by Jenny Ofill and Chris Appelhans

A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans

Tahereh Mafi (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript)

David Sedaris

Zadie Smith

The Underground Railroad by Colston Whitehead

Jon Krakauer

Elizabeth Clark (cover designer for IBIATCL)

Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript)

Morgan Matson (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Direct download: Maurene_Goo_2.0_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:41am PST

Kayla Olson, debut author of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, out June 6, on writing secret songs in middle school, hearing the rhythm of books, words as a puzzle, writing to the same thunderstorm for years and years, and the closest she ever came to quitting.

 

Kayla Olson Show Notes

Sara Zarr’s episode of First Draft 

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Full House (TV show)

Fuller House (TV show)

Patty Griffin (musician)

Sandra McCraken (musician)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

MyWriteClub.com

LOST (TV show)

Libba Bray

Story Engineering and Tips for Writing Your Novel with Larry Brooks (video)

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 

Direct download: Kayla_Olson_REALLYFINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:40pm PST

Sandhya Menon, debut author of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI (out May 30 and available for pre-order now!) talks up libraries that run on guilt, candy bar scenes, and what to do when you hit a major slump.

 

Sandhya Menon Show Notes

Lilliam Rivera (listen to her First Draft interview here, and get the transcript here)

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Ruebén Martinez, winner of the LA Times Festival of Books' 2017 Innovator Award

 "Candy Bar Scenes" idea by Holly Lisle

Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here, and get the transcript here)

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sofie Kinsella

Morgan Matson (listen to her First Draft interview here, and get the transcript here)

Stephanie Perkins

Direct download: Sandhya_Menon_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:24pm PST

Renée Ahdieh, New York Times best-selling author of The Wrath and the Dawn series, and whose new series kicks off with the release of Flame in the Mist, out May 16, joins me to talk about straddling two worlds poorly, finding the music in language, fearless internet personas, id books, and publishing as a ‘pride-swallowing siege.’ (Plus, a cameo from Sarah Nicole Lemon, author of Done Dirt Cheap!)

 

Renee Ahdieh Show Notes

Explosions in the Sky

Sheherazade Op. 35, a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nas

The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Sarah Nicole Lemon

J.K. Rowling

Star Wars score by John Williams

Gustav Holst’s The Planets

The Imperial March by John Williams

Mars, Bringer of War by Gustav Holst

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,featured in Annie, Get Your Gun

Tool

Metallica

Human Bell

Mogwai

Godspeed You Black Emperor

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

The 30-second bit of "Blue Moon" by Beck, which I wanted to write a book about

"S&M" by Metallica

"The Black Album" by Metallica

FictionPress

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

Get Out (movie)

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (and the Netflix Show)

Chekhov’s Gun

Bluebeard

Sir Richard Burton

The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy

The Song of the Lioness series by Tamara Pierce

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Mulan (movie)

A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Sengoku and Muromachi periods of Japanese history

Sign up for the First Draft Newsletter!

Direct download: Rene_Ahdieh_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:52am PST

Courtney Summers - author of SOME GIRLS ARE, CRACKED UP TO BE, ALL THE RAGE, and more - breaks down getting published with her spite novel, consistently wanting it all, writing a book that fits around a feeling, and never really moving on from her books.

 

Courtney Summers Show Notes

YALLFEST

Archie comics

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

YALLWEST

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

She’s All That (movie)

Right About Now” by Fatboy Slim

Competency Quadrant (Four Stages of Competency)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cromier

Flannery O’Connor

Left 4 Dead (video game)

Night of the Living Dead (movie)

The Passage by Justin Cronin

World War Z (movie)

Shaun of the Dead (movie)

The Walking Dead (TV show)

Wednesday Books

St. Martin’s Press

The OA (Netflix series)

Alan Wake (video game)

Twin Peaks

Stephen King

Star Trek Beyond (movie)

How Did This Get Made (podcast)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Harvard Business Journal, “Who’s Got the Monkey?

Direct download: Courtney_Summers_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:10pm PST

Join me for a second go-round with Margaret Stohl, New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series and the YA adaptations of Marvel's Black Widow, whose most recent novel, Royce Rolls, is out now! We discuss writing this book as a joke, the Kardashians as a delivery system, the reverse-outlining method, and overcoming inherited ways of thinking. 

 

Margaret Stohl 2.0 Show Notes

Los Angeles I’m Yours” by The Decemberists

The Kardashians

new Zelda, Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Switch

Arden Rose (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Richelle Mead

Raymond Chandler

 

Richard Pryor

Little House on the Prairie (TV show)

Starline Tours

Jennifer Garner

Alyson Hannigan, Willow from Buffy

Captain Marvel

Tony Stark

Kami Garcia

Emily Meehan, associate editor Marvel

Libba Bray (listen to her First Draft interviews here: Part 1, and Part 2)

 

Cats vs. Robots: This Is War

Katherine Tegan at Harper Collins

Veronica Roth (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here!)

 

VEEP (TV show)

House of Cards (TV show)

My LATFoB panel

YALLWEST

Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie

BookCon

Direct download: Margaret_Stohl_2.0.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:25pm PST

Listen to YA superstar Sara Zarr (whose newest novel, GEM & DIXIE, is out now!) talk about the first time she encountered “smart” as an epithet, getting career advice from Chris Crutcher, and very nearly giving up on writing altogether.

 

Sara Zarr Show Notes

This Creative Life, Sara’s podcast series

Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Beverly Cleary

Marilyn Sachs

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Judy Blume

 

We Need Diverse Books internship program

 

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chris Crutcher

National Book Award

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

Imposter Syndrome

This Creative Life with Scott Derrickson

 

This Creative Life with Gayle Forman

This Creative Life with Sarah Dessen

Kevin Bacon (actor)

A Simple Plan (movie)

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

 

My LATFoB panel

YALLWEST

BookCon!

Direct download: EDIT2_SZ.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:38am PST

Hang with me and YouTube star, actress, and debut author Arden Rose (ALMOST ADULTING is out now!) about the sometimes insidious nature of the beauty industry, things we wish we could tell our younger selves, the scourge of tribalism, and more!

Arden Rose Show Notes

Let’s Learn Japanese (TV show)

Dr. Seuss

Redwall by Brian Jacques 

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

TED talk with former member of the Westboro Baptist, Megan Phelps-Roper

"The Most Hated Family in America," the Westboro Baptist documentaries by Louis Theroux

 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

PewDiePie

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

 

Direct download: Arden_Rose.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:33pm PST

Kayla Cagan, whose debut novel PIPER PERISH is out now, on fighting the green monster, the ultimatum that led to her first book deal, and how she wrote a book one day at a time (30 minutes a day).

 

Kayla Cagan Show Notes

Eugene O’Neill

Leave it to Beaver (TV show)

Dukes of Hazard (TV show)

Choose Your Own Adventure

Sweet Valley High

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Stephen F Austin State University

Samuel Beckett (playwright)

The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee 

Marsha Norman (playwright)

Christoher Durang

David Lindsay-Abaire (playwright)

David Auburn (playwright)

Robert Hass (poet)

Maria Ines Gul (illustrator)

Rookie magazine

 

 

John Cusick at Fiolio (literary agent)

 

 

Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo

On Writing by Stephen King

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Direct download: Kayla_Cagan_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:27am PST

The 100th episode of the First Draft podcast—wow!! Several of the amazing authors who attended the North Texas Teen Book Festival answer lightning-round questions from listeners!

Continue to support the podcast and help it grow by subscribing on iTunes (and leaving a rating or review!), following it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, signing up for the newsletter, and spreading the word about First Draft using the hashtag #TryPod!

Thank you so, so, so much for listening <3

 

North Texas Teen Book Festival Show Notes

 R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series

Victoria Aveyard, author of the Red Queen series. The most recent book in the series, King’s Cage, is out now! (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Maurene Goo, author of Since You Asked and the forthcoming K-Drama rom-com, I Believe In A Thing Called Love, out May 30! (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Kate Hart, author of After the Fall. (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series and Carve the Mark. (listen to her most recent full First Draft interview here... and the first one, here!)

