First Draft with Sarah Enni (literature)

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 PDT

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 PDT

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



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08pm PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

Join me and Ransom Riggs, New York Times best-selling author of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - which was recently released as a major motion picture - and the new selection of short stories, TALES OF THE PECULIAR, as we talk about living side by side with the past, making friends with the neighbor kids, and the freedom of having no expectations.

Ransom Riggs Show Notes

Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Stephen King

Dragonlance (video game)

The Legend of Zelda (video game)

The Terminator (movie)

The Shining (movie)

Friday the 13th (movie)

Win Wenders (filmmaker)

Kenyon College (and their alumni magazine's interview with Ransom here!)

USC Cinematic Arts

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

Edward Gorey


Direct download: Ransom_Riggs_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:18am PDT

Join Tahereh Mafi, New York Times best-selling author of FURTHERMORE (out now!) and the SHATTER ME series, as we discuss childhoods full of new starts and goodbyes, the ways contemporary books can feel like fantasy, and writing 5,000 words every single day for two years (!).

Tahereh Mafi Show Notes

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Judy Blume

Absolute Write forums

Kami Garcia

Julie Strauss-Gabel

Direct download: TMa.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:44pm PDT

Hear Zan Romanoff, whose brilliant debut novel A SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART is out now, talk about using her Yale diploma to ward off Hanson haters, generational trauma, the terrifying power of puberty, and her follow-up novel, GRACE AND THE FEVER (May 2017)!


Zan Romanoff show notes

Kate Hart (listen to her First Draft episode here)

The Iowa Review

The Babysitter’s Club by Anne M. Martin

Anne McCaffrey

Frank McCourt


Hanson, “Mmmbop

Dawson’s Creek (TV series)

Brenna Yovanoff, PLACES NO ONE KNOWS

Don Delillo

"California Girls," Zan’s piece in the Paris Review about Joan Didion

Girl Crush Zine, by Jenna Wortham & Thessaly La Force

Writing Workshop LA

Edan Lepucki 

"There is No Such Thing as the Young Adult Novel," Zan’s article on The Millions about what is YA

Logan Garrison Savits, Zan’s agent

GIRLS ON FIRE by Robin Wasserman

One Direction

Zan’s essay about Taylor Swift conspiracy theories in Broadly

Larry Stylinson

Direct download: Zan_Romanoff.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:11pm PDT

Leila Howland, author of NANTUCKET BLUE, THE FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER, and its sequel THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF SUMMER (and the forthcoming HELLO, SUNSHINE, due out next summer!), talks writing hiatus, learning structure from screenwriting, and finding inspiration in well-intentioned missteps.

Leila Howland Show Notes


A LITTLE PRINCESS and THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

HEIDI by Johanna Spyri

THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien 

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame

Young Frankenstein (movie)

Sara Crowe (agent)

SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder

10 Cloverfield Lane (movie)

The Godfather (movie)


Lost It by Kristin Tracy

Bridesmaids (movie)

Elin Hilderbrand (author)

Josephine Angelini (author)


Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper on Mad Men, TV show)

HELLO SUNSHINE, forthcoming book from Leila

Barnsdall Art Park

Kayla Cagan (author)


SUMMER IN THE INVISIBLE CITY by Juliana Romano (Leila's review for her debut book, FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER)

Robert Hass: “Take the time to write. You can do your life’s work in half an hour a day.



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:20am PDT