First Draft with Sarah Enni

Petite and a bit quiet, Lindsay Smith has a bit of a mysterious vibe. And once she starts talking, it only gets more interesting! YA's John le Carré, Lindsay is a history buff who is fluent in Russian, and her debut novel, SEKRET, and its follow-up, SKANDAL (due in April 2015 from Roaring Brook Press) explore what would happen if Russia were hiding paranormally-enhanced super-humans behind the iron curtain during the Cold War. Pretty awesome stuff. Lindsay invited me over to talk 20th century politics, the round-the-clock nature of D.C.'s creative types, and the sheer terror of trying to write for adults.

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Caroline Tung Richmond is a smiling, stylin’ ball of endless positive energy, and with her debut novel set to come out in September (THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, 9/30/14 from Scholastic) I was jazzed to meet up with her in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Caroline is full of incredible advice for writers in the trenches, and gives us a perspective on how being a new mother is hurting and, in some ways, helping her writing process. Also, she schools me on awesome sci-fi references — though Stark Trek fans should be warned that Caroline admits her memory of Deanna Troi’s fate may be a bit hazy. (But we won’t hold that against her - she has mad TNG cred.)

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Robin Talley Show Notes


Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar


Maureen Johnson The Bermudez Triangle, now known as On The Count of Three

David Levithan Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing


Robin’s agent Jim McCarthy


Caroline RichmondJessica Spotswood, and Miranda Kinneally 


Memoirs set in Virginia about desegregation include The Norfolk 17 by Andrew Heidelberg


Transgender protagonists: I Am J


None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio


Far From You by Tess Sharpe


#WeNeedDiverseBooks BEA panel discussion 


Aaron Hartzler Rapture Practice

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The inaugural First Draft podcast! A discussion with the lovely Sumayyah Daud, 24-year old author of the forthcoming BEGIN AGAIN, about radical happiness, Bill Shakespeare’s butt jokes, and #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

Show Notes:

N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Audre Lorde A Litany For Survival and Sister Outsider

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month

Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.”

Charlotte Dacre Zofloya

Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper

Sumayyah’s blog post at YA Highway, “I’m Still Here”t

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