First Draft with Sarah Enni

Ava Dellaira--whose most recent novel, In Search of Us, is out now!--talks about adapting her first novel into a screenplay, the mixed blessing of selling on proposal, and how she never could have written this book after becoming a mother.


Ava Dellaira 2.0 Show Notes

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (movie)

The Fault in Our Stars (movie)

Twilight (movie)

The Maze Runner (movie)

Paper Towns (movie)

This Is Us (TV show)

Direct download: Ava_Dellaira_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:46am PDT

Amy Spalding--whose most recent novel, THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES), is out today!--talks about the experience of changing publishers, how book promo is becoming more like movie promo, finding a story by combining ideas, and having more queer rom-coms.


Amy Spalding 2.0 Show Notes

Amy’s first episode on First Draft

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Scriptnotes with John August and Craig Mazin

Love, Simon (movie)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Kissing Jessica Stein (movie)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali

Sky Pony (publisher)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home (musical)

The Last Five Years (musical)

The Last Five Years (movie)

Direct download: Amy_Spalding_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:05am PDT

Alex R. Kahlerauthor of RUNEBINDER and its sequel, RUNEBREAKER (out in November) the CIRQUE DES IMMORTALES series, THE PALE QUEEN series, the RAVENBORN series, and forthcoming middle grade book, THE COLLECTOR. Alex talks about the burden of taking your work with you, reimagining previous work, the freelance lifestyle, and getting off social media.


Alex R. Kahler 2.0 Show Notes

Alex’s first First Draft episode

Alex’s B&N Teen blog post

Westworld (tv series)

Zan Romanoff’s tinyletter

Direct download: Alex_Kahler_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:31am PDT

Farrah Penn, debut author of Twelve Steps to Normal, on not loving learning how to read, almost giving up on her book after her father passed, and the injustice of having a trailer full of your things stolen in Arizona.


Farrah Penn Show Notes

Hooked on Phonics

American Girl books

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (TV movie)

Wendy Tolliver

Agent Query

Query Tracker

The Hunger Games

Suzie Townsend (literary agent)

Fine Print Literary

Stephanie Perkins

Sarah Dessen

Fall Out Boy

Panic! At the Disco

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Corrie Shatto

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X R Pan

Farrah’s articles on Buzzfeed

"I'm Still Learning How to Talk About My Father's Alcholism," Farrah’s article on growing up with a parent suffering from alcoholism

Direct download: Farah_Penn_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:45pm PDT

Tomi Adeyemi, debut author of Children of Blood and Bone, on thinking she hated reading and writing, spite creativity, and how fantasy helped protect her from the raw pain in her book.

Tomi Adeyemi Show Notes

The Hunger Games (movie)

 Tomi’s blog post, "Why I Write: Telling a Story That Matters."

Black Panther

Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV show)

Ryan Coogler (director)

Launch (podcast)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Sign up for Tomi’s newsletter

Direct download: 3.13_Tomi_Adeyemi_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am PDT

Lianne Oelke, debut author of NICE TRY, JANE SINNER (out now!) talks about rewriting her diary, the life-changing impact of good beta readers, and writing YA in Canada.

Lianne Oelke Show Notes

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

American Panda by Gloria Chao

The Big F by Maggie M. Martin

Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly DuVoss

Becky Albertalli

Brooks Sherman

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

Direct download: ReplacementForLianne.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:02am PDT

Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles (out now!) talks about her teacup obsession, the hell that is Act II Part II, and revision versus Revision.


Dhonielle Clayton 2.0 Show Notes

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Dhonielle's first First Draft interview here

Elissa Sussman (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Delia*s cataloge

Prognosis: Love & Death by Sona Charaipotra (hear her First Draft interview here)

Kieran Scott, editor at Disney

Emily Meehan, publisher at Disney

Cynthia Leitich-Smith (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Trouble with Shooting Stars by Megan Cannistra

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Sister Wives

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (TV show)

The Fosters (TV show)

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (TV show)

Famous in Love (TV show)

Direct download: Dhonielle_Clayton_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:47pm PDT

Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer, screenwriters with their debut young adult novel, LAYOVER, out now!, on being housecats, blurring the line between best friends and collaborators, their annual “corporate retreat” road trip, and complementing each other emotionally through the editing process.


Amy Anderson and Emily Meyer Show Notes

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert

Louisa May Alcott

Edith Wharton

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Alison Raskin (listen to their First Draft interview here)

Gossip Girl (TV show)

John M. Chu (director)

the Step Up movies

The Great Gatsby (the Baz Lurhman film)

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (movie)

Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist by David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn (sp)

John Green

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

John Hughes

Book Soup in Los Angeles

Direct download: Amy_Andelson_and_Emily_Meyer_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:53am PDT

Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, co-authors of the New York Times bestselling sci-fi novel ZENITH, talk about battling dyslexia/ADD and chronic fatigue, why Lindsay dedicates every book she writes to her father, thinking that writers were cyborgs and/or holograms, deciding to co-write over text, and leaving the subject of their book up to a Twitter poll (but then ignoring it).


Sasha Alsburg and Lindsay Cummings

SHIP IT by Britta Lundin

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

City of Bones (movie)

Lily Collins

Firefly (TV show)

Sasha’s book tube channel, ABookUtopia

Lindsay’s book tube channel

Guardians of the Galaxy (movie)

Peter Knapp at Park Literary

Jo Volpe at New Leaf literary

The Wayside Inn

Mean Girls (movie)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Veronica Roth (listen to her First Draft interview here and here)

Direct download: Sasha_Alsburg_and_Lindsay_Cummings_3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:21pm PDT

John August—screenwriter known for Go, Big Fish, and more, and host of the Scriptnotes podcast—on his debut middle grade adventure novel, ARLO FINCH IN THE VALLEY OF FIRE (out Feb. 6!). John talks about the tricks authors have that screenwriters don’t, what made him think of recording his entire process of writing, selling, and debuting ARLO, the shadow of Harry Potter over all MG, and podcasting as an American art form.


John August Show Notes

Go (movie)

Big Fish (movie)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (movie)

Aladdin (movie)

Scriptnotes (podcast)

Launch (podcast)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Three Investigators (book)

Premiere Magazine

Nora Ephron

Steven Soderbergh

Sex Lies and Videotape (movie)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Charlie’s Angels (movie)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Craig Mazin (screenwriter)

Serial (podcast)

John Gruber’s podcast, The Talk Show

John’s blog post about writing Arlo Finch

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Call Me By Your Name (movie)

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (book)

Story of a T-Shirt” by Planet Money

Startup (podcast)

Robert Ludlum

Ira Glass

Freedom app


Direct download: John_August.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:40pm PDT