First Draft with Sarah Enni (literature)

The super-savvy, super-smart author Renée Watson (her most recent young adult novel, PIECING ME TOGETHER, is out now!) and founder of the I, Too Arts Collective, talks taking herself seriously as a writer from a young age, creative therapy for young people, and finding people who are about something.


Renée Watson Show Notes

An article about Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian student killed by three neo-Nazis in Portland.

Richard Scarry's Bedtime Stories

Judy Blume

BEEZUS AND RAMONA by Beverly Cleary

Lucille Clifton (poet)

Gwendolyn Brooks (poet)

Langston Hughes


Zora Neale Hurston

Toni Morrison



THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson

Sarah McCarry


WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME by Renée Watson

Community-Work Project (NYC education organization)

DreamYard (NYC education organization)

Christian Robinson, illustrator

Meg Medina

Jason Reynolds

I, Too Arts Collective

Langston Hughes, “I, Too


Direct download: Rene_Watson_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:41pm PST

Let’s break it down with Sarah Jae-Jones, debut author of WINTERSONG, podcaster at large with the PubCrawl Podcast, and former editor at St. Martin’s Press, as she talks about learning to write to avoid Korean school, the possible titles for her memoir on publishing, evil threshold magic, and the not-entirely-nice ways that publishing surprised her.


Sarah Jae-Jones Show Notes

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Kongji and Patzzi

Pride and Prejudice (BBC miniseries)

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Sesame Street

Kristin Nelson’s blog Pub Rants

JJ’s podcast co-host, Kelly Van Sant

Al Zukerman, chairman of Writer’s House




Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interview here!)

JJ’s blog post about writing the sequel

Direct download: Sarah_Jae-Jones_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:28pm PST

The delightful Rhoda Belleza, debut author of EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES, on being a slow reader, hating dress codes, working with teens to develop professional skills, and magical trolls who hide things in your house. 


Rhoda Belleza Show Notes

My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV show)

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Babysitters Club by Anne M Martin

Gwen Stefani

Sanctuary Art Center in Seattle

Ray Bradbury

Planned Parenthood (donate here!)

Susan G. Komen Foundation




Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena

Paper Lantern Lit

Kami Garcia

Tiffany Liao (editor at Razorbill)

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Imprint Imprint

Erin Stein (head of Imprint)


Direct download: Rhoda_Belleza_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:08pm PST

Hello from Veronica Roth’s tour in support of her new book, Carve the Mark! Veronica invited me to go with her on tour as emcee, and we take a break after one of our shows to talk about entering an alternate dimension in the Atlanta airport, amazing bookstore dogs, and when we first learned the power of language.

Veronica Roth minisode

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

How Did This Get Made

Mary Todd Lincoln’s instagram

Colson Whitehead

Zadie Smith

Depression Beard” from Supernatural

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

After the Fall by Kate Hart

Donate to RAINN in honor of After the Fall!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (and its sequel One Dark Throne)

How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore

Direct download: Veronica_Roth_Minisode.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:01am PST

Author of the DIVERGENT series Veronica Roth - whose new book, CARVE THE MARK, is out Jan. 17 - returns to the podcast to update me on what she’s been up to since her last episode, giving her story ideas code names, why she’s obsessed with iron grates over windows, and why she decided her next novel should be set in space.


Veronica Roth Show Notes

Listen to her previous First Draft interview here!

FOUR, the collection of Divergent short stories

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

"Inertia," Veronica’s short story in the Summer Days and Summer Nights anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Baba Yaga

Teen Vogue

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (listen to her First Draft podcast here) and Jay Kristofftx


Direct download: Veronica_Roth_2.0_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Join me as I talk to D.J. MacHale, author of dozens of middle grade novels, including THE CURSE OF THE BOGGIN, first book in his new series THE LIBRARY, out now! DJ also created and wrote the Nickelodeon series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? He talks about writing and starring in a 90-minute original Marx Brothers movie, outlining 10 books in a week, and taking critique from his mother.


DJ MacHale Show Notes

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson 

Dr Seuss

Dr. No

Alfred Hitchcock’s scary short story compilations

Ernest Hemingway

ABC after school special Seasonal Differences

Uta Hagen, actress in seasonal differences

Encyclopedia Brown

Chris Cross (TV show)

The Shining by Stephen King

Are You Afraid of the Dark podcasts:

Nostalgianauts revisit the TV series

Are You Afraid of the Snark, comedians doing live commentary on episodes

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Show interviews DJ

R.L. Stine

Quantum Leap (TV show)

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne 

Direct download: DJ_MacHale.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:43am PST

Hear Sona Charaipotra, co-author of TINY PRETTY THINGS and SHINY BROKEN PIECES and co-founder of CAKE Literary, talks about her Halloween welcome to the U.S., being married to your greatest accountability partner, and fostering mentorship.

