First Draft with Sarah Enni

First Draft Episode #188: Ally Condie

Ally Condie, New York Times bestselling author of the Matched series, as well as Summerlost and The Darkdeep, co-written with Brendan Reichs. In this conversation, Ally talks about what inspired her to get an MFA after establishing herself as a bestselling author, always working on two things at once, and how the 2016 election gave Ally enough rage to write her newest young adult novel, murderous revenge story The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe.

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender; John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; or Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for The Old 97s. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:23am PDT

First Draft Episode #187: Will Hines

Will Hines, improviser and actor, host of the podcast, “Screw It: We’re Just Going to Talk About the Beatles,” and author of How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth joins me to talk about using his Tumblr to test audience engagement; the delicate nature of writing about a community you are a part of; his thorough approach to making the self-publication process as professional as possible; and his next (fictional) book about improv, co-written with fellow improviser Billy Merritt, Pirate Robot Ninja.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:14am PDT

First Draft Episode #184: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

 

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the TV and screenwriting duo behind Smallville and Into the Badlands, join Sarah to talk about their debut thriller, Double Exposure. The guys talk about how, even after writing and/or producing more than 300 hours of television and movies, they are still engaged in learning and improving their craft; getting on the superhero train WAY before the MCU; and delivering a satisfying ending in books.

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  • X-Men, the 2000 movie that helped bring about the superhero resurgence on film and TV
  • Christopher Nolan, the writer and director who rebranded Batman in the well-regarded Dark Knight trilogy of films

 

 

  • Spider-Man II, Al and Miles’ take on Spider-Man, which was a little more serious than the Spider-Man we know today
  • Jenette Kahn, executive, publisher, editor-in-chief of DC Comics when Al and Miles created their spin on the Superman universe with Smallville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender; John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; or Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for The Old 97s. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:58am PDT

First Draft Episode #184: Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller (find him on Twitter and Instagram), musician and writer, is a solo artist as well as lead singer of The Old 97s. His first book for children, No More Poems: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse, illustrated by Dan Santat (listen to his First Draft episode here).

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  • How Rhett’s given name is Stewart Ransom, sorta like Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (listen to his First Draft podcast episode here)
  • His childhood biking to the original location of Half-Price Books, now a national chain.
  • Rhett tore through the Ian Fleming James Bond series as a kid
  • And he got to meet one of his literary heroes, Kurt Vonnegut, in real life, but the interaction didn’t go quite as planned
  • As a kid, Rhett’s mother would read aloud to them Helter Skelter, the account of the Charles Manson and Manson Family murders written by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  • I discuss how Jon Klassen was on First Draft and discussed becoming a more empathetic, feeling person and artist as he grew older
  • Stephen King books that had an impact on Rhett include On Writing, 11/22/63, and his book with his son, Owen King, Sleeping Beauties

 

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green being one of the books Rhett has read with his kids as a way to talk about difficult subjects, head-on

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:03am PDT

First Draft Episode #184: Bridget Tyler

 

Bridget Tyler (find her on Twitter and Instagram, too!), debut author of The Pioneer, comes to First Draft with Sarah Enni to talk about adventure and sci-fi, getting outside of her own bubble for storytelling perspective, avoiding the Leia-Han love story trope... and in a First Draft exclusive,  Bridget reveals the name of the sequel to The Pioneer!

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  • The title of the sequel to The Pioneer!

 

 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender, or John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:16am PDT

First Draft Episode #183: Author and Illustrator Jon Klassen

 

Jon Klassen, Caldecott Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the “I Want My Hat Back” series, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and many more. Find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

Circle, the third and final book in Barnett and Klassen’s “Triangle, Circle, and Square” series, is available now where books are sold!

In the course of our conversation, Jon and I discuss how his early experience as a set designer changed how he thought about picture book audiences, why he felt that painting objects or animals had as much emotional impact as human characters, and how the personal arc of his best-known series, I Want My Hat Back, went from ironic detachment to artistic earnestness.

 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender, or John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:01am PDT

Lilliam Rivera, author of THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, is back with DEALING IN DREAMS, out now!  She talks about writing a Latinx future, entering a room with hope, and getting to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

 

Lilliam Rivera 2.0 Show Notes

Lilliam’s first interview on First Draft here

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE

Amerie

Zareen Jaffrey, executive editor at Simon & Schuster

Anderson Cooper

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange (movie)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Warriors (movie)

Mad Max Fury Road (movie)

Ray Bradbury

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Pablo Cartaya, author of MARCUS VEGA DOESN’T SPEAK SPANISH

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

Meg Medina

Matt de la Pena

Direct download: Lilliam_Rivera_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:27am PDT

Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, including the most recent A CRYSTAL OF TIME (out today!) talks about the insidiousness of triumphant good, how tutoring taught him discipline, and the epic battle of Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova.