Samantha Mabry, author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All The Wind In The World, out October 10! (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven Cycle series, Scorpio Races, and the Shiver series

Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, and Summer Days and Summer Nights, as well as the forthcoming There’s Someone Inside Your House due out Sept. 17!

Renée Watson, author of Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me and more, and founder of the I, Too, Arts Collective (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Kirsten Hubbard, author of Watch the Sky, Race the Night, Wanderlove, and Like Mandarin.

Brendan Reichs, author of Nemesis, out today!

Jennifer E Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and the forthcoming Windfall, due May 2!

Nina LaCour, author of We Are Okay, The Disenchantments, Everything Leads to You, and more. (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Sara Shepard, author of The Amateurs series and the Pretty Little Liars series

Kiersten White, author of And I Darken, Paranormalcy and so many others! (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Christina Soontornvat author of The Changelings and the forthcoming The Ramble Shamble Children, due in 2018!

Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark & Grimm and So You Want To Be A Jedi?

Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things and the forthcoming What To Say Next, due July 11! (Listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Claire Legrand, author of Some Kind of Happiness, Foxheart, and the forthcoming Ashborn, due in 2018! (listen to her full First Draft interview here!)

Direct download: North_Texas_Teen_Book_Festival_2017.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:19am PST

Get a hot weather beverage and relax on a porch with me and Sarah Nicole Lemon, whose debut novel DONE DIRT CHEAP (out now!) talks about being a 14-year-old high school junior, writing books in secret, motorcycle clubs, and Appalachian female revenge.

Sarah Nicole Lemon Show Notes

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Bill Gothard

Barbara Poelle (literary agent)

Holly Root (literary agent)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Sons of Anarchy (TV show)

YALLFest

Renee Ahdieh

Ozzy Osbourne

Better Call Saul (TV show)

King Minos

John Green

Ray Bradbury

Direct download: Sarah_Nicole_Lemon_Final.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

A special co-episode with Sara from Adventures in YA where we talk about the podcasting process. Sara and I discuss our equipment, software, workflow, and promo processes, and touch a bit on feeling like we’re shouting into the void, and also tips for moderating at book festivals and other events.

 

Adventures in Podcasting Show Notes

Adventures in YA

Sara 

Kristin Treviño

The North Texas Teen Book Festival

#TryPod

Adventures with Words (podcast)

Kate and Rob's off-shoot British YA show (podcast)

Man Booker Prize

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

You Made It Weird

WTF with Marc Maron

This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer

Behringer Microamp Ha400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA202

How to Start a Podcast – A Step-By-Step Podcasting Tutorial

Libsyn

Auphonic

Levelator

Audacity

Interview with NPR’s chief sound engineer

Podcast Movement

Adobe Audition sound system

Zoom H2N

Zoom H4N

ElectroVoice RE50-B

FileZilla

Midroll

Art19

Epic Reads

Elise Gets Crafty (podcast)

 

Direct download: Special_Ep_Adventures_in_Podcasting.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:52pm PST

Lilliam Rivera (whose debut young adult novel THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, is out now!) shares her first memories of walking to the library, talks about interning at Rolling Stone, the theatricality of funerals, and who wear masks (and why).

Lilliam Rivera Show Notes

UCLA Extension

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Toni Morrison

DROWN by Junot Diaz

Ana Castillo

Sandra María Esteves

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

“Between Going and Staying” by Lilliam Rivera (an interview with Lilliam about the short story here)

Shirley Temple

Al Watt The 90-Day Novel

Judy Blume

Laila Lalami Pulitzer Prize-nominated

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

 

Direct download: Lilliam_Rivera.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:34am PST

The super-savvy, super-smart author Renée Watson (her most recent young adult novel, PIECING ME TOGETHER, is out now!) and founder of the I, Too Arts Collective, talks taking herself seriously as a writer from a young age, creative therapy for young people, and finding people who are about something.

 

Renée Watson Show Notes

An article about Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian student killed by three neo-Nazis in Portland.

