Tue, 19 March 2019
First Draft Episode #183: Author and Illustrator Jon Klassen
Jon Klassen, Caldecott Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the “I Want My Hat Back” series, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and many more. Find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
In the course of our conversation, Jon and I discuss how his early experience as a set designer changed how he thought about picture book audiences, why he felt that painting objects or animals had as much emotional impact as human characters, and how the personal arc of his best-known series, I Want My Hat Back, went from ironic detachment to artistic earnestness.
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Tue, 12 March 2019
Lilliam Rivera, author of THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, is back with DEALING IN DREAMS, out now! She talks about writing a Latinx future, entering a room with hope, and getting to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Lilliam Rivera 2.0 Show Notes
Lilliam’s first interview on First Draft here
Zareen Jaffrey, executive editor at Simon & Schuster
A Clockwork Orange (movie)
The Warriors (movie)
Mad Max Fury Road (movie)
Tue, 5 March 2019
Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, including the most recent A CRYSTAL OF TIME (out today!) talks about the insidiousness of triumphant good, how tutoring taught him discipline, and the epic battle of Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova.
Soman Chainani Show Notes
The Fault in Our Stars (movie)
Love, Simon (movie)
Fri, 1 March 2019
Sarah Enni, debut author of TELL ME EVERYTHING and usually the host of the First Draft podcast, answers questions from past First Draft interviewees about craft and ego, staying on schedule, Bob Costas’ pink-eye story, the evolution of her interview style, Hammer the cat’s origin story.
Sarah Enni bonus episode show notes
Allie Brosh’s comics about procrastination
Pod Save America (podcast)
NPR Politics podcast (podcast)
The Daily (podcast)
Keep It (podcast)
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Mon, 25 February 2019
Sarah Enni, debut author of TELL ME EVERYTHING and usually the host of the First Draft podcast, answers questions from fellow YA writer Maurene Goo! Sarah shares her lengthy path to publishing, the role of humor and tone in contemporary fiction, her outlining process, and the one cross-country flight that changed everything.
Sarah Enni Show Notes
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Xenon: Girl of the 21st Century (movie)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
American Lion by Jon Meacham
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
DJDS “Trees on Fire”
Tue, 19 February 2019
Amanda Maciel Show Notes
TEASE by Amanda Maciel
LUCKY GIRL by Amanda Maciel
Post Secret (social media site)
Tue, 12 February 2019
Sarah Burnes, literary agent with The Gernert Company. She has been my agent since 2013. I loved what Sarah had to say about her approach to the slush pile, the myth of work-life balance, and her “no assholes” rule.
Sarah Burnes Show Notes
Vicki Lame, editor at St. Martin’s
Amanda Maciel, editor at Scholastic
Tue, 5 February 2019
Susan Dennard Show Notes
Joanna Volpe, literary agent at New Leaf Literary
Tue, 29 January 2019
Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times bestselling HIS FAIR ASSASSINS series, talks about the memories that live on in our bodies, the downside to critique groups, and how writing her breakout series retriggered old trauma--sidelining her ability to write for more than a year. She worked her way, physically and emotionally, back to write the latest in the series, COURTING DARKNESS, out February 5, 2019.
Robin LaFevers Show Notes
RWA (Romance Writers of America)
Jesus Camp (documentary)
Tue, 22 January 2019
Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author of PIECING ME TOGETHER a Newberry Honor book and winner of the Coretta Scott King award, THIS SIDE OF HOME, and many others, and co-author of WATCH US RISE, out February 12. Renée is also founder and executive director of the I, Too Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization housed in the home of legendary poet Langston Hughes, committed to nurturing voices from underrepresented communities in the creative arts.
Renée Watson Show Notes
A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson
Kate Messner (author)
Kendolyn Walker, program director at I, Too
Ellice Lee, graphic designer for I, Too and Associate Art Director of Philomel, Penguin Random House
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors
Tue, 15 January 2019
Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, CROWN OF WISHES, and the ARU SHAH series talks about the first book in her latest young adult series, THE GILDED WOLVES, out January 15. She talks about connecting to her history through fairy tales, how being voted most likely to succeed caused a lot of angst, and the pressure of picking an AIM away message.
Roshani Chokshi Show Notes
Sailor Moon (cartoon)
Christiane Amanpour (TV broadcast journalism)
National Treasure (movie)
Lara Croft (video game character)
Tomb Raider (movie)
The Librarian (movie)
The Mummy (movie)
Tue, 8 January 2019
Tracey Neithercott, author of Gray Wolf Island, talks about being inspired by unsolved mysteries and real life treasure hunters, how writing shapes our identities, and how she wrote her debut book while dealing with a life-altering chronic pain diagnosis.
Tracey Neithercott Show Notes
The Bodyguard (movie)
Dawson’s Creek (TV show)
Sarah LaPolla, literary agent
Stand By Me (movie)
Forrest Fenn (antiquities dealer who buried a treasure)
Wed, 2 January 2019
Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and its forthcoming sequel, as well as Tales from the Hinterlands, talks about stuffing her debut book with secret book recommendations, the borderlessness of being a young reader, and loving angry girls in fiction.
Melissa Albert Show Notes
A Spark of Light (Barnes & Noble exclusive edition)
Working Partners (work for hire book company in England)
The Twilight Zone (TV show)
Romeo + Juliet (movie)
Love Lists, a blog post by Stephanie Perkins
Emma Chastain, writer
Welcome to Night Vale (podcast)