 

Soman Chainani Show Notes

The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath & the Dawn series and Flame in the Mist (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Cinderella Ate me Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

Soman’s appearance on the Tim Ferriss podcast

Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams

Tiger Woods

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars (movie)

Becky Albertalli, author of SIMON VERSUS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Love, Simon (movie)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (movie)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (movie)

Direct download: Soman_Chainani_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:53am PDT

Sarah Enni, debut author of TELL ME EVERYTHING and usually the host of the First Draft podcast, answers questions from past First Draft interviewees about craft and ego, staying on schedule, Bob Costas’ pink-eye story, the evolution of her interview style, Hammer the cat’s origin story.

 

Sarah Enni bonus episode show notes

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Nic Stone, author of DEAR MARTIN and ODD ONE OUT (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Kristen Kittscher, author of WIG IN THE WINDOW and TIARA ON THE TERRACE (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Bullet journal

Allie Brosh’s comics about procrastination

Shane Pangburn (listen to his First Draft podcast here)

Kate Hart, author of AFTER THE FALL (listen to Kate Hart’s First Draft interview here)

Bob Costas

Tochi Onyebuchi, BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT and CROWN OF THUNDER (listen to his First Draft podcast here)

The Deftones, lead singer Chino Moreno

The Darkness, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

Victoria Aveyard, author of the RED QUEEN series (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Margaret Stohl, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and CATS VS. ROBOTS (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Jasmine Warga, author of HERE WE ARE NOW and (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Libba Bray, author of THE DIVINERS (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Pod Save America (podcast)

Danielle Paige, DOROTHY MUST DIE and STEALING SNOW (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Arrested Development

Stephanie Kuehn, author of CHARM & STRANGE (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

“Welcome to New York,” by Taylor Swift

Peter Stone, author of THE PERFECT CANDIDATE (listen to his First Draft episode here)

Kumail Nanjiani (actor, Silicon Valley)

Sabaa Tahir, author of the EMBER IN THE ASHES series (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Sam Maggs, author of GIRL SQUADS and more (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Alison Cherry, author of RED and PROS OF CONS and more (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Pod Save America (podcast)

NPR Politics podcast (podcast)

The Daily (podcast)

Keep It (podcast)

Serial (podcast)

S-Town (podcast)

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Beth Revis, author of the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series and the GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE series (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

The Bigfoot Discovery Museum

Kitchen’s Temple

Jeff Goldblum

Leigh Bardugo, author of the SHADOW AND BONE and SIX OF CROWS series, and her upcoming book, NINTH HOUSE (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Kaitlin Ward, author of WHERE SHE FELL (listen to her First Draft podcast interview here)

Brandy Colbert, author of LITTLE AND LION and THE REVOLUTION OF BIRDIE RANDOLPH (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Aminah Mae Safi, author of the upcoming TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Kayla Cagan, author of PIPER PERISH and ART BOSS (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Susan Dennard, author of the WITCHLANDS series (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Ameriie, editor of the BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME anthology and she recently released two albums, 4 AM MULHOLLAND and AFTER 4 AM


Sara Farizan, author of HERE TO STAY (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: QA_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:47am PDT

Sarah Enni, debut author of TELL ME EVERYTHING and usually the host of the First Draft podcast, answers questions from fellow YA writer Maurene Goo! Sarah shares her lengthy path to publishing, the role of humor and tone in contemporary fiction, her outlining process, and the one cross-country flight that changed everything.

 

Sarah Enni Show Notes

Maurene Goo, author of the upcoming SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW and THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL, I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE, and SINCE YOU ASKED

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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

Xenon: Girl of the 21st Century (movie)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

YALLWEST

Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Seattle Metropolitan

Washington Business Journal

American Lion by Jon Meacham

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Sara Zarr (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Ameriie

Interstellar (movie)

Tahereh Mafi (listen to her FIrst Draft interview here)

Kate Hart (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Kaitlin Ward (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Stephanie Kuehn (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Kirsten Hubbard (listen to her First Draft interview here)

YA Highway

Sarah Burnes (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Amanda Maciel (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Lorde

Local Natives

DJDS “Trees on Fire”

Jeff Goldblum

Veronica Roth (listen to her First Draft podcasts here and here)
Never Been Kissed (movie)

Direct download: Sarah_Enni_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:47pm PDT

Amanda Maciel Show Notes

TELL ME EVERYTHING by Sarah Enni

TEASE by Amanda Maciel

LUCKY GIRL by Amanda Maciel

Post Secret (social media site)

Michelle Schusterman

David Levithan

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Nina Goffi

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Direct download: Amanda_Maciel_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:01am PDT

Sarah Burnes, literary agent with The Gernert Company. She has been my agent since 2013. I loved what Sarah had to say about her approach to the slush pile, the myth of work-life balance, and her “no assholes” rule.