Richard Scarry's Bedtime Stories

Judy Blume

BEEZUS AND RAMONA by Beverly Cleary

Lucille Clifton (poet)

Gwendolyn Brooks (poet)

Langston Hughes

 

Zora Neale Hurston

Toni Morrison

A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN  by Renée Watson

 

THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson

Sarah McCarry

 

WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME by Renée Watson

Community-Work Project (NYC education organization)

DreamYard (NYC education organization)

Christian Robinson, illustrator

Meg Medina

Jason Reynolds

I, Too Arts Collective

Langston Hughes, “I, Too

 

Direct download: Rene_Watson_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:41pm PST

Let’s break it down with Sarah Jae-Jones, debut author of WINTERSONG, podcaster at large with the PubCrawl Podcast, and former editor at St. Martin’s Press, as she talks about learning to write to avoid Korean school, the possible titles for her memoir on publishing, evil threshold magic, and the not-entirely-nice ways that publishing surprised her.

 

Sarah Jae-Jones Show Notes

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Kongji and Patzzi

Pride and Prejudice (BBC miniseries)

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Sesame Street

Kristin Nelson’s blog Pub Rants

JJ’s podcast co-host, Kelly Van Sant

Al Zukerman, chairman of Writer’s House

Simplenote

Dropbox

Scrivener

Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interview here!)

JJ’s blog post about writing the sequel

Direct download: Sarah_Jae-Jones_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:28pm PST

The delightful Rhoda Belleza, debut author of EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES, on being a slow reader, hating dress codes, working with teens to develop professional skills, and magical trolls who hide things in your house. 

 

Rhoda Belleza Show Notes

My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV show)

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Babysitters Club by Anne M Martin

Gwen Stefani

Sanctuary Art Center in Seattle

Ray Bradbury

Planned Parenthood (donate here!)

Susan G. Komen Foundation

AOL

MapQuest

YWCA

Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena

Paper Lantern Lit

Kami Garcia

Tiffany Liao (editor at Razorbill)

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Imprint Imprint

Erin Stein (head of Imprint)

 

Direct download: Rhoda_Belleza_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:08pm PST

Hello from Veronica Roth’s tour in support of her new book, Carve the Mark! Veronica invited me to go with her on tour as emcee, and we take a break after one of our shows to talk about entering an alternate dimension in the Atlanta airport, amazing bookstore dogs, and when we first learned the power of language.

Veronica Roth minisode

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

How Did This Get Made

Mary Todd Lincoln’s instagram

Colson Whitehead

Zadie Smith

Depression Beard” from Supernatural

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

After the Fall by Kate Hart

Donate to RAINN in honor of After the Fall!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (and its sequel One Dark Throne)

How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore

Direct download: Veronica_Roth_Minisode.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:01am PST

Author of the DIVERGENT series Veronica Roth - whose new book, CARVE THE MARK, is out Jan. 17 - returns to the podcast to update me on what she’s been up to since her last episode, giving her story ideas code names, why she’s obsessed with iron grates over windows, and why she decided her next novel should be set in space.

 

Veronica Roth Show Notes

Listen to her previous First Draft interview here!

FOUR, the collection of Divergent short stories

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

"Inertia," Veronica’s short story in the Summer Days and Summer Nights anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Baba Yaga

Teen Vogue

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (listen to her First Draft podcast here) and Jay Kristofftx

 

Direct download: Veronica_Roth_2.0_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Join me as I talk to D.J. MacHale, author of dozens of middle grade novels, including THE CURSE OF THE BOGGIN, first book in his new series THE LIBRARY, out now! DJ also created and wrote the Nickelodeon series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? He talks about writing and starring in a 90-minute original Marx Brothers movie, outlining 10 books in a week, and taking critique from his mother.

 

DJ MacHale Show Notes

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson 

Dr Seuss

Dr. No

Alfred Hitchcock’s scary short story compilations

Ernest Hemingway

ABC after school special Seasonal Differences

Uta Hagen, actress in seasonal differences

Encyclopedia Brown

Chris Cross (TV show)

The Shining by Stephen King

Are You Afraid of the Dark podcasts:

Nostalgianauts revisit the TV series

Are You Afraid of the Snark, comedians doing live commentary on episodes

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Show interviews DJ

R.L. Stine

Quantum Leap (TV show)

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne 

Direct download: DJ_MacHale.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:43am PST

1