First Draft with Sarah Enni (literature)

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 PDT

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
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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

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

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 PDT

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
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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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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!

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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 PDT

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 PDT