Sona Charaipotra Show Notes


The Partition of India

The Babysitter’s Club by Anne M. Martin

The Vampire Diaries (TV show)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Dhonielle Clayton (listen to her First Draft interview here)


Bombay Talkie by Ameen Amir

Judy Blume

Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

YA authors Siobhan Vivian, Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here), Coe Booth

Alloy Entertainment

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Patrick Swayze


Book by Kaye (@gildedspine) sold to Salaam Reads

Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano


Bajirao Mastani (Bollywood film)

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski



Direct download: Sona_Charaipotra_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08pm PST

Hear Amie Kaufman, New York Times best-selling co-author of the STARBOUND trilogy and the ILLUMINAE series, talk shipwrecks and her favorite sound, how science fiction is fantasy for the real world, using "shenanigans ensue" as a plotting device, and my new favorite thing: the “shut up and take my money” list.


Amie Kaufman show notes

THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie and Meagan Spooner (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Enid Blyton

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN by Gertrude Chandler Warner

THE BABY SITTERS' ISLAND ADVENTURE The Baby Sitters' Club Super Special #4 by Ann M. Martin

Gravity (film)


20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Jules Verne


Alan Lee, iliustrator of THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien

Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series)

SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner

John Green's Vlogbrothers video, “What Makes Us Human

Firefly (TV show)


Stephenie Meyer


UNEARTHED, Amie’s new book with Meagan Spooner

Indiana Jones (films)

Tomb Raider (video game)

Phillip Pullman, HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy

Quote from Pullman (in THE GOLDEN COMPASSabout ideas having a “soap bubble” phase: “The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else.”

Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft interview here)

THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE, the new series coming from Amie and her co-author Jay Kristoff

Stephanie Perkins’ blog post: Love Lists

Kelly Link

Sarah Rees Brennan

Direct download: Amie_Kaufman.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:25pm PST

Some past and future First Draft interviewees share their stories about voting, how their characters would vote, love of stickers, and one story of a jujutsu-master suffragette!

Special Election Podcast Show Notes

Morgan Matson, author of THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, AMY AND ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR, and more (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Elana K. Arnold, author of INFANDOUS, FAR FROM FAIR, the forthcoming WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, and more (listen to her First Draft interview here)


Mackenzi Lee, author of THIS MONSTROUS THING and THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Brandy Colbert, author of POINTE and the forthcoming LITTLE AND LION (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Cat Winters, author of IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, and THE UNINVITED, and more (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Somaiya Daud, author of the forthcoming MIRAGE (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Amy Plum, author of the DIE FOR ME series, the AFTER THE END series, and the forthcoming DREAMFALL (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Marie Lu, author of the LEGEND series, the YOUNG ELITES trilogy (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Maurene Goo, author of SINCE YOU ASKED and the forthcoming I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Claire Legrand, author of THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, and FOXHEART, and more (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Amy Lukavics, author of DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS, and the forthcoming THE RAVENOUS (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Lance Rubin, author of DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE and DENTON LITTLE'S STILL NOT DEAD (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Samantha Mabry, author of A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON and the forthcoming THE REAL MARVELOUS (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Natalie C. Parker, author of the BEWARE THE WILD series and editor of the forthcoming anthology TRIANGLES: THE POINTS OF LOVE ANTHOLOGY 

Elissa Sussman, author of STRAY and BURN (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Kirsten Hubbard, author of RACE THE NIGHT (out today!), WATCH THE SKY, WANDERLOVE and LIKE MANDARIN (listen to her First Draft interview imminently!)

Direct download: Special_Election_Podcast_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:11am PST

Join me and Josephine Angelini, author of the STARCROSSED trilogy, and the WORLDWALKER series (the finale, WITCH’S PYRE, is out now!), as we talk about houses burning down, trading a diary for writing fiction, and how long you can avoid the reality that you are meant to write.


Josephine Angelini Show Notes

MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Details on the sexual assault allegations against Bradley by her daughter


DARKOVER series by Marion Zimmer Bradley


GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

Direct download: Josie_Angelini_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:38pm PST