Tue, 18 September 2018
Sara Farizan, author of IF YOU COULD BE MINE and TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL, talks about her newest novel, HERE TO STAY, out now! Sara talks about love as a human rights issue, writing action sequences, and why she chose not to write in Charles Barkley’s voice.
Sara Farizan Show Notes
The Office (TV show)
Books, Inc. (bookstore in SF)
Reggie Miller (former NBA player and commentator)
Kevin Harlan (NBA commentator)
Stephen Curry (NBA player)
Charles Barkley (NBA player)
Tue, 11 September 2018
Nova Ren Suma, New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us, Imaginary Girls, and more, talks about her newest novel, A Room Away From the Wolves, out now! Nova shares what she learned from ghostwriting, talks about finding New York through the myths of her mother, and talks about discovering her strange self.
Nova Ren Suma show notes
Micol Ostow (author)
Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys
Yaddo (artist’s colony)
Poets & Writers magazine
Tue, 4 September 2018
Courtney Summers, author of many books including CRACKED UP TO BE, THIS IS NOT A TEST, ALL THE RAGE, and her newest novel which comes out today, SADIE, talks about not wanting to do a book a year again, seeing her career shift 10 years in, how she thinks about her abrupt endings, sticking with the heart of the novel, and podcasts.
Courtney Summers 2.0 Show Notes
Hear Courtney’s first First Draft interview (with bonus Veronica Roth) here!
S Town (podcast)
Emily Hainsworth (author)
Tue, 28 August 2018
Somaiya Daud, debut author of YA sci-fi book MIRAGE, was the very first author I ever interviewed for First Draft Podcast. We had a lot to catch up on since then, so listen now to hear about Somaiya’s bumpy path to publication, the way race plays into our concepts of the future and, of course, Star Wars!
Somaiya Daud Show Notes
Ex Machina (film)
Tue, 21 August 2018
Jessica Spotswood, author of the CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES, WILD SWANS, and THE LAST SUMMER OF THE GARRETT GIRLS, as well as editor of A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS, THE RADICAL ELEMENT, and of TOIL & TROUBLE: 15 TALES OF WOMEN AND WITCHCRAFT, which comes out August 28!
Jessica Spotswood Show Notes
Michele Volanksy, Dean of Dramaturgy at Washington College
The Laramie Project (play)
Tue, 31 July 2018
Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS, talks about starting to write so he could create happy endings for his own life, being more creative when working at night, wanting to chuck the rulebook, and his nontraditional publishing journey.
Julian Winters Show Notes
Felicity (TV show)
Scandal (TV show)
Robbie Rogers (out soccer player)
Tue, 24 July 2018
Katie Cotugno, author of HOW TO LOVE, FIREWORKS, TOP TEN, and 99 DAYS and its sequel, 9 DAYS AND 9 NIGHTS, talks about the correlation between how she’s feeling and whether she’s writing, her ten-year debut novel, and making sense in the quiet after the loud.
Katie Cotugno Show Notes
The Office (TV show)
Tue, 17 July 2018
Emily X. R. Pan, debut author of the New York Times bestselling THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, talks about how she discovered her creative life after going to business school, her many years of writing and re-writing her book, and finding her bravery to put herself on the page.
Penguin (now Penguin Random House)
Professor Chuck Wachtel at NYU
“Losing Face” in Chinese culture
Tue, 10 July 2018
Brendan Kiely, author of THE GOSPEL OF WINTER, THE LAST TRUE LOVE STORY, and co-author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS. His newest novel, TRADITION, is an exploration of the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school. Brendan talks about the nature of authorship, the heroic value of humility, and working hard to not have an office.
Brendan Kiely Show Notes
Jessie Chaffee (Brendan’s wife)
Rob Weisbach (Brendan’s agent)
Chris Lynch (YA author)
Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
I Have the Right To by Chessy Prout
Tue, 3 July 2018
Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, talks about having a no-boundaries critique partner relationship, unhealthy (but effective) drafting processes, and how Saturn’s return led to her debut novel.
Adrienne Young Show Notes
Edward Scissorhands (movie)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (movie)