 

Sarah Burnes Show Notes

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Alloy book packaging company

Zan Romanoff (Listen to her First Draft episode here)

Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Pseudonymous Bosch

Jon Gertner

Witches of America by Alex Marr

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by  Ruth Franklin

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Vicki Lame, editor at St. Martin’s

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

What If This Were Enough by Heather Havrilesky

Amanda Maciel, editor at Scholastic

Direct download: Sarah_Burnes_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:24am PDT

Susan Dennard is the New York Times bestselling author of the SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY series and THE WITCHLANDS series. Her newest novel in that series, BLOODWITCH, is out February 12.

 

Susan Dennard Show Notes

Susan’s wikipedia page

Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (hear her First Draft interviews here and here)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Paul Scheer (host of How Did This Get Made)

Joanna Volpe, literary agent at New Leaf Literary

Harper Collins

Tor

Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Anne McCaffrey

Misfits & Daydreamers (Susan’s newsletter) and her writing about writing and life

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Alexandra Bracken

The Silicon Valley Suicides,” by Hanna Rosin

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Assassin’s Creed

Holes by Louis Sachar

The FRIENDS episode where Joey and Phoebe try to find a truly selfless act

National Novel Writing Month

Direct download: Susan_Dennard_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:27am PDT

Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times bestselling HIS FAIR ASSASSINS series, talks about the memories that live on in our bodies, the downside to critique groups, and how writing her breakout series retriggered old trauma--sidelining her ability to write for more than a year. She worked her way, physically and emotionally, back to write the latest in the series, COURTING DARKNESS, out February 5, 2019.

 

Robin LaFevers Show Notes

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Writer Unboxed

SCBWI

RWA (Romance Writers of America)

Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Jesus Camp (documentary)

Donald Maass (agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel)


Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Direct download: Robin_LaFever_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:56am PDT

Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author of PIECING ME TOGETHER a Newberry Honor book and winner of the Coretta Scott King award, THIS SIDE OF HOME, and many others, and co-author of WATCH US RISE, out February 12. Renée is also founder and executive director of the I, Too Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization housed in the home of legendary poet Langston Hughes, committed to nurturing voices from underrepresented communities in the creative arts.

 

Renée Watson Show Notes

Renée Watson’s first First Draft interview

I, Too Arts Collective

Dreamyard

Community Word Project

A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson

Langston Hughes

Kate Messner (author)

Kendolyn Walker, program director at I, Too

Jennifer Baker, social media director at I, Too and co-host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast

Ellice Lee, graphic designer for I, Too and Associate Art Director of Philomel, Penguin Random House

Tracey Baptiste

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors

Ellen Hagan, poet and co-author of WATCH US RISE
Black Enough, an anthology edited by Ibi Zoboi

Direct download: Renee_Watson_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:12am PDT

Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, CROWN OF WISHES, and the ARU SHAH series talks about the first book in her latest young adult series, THE GILDED WOLVES, out January 15. She talks about connecting to her history through fairy tales, how being voted most likely to succeed caused a lot of angst, and the pressure of picking an AIM away message.

 

Roshani Chokshi Show Notes

Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Jhumpa Lahiri

AFI (band)

Thursday (band)

Deftones (band)

Harry Potter

Sailor Moon (cartoon)

Christiane Amanpour (TV broadcast journalism)

His Girl Friday

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (book)

The Young Elites by Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Rick Riordan

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Stormrunner by J. C. Cervantes

Stephanie Lurie, Editorial Director, Rick Riordan Presents (Disney-Hyperion)

Claire Legrand (listen to her First Draft interview here)

National Treasure (movie)

Lara Croft (video game character)

“Venus in Furs” a song by The Velvet Underground

Holly Black (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Radiance by Catherynne Valente

Deathless by Catherynne Valente

Tomb Raider (movie)

The Librarian (movie)

The Mummy (movie)

Dan Brown

Direct download: Roshani_Chokshi_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:03am PDT

Tracey Neithercott, author of Gray Wolf Island, talks about being inspired by unsolved mysteries and real life treasure hunters, how writing shapes our identities, and how she wrote her debut book while dealing with a life-altering chronic pain diagnosis.

