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Jasmine Guillory, debut author of The Wedding Date (out Jan. 30!), on being an extroverted writer, using the notes app to take the pressure off starting a new book, the importance of stillness, and how romance novels can instruct us about affirmative consent.


Jasmine Guillory Show Notes

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

The Toast

The “Shoe” books, starting with Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Amy Spalding (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Jennifer Laughran, agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency

NaNoWriMo’s Camp NaNoWriMo

Holly Root (literary agent)

Bridesmaids (movie)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Ripped Bodice romance bookstore

The Ripped Bodice's diversity survey in EW and in The New York Times

Kate Hart’s breakdown of YA covers in 2011 (click around her archives for many other posts Kate put together on YA covers and deals)

Jasmine’s NaNoWriMo pep talk

Roxane Gay

Mallory Ortberg

The Proposal, Jasmine's next book

The 2018 First Draft calendar

Kirsten Hubbard

Direct download: Jasmine_Guillory_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:43am PDT

Sarah Tarkoff, debut author of SINLESS (out now!), talks about writing for TV and movies, made-up religions, the Dunning Kruger graph, and being inspired to start writing a novel by a nine-year-old.

Sarah Tarkoff Show Notes

2018 First Draft calendar - order yours now!

Kirsten Hubbard

Arrow (TV show)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (movie)

Jane the Virgin (TV show)

Eastwick (TV show)

Maggie Friedman (show runner of Eastiwck)

Wendy Mericle (EP on Arrow)

Mistresses (TV show)

Josh Reims (Mistresses)

Gossip Girl (TV show)

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Chris Evans on Twitter

Jenny Slate

Willem Dafoe

Dunning-Kruger effect

The announcement that SINLESS has been optioned for TV!

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones (movie))

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Feb. 4 book launch of John August’s ARLO FINCH IN THE VALLEY OF FIRE

The Feb. 6 book panel with Dhonielle Clayton, Marie Lu, Aaron Hartzler, Gretchen McNeill, Brandy Colbert, and Britta Lundin

Direct download: Sarah_Tarkoff_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:25am PDT

A very special episode where I give podcasting tips and answer some questions, Kayla Olson and Courtney Summers join to give book recommendations, and authors Michelle Schusterman, Alison Cherry, and Lindsay Ribar discuss co-writing, selling, and editing their YA novel, The Pros of Cons.


Special Episode (feat. Kayla Olson, Courtney Summers, Michelle Schusterman, Alison Cherry, and Lindsay Ribar)

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Maurene Goo

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson (listen to her First Draft interview here)

This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Malagash by Joey Comeau

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Robert Cormier

The Pros of Cons by Michelle Schusterman (hear her First Draft interview here), Lindsay RibarAlison Cherry (hear her First Draft interview here)


Matt Ringler (editor at Scholastic)

Amanda Maciel (editor at Scholastic, author of Tease and Lucky Girl)

The starred Publisher’s Weekly review for Pros of Cons

Best. Night. Ever. by Alison Cherry, Jen Malone, Rachel Alpine, Ronni Arno, Stephanie Faris, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito.

Secrets of Topsea: A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean by Michelle Schusterman (as M. Shelley Coates) and Kirsten Hubbard (as Kir Fox)

Spell and Spindle by Michelle Schusterman

Ella Unleashed by Alison Cherry

Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and author of Rebel Genius and its sequel, Warrior Genius, on being obsessed with 50s art, how Avatar was pitched perfectly wrong, writing art as magic, and starting to write by hand.


Michael Dante DiMartino Show Notes

The 2018 First Draft calendar

Kirsten Hubbard

William S. Burroughs

Beat poetry

Garfield (comic)

Bloom County (comic)

Abstract expressionism

Jackson Pollock

Mark Rothko

Willem de Kooning

Brian Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender

King of the Hill (TV show)

Beavis and Butthead (TV show)

Atomic Love

Family Guy (TV show)

Mission Hill (TV show)

Invader Zim (TV show)

Spongebob Squarepants (TV show)

Hayao Miyazaki

The Hero with 10,000 Faces by Joseph Campbell

Bill Moyer's video series, discussing The Hero’s Journey with Joseph Campbell

G.I. Joe (animated TV show)

Leigh Bardugo (hear her First Draft episodes here and here)

Nickelodeon Animation podcast featuring Michael and Brian

Story by Robert McKee

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

"An Oral History of the Funniest Podcast Ever," Daily Beast article featuring the quote from Scott Aukerman

Bottle Episode (what we called "box episodes")

The Fly episode of Breaking Bad

William James Royce

The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

The Story Grid Podcast

Direct download: Michael_Dante_DiMartino_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:05pm PDT

Ben Acker, co-creator and writer for The Thrilling Adventure Hour, and writer for TV, comic books, and a series of Star Wars middle grade novels, including Star Wars: Join the Resistance. Ben and I talk about giving himself his first job, how a ukulele solo got him a gig writing at Marvel, and shares the definitions of art that he can’t shake.


