Tue, 6 November 2018
Bea and Leah Koch, two sisters who co-own The Ripped Bodice, the only brick and mortar bookstore in the U.S. to sell exclusively romance titles, who were named 2017 RWA Steffie Walker Booksellers of the Year by the Romance Writers of America and recently struck an overall deal with Sony Pictures. I loved what Bea and Leah had to say about being activist booksellers, retraining romance readers, and becoming advocates for representation and change in publishing.
Bea and Leah Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice, Show Notes
Women and Children First (bookstore in Illinois)
Preeti Chhibber (of Scholastic)
Greenlight (bookstore in Brooklyn)
The Ripped Bodice State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report (2016 and 2017) (The New York Times artiicle detailing the report’s findings, “In Love With Romance Novels, But Not Their Lack of Diversity”)
Vivian Stevens (editor of romance novels)
Beverly Jenkins (romance author)
RWA (Romance Writers Association)
Tue, 30 October 2018
Tiffany D. Jackson—author of ALLEGEDLY, whose latest book, MONDAY’S NOT COMING, is out now! Her next book, LET ME HEAR A RHYME, is due out May 21, 2019!—talks about still considering herself a newbie writer, the allure of horror stories, and being honest about the emotions of publishing.
Tiffany Jackson Show Notes
Get Out (movie)
Tue, 23 October 2018
Laini Taylor is a National Book Award finalist for Lips Touch Three Times, New York Times bestseller for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and Printz Honoree for Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares, out now!
Laini Taylor Show Notes
Jim di Bartolo, illustrator and Laini’s husband
Arthur Levine, publisher at Scholastic
Gentleman and Phantoms, Laini’s story which appears in the Foretold anthology
Tue, 16 October 2018
Tochi Onyebuchi, author of CROWN OF THUNDER, the second book in the BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT series--which is out now--talks about the audacity of new writers’ ideas, writing himself and his family into a book for the first time, and being an award-winning witness.
Tochi Onyebuchi Show Notes
Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)
Eugène Delacroix, French Romantic artist
Black Panther (movie)
Tue, 9 October 2018
Sam Maggs, author of A FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: A Handbook for Geek Girls and WONDER WOMEN: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, talks about her most recent book, GIRL SQUADS, a non-fiction collection of 20 female friendships that changed history. Sam shares the Google search that kicked off the new book, the surprising (and alarming) stories she stumbled on while researching GIRL SQUADS, and deploying her pronunciation skills for the audiobook.
Sam Maggs Show Notes
The Ripped Bodice bookstore in Culver City, CA
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
Tue, 2 October 2018
Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of DEAR MARTIN, talks about her newest young adult novel, ODD ONE OUT, out October 9! Nic talks about lies of imagination versus lies of convenience, “high taste” readers, and the benefits of eavesdropping.
Nic Stone Show Notes
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” a friendship theory by Rudine Sims Bishop
Mae Carol Jemison (Astronaut)
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD. (president of Spellman University)
Rena Rossner (NIc Stone’s agent at The Deborah Harris Agency)
Phoebe Yeh, Nic’s editor
Jordan Davis, a young black man killed in Florida over loud music
The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
Aminah Mae Safi (listen to her First Draft podcast here)
Tue, 25 September 2018
Alex London--author of the Proxy Series, the Wild Ones series, and more, about his new young adult novel, BLACK WINGS BEATING--talks about the patriarchal influence on narrative structure, considering queer heroism, being terrified of coming back to YA, and why Jonathan Franzen owes him a thank you note.
Alex London Show Notes
Mary Fran Rash, Owner of Main Street Books in St. Charles, MO
Tue, 18 September 2018
Sara Farizan, author of IF YOU COULD BE MINE and TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL, talks about her newest novel, HERE TO STAY, out now! Sara talks about love as a human rights issue, writing action sequences, and why she chose not to write in Charles Barkley’s voice.
Sara Farizan Show Notes
The Office (TV show)
Books, Inc. (bookstore in SF)
Reggie Miller (former NBA player and commentator)
Kevin Harlan (NBA commentator)
Stephen Curry (NBA player)
Charles Barkley (NBA player)
Tue, 11 September 2018
Nova Ren Suma, New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us, Imaginary Girls, and more, talks about her newest novel, A Room Away From the Wolves, out now! Nova shares what she learned from ghostwriting, talks about finding New York through the myths of her mother, and talks about discovering her strange self.
Nova Ren Suma show notes
Micol Ostow (author)
Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys
Yaddo (artist’s colony)
Poets & Writers magazine
Tue, 4 September 2018
Courtney Summers, author of many books including CRACKED UP TO BE, THIS IS NOT A TEST, ALL THE RAGE, and her newest novel which comes out today, SADIE, talks about not wanting to do a book a year again, seeing her career shift 10 years in, how she thinks about her abrupt endings, sticking with the heart of the novel, and podcasts.
Courtney Summers 2.0 Show Notes
Hear Courtney’s first First Draft interview (with bonus Veronica Roth) here!
S Town (podcast)
Emily Hainsworth (author)