 

Tracey Neithercott Show Notes

The Bodyguard (movie)

Whitney Houston

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Dawson’s Creek (TV show)

Kiersten White (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Absolute Write

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sarah LaPolla, literary agent

Stand By Me (movie)

Oak Island

Astonishing Legends podcast about Oak Island

Forrest Fenn (antiquities dealer who buried a treasure)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Scrivener
Tahereh Mafi (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Tracey_Neithercott_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:57am PDT

Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and its forthcoming sequel, as well as Tales from the Hinterlands, talks about stuffing her debut book with secret book recommendations, the borderlessness of being a young reader, and loving angry girls in fiction.

 

Melissa Albert Show Notes

Vera Nabokov

The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

Lolita

Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner

Wise Child by Monica Furlong

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Hook (movie)

Charles de Lint

Helen Oyeyemi

Philip Pullman’s Grimm Brothers translation

Roshani Chokshi’s forthcoming trio of novellas

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Kelly Link

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Flannery O’Connor

Time Out Chicago

A Spark of Light (Barnes & Noble exclusive edition)

Barnes & Noble YA Blog

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Francesca Lia Block (listen to her First Draft interview here)

His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler

Working Partners (work for hire book company in England)

George Saunders essay about what writers really do when they write

Sadie by Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Twilight Zone (TV show)

Radiance by Catherynne Valente

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

Romeo + Juliet (movie)

Love Lists, a blog post by Stephanie Perkins

Emma Chastain, writer

The North Texas Teen Book Festival

Welcome to Night Vale (podcast)

The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

Ira Glass
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Direct download: Melissa_Albert_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:53am PDT

Sarah Dessen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of ONCE AND FOR ALL, JUST LISTEN, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER and many more. Her newest novel, THE REST OF THE STORY, will come out in June 2019.

 

Sarah Dessen Show Notes

Jackie Collins

Stephen King

Mary Higgins Clark

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here, here, and here)

Alexander London (listen to his First Draft interviews here and here)

Melissa Walker

Doris Betts (writing teacher at UNC)

John Green

Jodi Picoult

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Lee Smith (author)

Save the Date by Morgan Matson (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Sarah Dessen’s 2013 blog post about pulling a book

The Hilarious World of Depression podcast episode featuring NPR’s Linda Holmes

Shakespeare in Love (movie)

J.K Rowling

The Bustle article about Sarah Dessen’s tweet convo with JK Rowling

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Harlan Cohen

Direct download: Sarah_Dessen_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:16am PDT

Elana K. Arnold, author of YA books Damsel, What Girls Are Made Of, Infandous, and Middle Grade series A Boy Called Bat, and many more, talks about working until the book feels worthy, reusing structure, and uncovering a deep well of rage in her writing.

 

Elana K. Arnold Show Notes 2.0

Elana’s first First Draft interview

His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman

Martha Brockenbrough, author of Unpresidented
An Ordinary Day by Elana K. Arnold (picture book coming out next year)

Direct download: Elana_K_Arnold_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:38am PDT

Nina LaCour, author of We Are Okay, winner of the 2018 Printz Award, and other contemporary YA titles like Everything Leads to You and Hold Still, joins me to talk about how she’s expanding her teaching role with The Slow Novel Lab, and an exciting new podcast venture called Keeping a Notebook.

 

Nina LaCour Show Notes

Nina LaCour’s first First Draft interview

Lorde’s album Pure Heroine

We Are Okay

Nina’s interview on Yin Chang’s podcast, 88 Cups of Tea

Alfred Hitchcock

The Castle of Otranto, a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole

Virginia Woolf

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

Frida Kahlo (Artist)

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Keeping a Notebook (and the episode featuring Sarah Enni)

The Slow Novel Lab

“On Keeping a Notebook” by Joan Didion

Sara Zarr’s podcast This Creative Life

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Save the Cat

SquareSpace

MailChimp

Nina’s short story in the Foreshadow YA online YA anthology collection

Writing the Breakout Novel: Worksheets by Donald Maass

Hamline low residency MFA program

Direct download: Nina_LaCour_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

Peter Stone, debut author of THE PERFECT CANDIDATE, talks about his time in Washington (before the onset of the 24-hour news cycle), how interns run the world, and how writing a speech for his wife led him to finally try a novel.

 

Peter Stone Show Notes

The Firm by John Grisham

YALLWEST

YALLFest

Watergate (for more, listen to Slow Burn Season 1)

Monica Lewinsky (for more, listen to Slow Burn Season 2)

Chandra Levy

The My Favorite Murder podcast episode about Chandra Levy’s death

The NPR Politics podcast

The Wilderness (by Crooked Media)

JonBenet Ramsey

Laci Peterson

Newt Gingrich

Old Ebbitt Grill (bar in Washington, D.C.)

The Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

The Robert Mueller Investigation

George Papadopoulos

Edward Snowden

Whitewater (for more, listen to Slow Burn Season 2)

Vince Foster (for more, listen to Slow Burn Season 2)

House of Cards (TV show)

Scandal (TV show)

The Pelican Brief (movie)

The Hunt for Red October (movie)

Ben’s Chili Bowl (restaurant in D.C.)

Tortilla Coast (restaurant in D.C.)

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Neil Gaiman’s quote about writing while inspired

Direct download: Peter_Stone_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:18am PDT

Holly Black, Newberry Honoree and New York Times bestselling author of many things, including many series such as the SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, THE CURSE WORKER, MAGISTERIUM, and her most recent series, FOLK OF THE AIR. The latest book in that series, THE WICKED KING, comes out January 8—the tour dates to support that book were just released on Hypable today!

Holly Black Show Notes

 

Tony DiTerlizzi, her artist for Spiderwick Chronicles

Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee

OwlCrate

FairyLoot

Third Eye Blind

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

Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice

Kevin Lewis (editor, Simon & Schuster)

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Tamora Pierce

Cassandra Clare

Kiersten White (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Dhonielle Clayton (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Office Smart

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Kelly Link

Dante’s Inferno

Volcano

Direct download: Holly_Black_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:50am PDT

Robin Talley—author of LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND, AS I DESCENDED, OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE—talks about her newest novel, PULP. Robin shares insight about transitioning into being a full-time writer and stay-at-home mom, writing a Judy Blume book for queer girls, and writing books with her younger self in mind.

 

Robin Talley Show Notes

Robin’s previous First Draft episode

Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Dahlia Adler

Pacemaker

Scrivener

Forever by Judy Blume

Love, Simon (movie)

Ann Bannon (famous lesbian pulp author)

Spring Fire by Marijane Meeker

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Carol (movie)

The Lavender Scare

Lambda Literary Foundation

All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell

A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Robin’s short stories

Direct download: Robin_Talley_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:31am PDT

Andy Weir, New York Times best-selling author of THE MARTIAN and his new stand-alone Sci-Fi novel, ARTEMIS. This interview is a live recording of the in-conversation I had with Andy for New York Comic Con. I loved hearing Andy talk about moon economies, managing anxiety, and how science makes his books living documents.

 

Andy Weir Show Notes

The Martian (movie)

Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh on SNL

Neil Degrasse Tyson

Andy’s Business Insider article on the economy of a moon colony

Direct download: Andy_Weir_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:48am PDT

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)

The Ripped Bodice Kickstarter

Preeti Chhibber (of Scholastic)

Word bookstore’s Romance Book Club

Greenlight (bookstore in Brooklyn)

Ashley C. Ford (author and editor running the Green Light romance book club)

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)


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (listen to Associate Director of Event Programming for LATFoB, Maret Orliss, here)

Direct download: Ripped_Bodice_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:28am PDT

Tiffany D. Jacksonauthor 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

 

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

 

Get Out (movie)


American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Direct download: Tiffany_Jackson_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:04am PDT

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

John Grisham

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

Victoria Aveyard (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Jim di Bartolo, illustrator and Laini’s husband

SCBWI

The National Book Award

Arthur Levine, publisher at Scholastic

In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo

Printz Award

Laini’s Ladies

Sarah Dessen

Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Holly Black

Cassie Clare

Sarah Rees Brennan

Kelly Link

Libba Bray (listen to her First Draft podcasts here and here)

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft podcasts here and here and here)

Gentleman and Phantoms, Laini’s story which appears in the Foretold anthology


The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, Laini’s story which appears in the My True Love Gave to Me anthology

Direct download: LainiTaylor_FINAL_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:38am PDT

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

The Los Angeles TImes Festival of Books (listen to my interview with the festival’s Associate Director of Events Programming, Maret Orliss, here)

Korn

Linkin Park

The Wikipedia entry of Nigerian-Americans

Lie Down In Darkness by William Styron

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo (manga)

