First Draft with Sarah Enni (literature)

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

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)

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