First Draft with Sarah Enni

Isabel Quintero, Morris Award winner for GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES, talks getting in trouble for reading in the dark, the final straw that took her away from teaching high school, and when a life crisis almost made her into a pastry chef.

Isabel Quintero Show Notes

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

e e cummings “anyhow lived in a pretty how town”

Michele Serros

William Carlos Williams

Walt Whitman

Pablo Neruda

John Steinbeck

M. Night Shyamalan

FAT KID RULES THE WORLD by K.L. Going

OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse

CRANK by Ellen Hopkins

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID by Jeff Kinney

Direct download: Isabel_Quintero.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:23pm PDT

Ava Dellaira, author of LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD, talks writing a book from a great title, hibernating with poetry in Iowa, and we enjoy a little bit of Greek pop music for spice.

Ava Dellaira

Leigh Bardugo called Ava “deep as a well” in her First Draft interview

Nirvana (band)

Lisa Loeb, “Sandalwood,” “Stay,”

The Counting Crows, “Anna Begins

U2, “One

Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

River Phoenix (actor)

Jennifer Egan

 

Direct download: Ava_Dellaira.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:27am PDT

 

Elissa Sussman, author of STRAY and its sequel BURN, discusses the “f—k page” of her teen journal, how ‘guilty pleasure’ is a gross term, and what three things every writer needs.

Elissa Sussman Show Notes

RENT (musical)

Archie comics

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Roswell (TV show)

X-Files (TV show)

Battlestar Galactica (TV show)

Star Trek (TV show)

REDWALL by Brian Jacques

DEALING WITH DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (movie)

The Secret World of Alex Mack (TV show)

Downstage (program at Sarah Lawrence)

Adrienne Dawes (playwright)

Vagina Monologues

Angels in America (play)

 

Wicked (play)

Into the Woods (play)

 

Direct download: Elissa_Sussman_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:56pm PDT

Hear the lovely Kristen Kittscher, author of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW and THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE talk about getting kicked out of high school, writing characters who are getting all growed up, and visualizing our inner writer.

Kristen Kittscher Show Notes

Danielle Steele

Mary Higgins Clark

Ellen Emerson White, THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER

HELTER SKELTER by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

STUART LITTLE by E.B. White

THE STAND by Stephen King

WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

Au Revoir Les Enfants (movie)

 

Umberto Echo, THE NAME OF THE ROSE

Write To The Finish (online class)

Taos Writing Conference

Kirsten Miller, KIKI STRIKE and NIGHTMARES with Jason Segel

Rebecca Stead GOODBYE STRANGER

Claire Legrand (her First Draft interview)

 

Direct download: Kristen_Kittscher_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:46pm PDT

The wondrous Amy Plum (author of the DIE FOR ME series, the AFTER THE END series, and DREAMFALL, due out in 2017) and Lenore Appelhans (author of the MEMORY CHRONICLES series) share stories of starting their literary careers writing letters, the false reality of social media, and psychopaths (real ones).

 

Amy Plum & Lenore Appelhans Show Notes

Vermont College of Fine Arts

SCBWI

J.R.R. Tolkien

Madelein L’Engle, A WRINKLE IN TIME

Robert A. Heinlein (SF writer)

Isaac Asimov

C.S. Lewis

Ursula LeGuin

Emma Trevayne, CODA

 

Flatliners (movie)

Wes Craven’s THEY (movie)

The Far Side by Gary Larson

 

Direct download: Amy_Plum__Lenore_Appelhans.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:19pm PDT

Pour a glass of wine to keep up with me and Kendare Blake, author of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, the Goddess War series, SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, and the forthcoming THREE DARK CROWNS (due out in 2016), as we talk about her training as a stock trader, screeds about Superman, and living with anxiety.

Kendare Blake Show Notes

Stephen King, On Writing

Anne Rice, Prince Lestat

Fear Street, Freeze Tag

Silent Hill (video game)

Supernatural (TV show)

 

 

Direct download: Kendare_Blake.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:28pm PDT

Pour a strong drink and leave your denim culottes at home for this conversation with Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, who together make up blogging and writing duo the Fug Girls (of Go Fug Yourself)! We talk about how terrible the new X Files is going to be, hear behind the scenes stories about America’s Next Top Model, talk writing as a team, and ask the universe for an oral history of how Summer '07 was the best time Hollywood gossip ever.

 

Fug Girls Show Notes

Pamela Ribon

Television Without Pity (previously Mighty Big TV)

Tough Enough (MTV show)

Judging Amy

BrilliantButCancelled.com

Wolf Lake (TV show)

Linda Holmes, NPR's pop culture reporter

Richard Glatzer (director, Still Alice)

Morgan Spurlock

Sleepover (movie)

Brooks Barnes (formerly WSJ, New York Times)

The Royals (TV show)

Fug Girls articles on The Toast

Direct download: Heather_Cocks_and_Jessica_Morgan_the_Fug_Girls_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:59pm PDT

Get red lipstick and fill up a goblet to enjoy this chat, wherein Leigh Bardugo, New York Times best-selling author of The Grisha series and the newest book in that world, SIX OF CROWS, talks about being a childhood outsider, making rules for magic, and profesh makeup tips.

Leigh Bardugo Show Notes

Inside Out (film)

DUNE by Frank Herbert

Jacqueline Kerry, author of KUSHIEL'S DART

 

Ava Dellaira

Aziz Ansari and Eric Klineberg, MODERN ROMANCE

 

NK Jemisin

Writing with Color

 

Direct download: Leigh_Bardugo.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:55am PDT

For the first First Draft Live event on October 30, Marie Lu (NYT best-selling author of the LEGEND trilogy, THE YOUNG ELITES and its sequel, THE ROSE SOCIETY), Margaret Stohl (NYT best-selling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, author of ICONS, IDOLS, and of Marvel's Black Widow's YA adaptation, FOREVER RED), Anna Carey (author of the EVE trilogy, and YA thriller BLACKBIRD and its sequel DEADFALL), and Kali Wallace (debut author of SHALLOW GRAVES, due out in January 2016!) got together at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena to talk about scary stories and why we love them.

Also! Listen to full First Draft interviews with Marie Lu; Margaret Stohl; and Anna Carey.

I want to thank three local authors and members of the First Draft Live team for making this possible: Elissa Sussman (author of STRAY and its forthcoming sequel, BURN); Maurene Goo (author of SINCE YOU ASKED and a forthcoming K-Drama rom-com due in 2017); and Kirsten Hubbard (author of middle grade series WATCH THE SKY and its forthcoming sequel RACE THE NIGHT, and YA books WANDERLOVE and LIKE MANDARIN).

Direct download: First_Draft_Live.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08pm PDT

Join me and Samantha Mabry, debut author of A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON*, in Dallas discussing JFK assassination conspiracy theories, grandmothers warnings about witches, and being close but not too close to dangerous things.

*Note: In the show, Sam refers to A FIERCE AND SUBTLE poison by its earlier title, LEAVES.

Samantha Mabry Show Notes

LIBRA by Don Delillo

Annie Dillard

Jo Ann Beard

Susan Orlean

HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabelle Alende

Louise Erdrich

Salman Rushdie

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dennis Covington, SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN

Most Haunted (TV show)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHTER

Esmerelda Santiago CONQUISTADORA

William Carlos Williams, The Fountain of Eternal Youth (essay)

Donald Judd (NY based artist who built Marfa)

Cormanc McCarthy

Direct download: Samantha_Mabry.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:22pm PDT