Tue, 21 March 2017
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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North Texas Teen Book Festival Show Notes
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!
Jennifer E Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and the forthcoming Windfall, due May 2!
Tue, 14 March 2017
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
Barbara Poelle (literary agent)
Holly Root (literary agent)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Sons of Anarchy (TV show)
Better Call Saul (TV show)
Tue, 7 March 2017
A special co-episode with Sara from Adventures in YA where we talk about the podcasting process. Sara and I discuss our equipment, software, workflow, and promo processes, and touch a bit on feeling like we’re shouting into the void, and also tips for moderating at book festivals and other events.
Adventures in Podcasting Show Notes
Adventures with Words (podcast)
Kate and Rob's off-shoot British YA show (podcast)
Elise Gets Crafty (podcast)
Tue, 28 February 2017
Lilliam Rivera (whose debut young adult novel THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, is out now!) shares her first memories of walking to the library, talks about interning at Rolling Stone, the theatricality of funerals, and who wear masks (and why).
Lilliam Rivera Show Notes
DROWN by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
“Between Going and Staying” by Lilliam Rivera (an interview with Lilliam about the short story here)
Laila Lalami Pulitzer Prize-nominated
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Mon, 20 February 2017
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.
BEEZUS AND RAMONA by Beverly Cleary
Lucille Clifton (poet)
Gwendolyn Brooks (poet)
A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN by Renée Watson
THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson
WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME by Renée Watson
Community-Work Project (NYC education organization)
DreamYard (NYC education organization)
Christian Robinson, illustrator
Langston Hughes, “I, Too”
Mon, 13 February 2017
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
Pride and Prejudice (BBC miniseries)
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Kristin Nelson’s blog Pub Rants
JJ’s podcast co-host, Kelly Van Sant
Al Zukerman, chairman of Writer’s House
Thu, 9 February 2017
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
Sanctuary Art Center in Seattle
Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
Erin Stein (head of Imprint)
Wed, 25 January 2017
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
“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
How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore
Tue, 10 January 2017
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
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (listen to her First Draft podcast here) and Jay Kristofftx
Tue, 3 January 2017
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
Alfred Hitchcock’s scary short story compilations
ABC after school special Seasonal Differences
Uta Hagen, actress in seasonal differences
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
Quantum Leap (TV show)
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne