First Draft with Sarah Enni (general)

Tomi Adeyemi, debut author of Children of Blood and Bone, on thinking she hated reading and writing, spite creativity, and how fantasy helped protect her from the raw pain in her book.

Tomi Adeyemi Show Notes

The Hunger Games (movie)

 Tomi’s blog post, "Why I Write: Telling a Story That Matters."

Black Panther

Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV show)

Ryan Coogler (director)

Launch (podcast)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Sign up for Tomi’s newsletter

Direct download: 3.13_Tomi_Adeyemi_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am 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

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


Ira Glass quote

Alison Cherry FOR REAL (her First Draft interview)

Stephen King ON WRITING


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 PST

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 PST