The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault

Eugène Delacroix, French Romantic artist

Sabaa Tahir (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

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

Leigh Bardugo (listen to her FIrst Draft podcast interview here)

Black Panther (movie)

Afrofuturism

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

John Cheever

Mad Men (TV show)
Paul Thomas Anderson (filmmaker)

Direct download: Tochi_Onyebuchi_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:36am PDT

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

 

Zohra, the all-female orchestra in Afghanistan

 

1964 Japanese women’s volleyball team


Magical Beatdown by Jen Woodall, illustrator

Direct download: Sam_Maggs_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:03am PDT

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

Brandy Colbert (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Spelman College

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” a friendship theory by Rudine Sims Bishop

Christopher Myers and Chris Jackson, publishers of their own imprints at Random House

Kwame Alexander

Mae Carol Jemison (Astronaut)

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Divergent by Veronica Roth (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

John Green

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD. (president of Spellman University)

Sarah Dessen

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

Walter Dean Myers

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Aminah Mae Safi (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Mindy Kaling

Direct download: Nic_Stone_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:48am PDT

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

Alex London’s first episode of First Draft

The Wild Ones

Junior Library Guild

The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl

Hope Nation edited by Rose Brock

Ursula K. le Guin

H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Mike Dupuy Hawk Food

Mary Fran Rash, Owner of Main Street Books in St. Charles, MO

YALLFEST

Adam Gidwitz

Neal Shusterman

Jason Reynolds
Will Kostakis (listen to his First Draft episode here)

Direct download: Alex_London_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:19am PDT

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

New England Mobile Book Fair

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Sesame Street

The Office (TV show)

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

John Irving

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here and here)

Books, Inc. (bookstore in SF)

Reggie Miller (former NBA player and commentator)

Kevin Harlan (NBA commentator)

The murder of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Matthew Shepard

Stephen Curry (NBA player)

Charles Barkley (NBA player)

Daria Morgendorffer (Daria TV show)

Direct download: SaraFarizan_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:42am PDT

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

Imaginary Girls

Margaret Atwood

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Mary Higgins Clark

Antioch College

Feathered by Laura Kasischke

Francesca Lia Block (listen to her First Draft episode here)

Laura Ruby

Bennett Madison

The MacDowell Colony

Micol Ostow (author)

Kate Angelella (editor at Simon and Schuster)

Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys

Yaddo (artist’s colony)

Poets & Writers magazine

Direct download: NovaRenSuma_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:20am PDT

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!

PLEASE REMAIN CALM, the ebook sequel to THIS IS NOT A TEST

Serial (podcast)

S Town (podcast)

Sara Goodman, Courtney’s editor at Wednesday Books (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Emily Hainsworth (author)

Interstellar (movie)

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here and here)

Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni

Direct download: CourtneySummers_final_mix.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Somaiya Daud, debut author of YA sci-fi book MIRAGE, was the very first author I ever interviewed for First Draft Podcast. We had a lot to catch up on since then, so listen now to hear about Somaiya’s bumpy path to publication, the way race plays into our concepts of the future and, of course, Star Wars!

 

Somaiya Daud Show Notes

 

Somaiya Daud’s first interview with First Draft Podcast

J. R. R. Tolkien

William Gibson

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Emma by Jane Austen

One Thousand and One Nights

Sheherazade

Historiography

Star Wars

Alloy Entertainment

Chelsea Grimmer

The Poetry Vlog

Somaiya Daud on The Poetry Vlog

Provincializing Europe by Dipesh Chakrabarty

Ex Machina (film)

The Jetsons

Joanna Volpe

Direct download: SomaiyaDaud_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Jessica Spotswood, author of the CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES, WILD SWANS, and THE LAST SUMMER OF THE GARRETT GIRLS, as well as editor of A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS, THE RADICAL ELEMENT, and of TOIL & TROUBLE: 15 TALES OF WOMEN AND WITCHCRAFT, which comes out August 28!

 

Jessica Spotswood Show Notes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Michele Volanksy, Dean of Dramaturgy at Washington College

The Laramie Project (play)

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Ira Glass’s quote on creativity

Tiffany Schmidt

Jessica’s Reddit AMA about editing anthologies

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

Beth Revis (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Andrea Creamer

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

Saundra Mitchell

Carrie Ryan

Caroline Tung Richmond (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Lindsay Smith (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Robin Talley (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Y. S. Lee

Kekla Magoon

Leslye Walton

Tess Sharpe

Direct download: JessicaSpotswood_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:53am PDT

Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS, talks about starting to write so he could create happy endings for his own life, being more creative when working at night, wanting to chuck the rulebook, and his nontraditional publishing journey.