Ben Acker Show Notes

Robert Lynn Asprin's The Myth series

The Xanth series by Piers Anthony

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Watchmen (movie)

Ben Blacker, co-creator of Thrilling Adventure Hour and co-author of Star Wars: Join the Resistance

Raiders of the Lost Ark (movie)

The Tick (comic)

Kids in the Hall (TV show)

Monty Python and the Flying Circus

Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV show)

Will & Grace (TV show)

Mad About You (TV show)

Roseanne (TV show)

Paul Reiser

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Thomas Guide

The Adventures of Pete & Pete (TV show)

Malcolm in the Middle (TV show)

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (TV show)

Survivor (TV show)

Death to Smoochy (movie)

Crank Yankers (TV show)

Greg the Bunny (TV show)

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

The Thin Man (movie)

Beyond Belief

Nick and Norah Charles

Largo at the Coronet

Comedy Bang Bang

How Did This Get Made

WTF with Marc Maron

Never Not Funny

Doug Loves Movies

John Hodgman

Busy Philipps

Holmes Osborne

Donnie Darko (movie)

Bring it On (movie)

Marc Evan Jackson

Paul F. Tompkins

Paget Brewster

Night of the Hunter (movie)

Hush,” an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Mark Waid 

Chris Samnee

Michael Siglain

Greg Rucka

1984 by George Orwell

Cameron Esposito

Queery, her podcast

The O.C. (TV show)

The North Texas Teen Book Festival

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth by Will Hines

Direct download: Ben_Acker_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:20pm PDT

Stephanie Sabol, Executive Director, Brand Management at Penguin Young Readers, talks about The Penguin Hotline, and writer friends share their most recommended books. 

Stephanie Sabol and Book Recommendation Episode

Stephanie Sabol

The Penguin Hotline

Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Stephanie Sabol

The Who Was? series

Where is the Solar System?

What Was the Titanic?

Jeff Kinney

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

The Graceling series by Kristin Cashore

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Warcross by Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Here We Are: Feminism For the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Suspect by Robert Crais

Vanguard (Genesis Fleet book #1) by Jack Campbell

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

World Without End by Ken Follett 

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Grant by Ron Chernow

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Hallelujah Anyway by Annie Lamott

Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul by Jeremiah Moss

Vanishing New York, the blog by Jeremiah Moss

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras

Los Angeles, Portrait of a City

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York Magazine by The Editors of New York Magazine

The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (listen to her First Draft interview here

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marcheta

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin (listen to her First Draft interview here

Sun in Days by Meghan O'Rourke

The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Insecure (TV show)

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Die for Me by Amy Plum (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps by Laurie Ann Stephens

A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Ship It by Britta Lundin

Ten by Gretchen McNeil (listen to her First Draft interview here)

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil 

#MURDERTRENDING by Gretchen McNeil

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Direct download: Stephanie_Sabol_Book_Rec_Ep_FINALEDIT_1.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:46am PDT

Will Kostakis, who makes his U.S. debut with The Sidekicks and has two books, The First Third and Loathing Lola, published in his native Australia, talks about approaching every book like it could be his last, spite writing, being the writer he is today because of a personal tragedy, and the difference between the Australian and U.S. YA markets.

Will Kostakis Show Notes


Will’s blog post about coming out

Will’s blog post about being disinvited from a school because he came out

"After He Came Out, A Catholic School Told This Author His New Book Was 'Inappropriate,'" the Buzzfeed article about Will coming out

Amie Kaufman (listen to her First Draft interview here) and Jay Kristoff, authors of The Illuminae Files series

Garth Nix

Melina Marchetta

Direct download: Will_Kostakis_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:52am PDT

Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and her newest, Here We Are Now, on reading teaching empathy and complexly imagining others’ internal worlds, family mythologies as social currency, the glorification of happiness, and the trouble with idolizing your friends.


Jasmine Warga Show Notes

Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler (listen to his First Draft interview here)

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Elin Hilderbrand

The Jungle Book (movie)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

"Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter," in Scientific American, featuring a study showing that people who read Harry Potter have more empathy

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Virginia Woolf

Jonathan Safran Foer

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Spoon theory

I Am Not Your Guru (documentary)

Frances Bean Cobain

Almost Famous (movie)

Emery Lord

Direct download: Jasmine_Warga_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:58am PDT

Maggie Stiefvater—author of The Raven Boys cycle, The Scorpio Races, the Shiver series, and her newest, All the Crooked Saints—talks growing up in a Celtic Von Trapp family band, not being a cozy child, wanting to be the author in the airport, and writing a book to a playlist.


Maggie Stiefvater Show Notes

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

Yeats and Lady Gregory

Flux (publishing house)

Isabel Allende

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Direct download: Maggie_Stiefvater_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:33pm PDT

Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe and her newest, Little and Lion, on exploring non-traditional families, her nocturnal writing schedule, and having a productive hibernation.


Brandy Colbert 2.0 Show Notes

Listen to Brandy’s first First Draft interview here

Dahlia Adler

"The Pain of the Watermelon Joke," by Jacqueline Woodson

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Kuehn (listen to her First Draft interview here)


Kelly Jensen

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Jason Reynolds

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

Nicola Yoon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Madcap Retreats

NCTE conference (the National Council of Teachers of English)

Zadie Smith

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft podcasts here and here, or read the transcript here)

The Fug Girls, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (listen to their First Draft podcast here)

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender (assistant editor at LittleBrown Books for Young Readers)

Nikki Garcia Assistant Editor at LittleBrown Books for Young Readers

Alvina Ling,Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

What About Intersectionality and Female Friendships in YA?,” Brandy’s post on Stacked

Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)


Direct download: Brandy_Colbert_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:19am PDT