 

Julian Winters Show Notes

One Direction

Felicity (TV show)

Scandal (TV show)

Scott Foley

Kirsten Hubbard (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Sara Farizan (author of IF YOU COULD BE MINE and TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL and the forthcoming HERE TO STAY)

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

Robbie Rogers (out soccer player)

Nic Stone (author of DEAR MARTIN and the forthcoming ODD ONE OUT)

INTO THE BLUE by Pene Henson

LUCHADOR by Erin Finnegan

Becky Albertalli, author of SIMON VERSUS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Patrice Caldwell

Simon James Green, author of NOAH CAN’T EVEN

Adam Silvera (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Direct download: JulianWinters_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:15am PDT

Katie Cotugno, author of HOW TO LOVE, FIREWORKS, TOP TEN, and 99 DAYS and its sequel, 9 DAYS AND 9 NIGHTS, talks about the correlation between how she’s feeling and whether she’s writing, her ten-year debut novel, and making sense in the quiet after the loud.

Katie Cotugno Show Notes

The Baby-Sitters Club

Sweet Valley High

The Saddle Club

Roald Dahl

Judy Blume

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here and here!)

Robin Benway (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Hanson

Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Emerson College

Alloy Entertainment

Wesleyan University

Jodi Picoult

Morgan Matson and her book SAVE THE DATE (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES

THREE SIDES OF A HEART: STORIES ABOUT LOVE TRIANGLES edited by Natalie C. Parker

The Office (TV show)

Lisa Schroeder

Direct download: KatieCotugno_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:56am PDT

Emily X. R. Pan, debut author of the New York Times bestselling THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, talks about how she discovered her creative life after going to business school, her many years of writing and re-writing her book, and finding her bravery to put herself on the page.


Emily X. R. Pan Show notes:

Little Brown Books for Young Readers

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

NYU Stern School of Business

Penguin (now Penguin Random House)

Professor Chuck Wachtel at NYU

Buddhism

Taoism

Losing Face” in Chinese culture

Confucianism

Mahayana Buddhism

Coco (movie)

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology

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

Brendan Kiely, author of THE GOSPEL OF WINTER, THE LAST TRUE LOVE STORY, and co-author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS. His newest novel, TRADITION, is an exploration of the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school. Brendan talks about the nature of authorship, the heroic value of humility, and working hard to not have an office.

 

Brendan Kiely Show Notes

Victoria Aveyard (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Jessie Chaffee (Brendan’s wife)

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Rob Weisbach (Brendan’s agent)

Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Chris Lynch (YA author)

John Corey Whaley (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Black Lives Matter

Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

I Have the Right To by Chessy Prout

Paradise Lost by John Milton
Wildfang’s Wild Feminist line (Portland clothing line)

Four Forms of Identity, the concept of Achieved Identity

Direct download: Kiely_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:12am PDT

Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, talks about having a no-boundaries critique partner relationship, unhealthy (but effective) drafting processes, and how Saturn’s return led to her debut novel.

 

Adrienne Young Show Notes

Edward Scissorhands (movie)

Labyrinth (movie)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (movie)

Beetlejuice (movie)

Kristin Dwyer

Mysterious Galaxy

Direct download: Adrienne_Young_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:28am PDT

Caroline Kepnes—author of YOU and its sequel HIDDEN BODIES, soon to be a Lifetime drama series starring Penn Badgley—talks about her most recent novel, PROVIDENCE, talks about her Cape Cod sensibility, writing while literally regaining her voice, and having her writing debut in Sassy magazine.

 

Caroiine Kepnes Show Notes

Go here to vote for PROVIDENCE to be the first-ever pick for the Tonight Show Book Club

And be sure to tune in to LIFETIME on September, 9, 2018 at 10/9 CT for the premiere of YOU!

Hop on Pop

Richard Scarry

Beezus and Ramona

Judy Blume

Sweet Valley High

Sassy magazine

Christina Kelly (editor of Sassy magazine)

“She Talks to Angels” by the Black Crowes (song)

YM Magazine

School Ties (movie)

Chris O’Donnell (actor)

Brown (university)

Parker Posey (actor)

Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Conan O’Brien

N*SYNC

Backstreet Boys

Tiger Beat

New Kids on the Block

Entertainment Weekly

KGB Bar & Lit Journal

7th Heaven (TV show)

Cedar Cove (TV show)
Lucinda Rosenfeld (author)

Direct download: Caroline_Kepnes_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:02pm PDT

Aminah Mae Safi, debut author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, talks about writing hangry characters, trying to make fetch happen in a book, how fantasy stories hold an inherent appeal to children of immigrants, and how artists have to have batshit belief in themselves.

Aminah Mae Safi Show Notes

Lauren Anderson (first black female ballet dancer, in Houston)

Foucault

Reza Aslan

Inigo Montoya

Kirsten Hubbard (her First Draft interview here)

Article about foreign translators talking about interpreting President Trump

Emmanuel Macron

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Brandy Colbert

The Never-Ending Story (movie)

Winter of Fire book by Sherryl Jordan

Bachelorette (movie)

Mean Girls (movie)

The Scarlet Letter

Winona Ryder

The Crucible

Demi Moore

Direct download: Aminah_Mae_Safi_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Maurene Goo, author of SINCE YOU ASKED, I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE and the recently-released THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL, joins me to talk about planning book launches. Then, hear the live audio from when I helped Maurene launch THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL at The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California.

 

Maurene Goo Show Notes

Brandy Colbert

Stephanie Kuehn

CVT Soft Serve (food truck)

The Ripped Bodice (bookstore)

Fierce Reads

Riverdale (TV show)

Vroman’s Bookstore

Edward Cullen

Glow (TV show)

La Brea Tar Pits

Griffith Park Observatory

John Cho

Jem and the Holograms (movie)

The Hindenburg disaster

Scott Campbell (illustrator)

Thor: Ragnarok (movie)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (movie

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (movie)

Taran Matharu (author)

Tricia Levenseller (author)

Mary Pearson (author)

Hathaways series by Lisa Kleypas

Art Boss by Kayla Cagan

The Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni

Morgan Matson

New Girl (TV show)

Rainbow Rowell

Judy Blume

Twitch

Direct download: Maurene_book_launch_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE, and her latest YA, SAVE THE DATE, talks about having the eleventh book be the hardest yet, “flashpoint” stories, the Morganverse, her unusual editing process, and writing a book in movies’ clothing.

 

Morgan Matson 2.0 Show Notes

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

For Better or For Worse (comic strip)

Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Morgan’s first First Draft episode

Katie Finn (Morgan’s alter ego)

Foxtrot (comic strip)

Calvin & Hobbes (comic strip)

Doonsebury (comic strip)

Justin Chanda, Vice President and Publisher at Simon and Schuster

Diya Mishra

Father of the Bride (movie)

Sixteen Candles (movie)

The Family Stone (movie)

Rachel Getting Married (movie)

Frasier (TV show)

Friends (TV show)

Noises Off (movie)

Susan Dennard

Direct download: Morgan_Matson_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

Francesca Lia Block, author of more than 25 books, including seminal YA novel Weetzie Bat, talks about her most recent book, THE THORN NECKLACE, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing. Francesca talks about meshing her life with that of her most favorite character, shares some incredibly useful writing exercises, and talks about *when* to do research.

 

Francesca Lia Block Show Notes

Joni Mitchell

Harry Houdini

Linda Venis, former head of the UCLA extension Writers Program

H.D., “Sea Rose

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Jill Alexander Essbaum

Fairies in the Kitchen: The Weetzie Bat Cookbook by Carmen Staton and Francesca Lia Block

The Midnight Disease by Alice W. Flaherty

Hypergraphia

Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott


Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Direct download: Francesca_Lia_Block_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, soon-to-be-married couple and co-authors of debut, ALWAYS NEVER YOURS (out now!), talk about the joke that brought them together, having co-writing modeled for them by Emily’s parents, and the fact that “whom” will never be in a YA contemporary.

Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley Show Notes

Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, screenwriting couple who wrote films such as National Treasure

Why Won’t You Date Me (podcast) with Nicole Byer

21 Jump Street (movie)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Direct download: Austin_and_Emily_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of LEAH ON THE OFF BEAT, SIMON VERSUS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, and co-author of WHAT IF IT’S US, with Adam Silvera, due out in October. Becky talks about how seeing Simon become a movie made her want to write more cinematically, how good AND bad news can be paralyzing while you are revising on deadline, her number one OTP, and retconning her own series and characters.

 

Becky Albertalli Show Notes

Margot Wood from Epic Reads

Greg Berlanti

Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger who wrote This is Us (TV show) and the script for Love, Simon

Isaac Klausner

Aminah Mae Safi

Adam Silvera (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Brooks Sherman

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

John Green

Direct download: Becky_Albertalli_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:29pm PDT

Victoria Aveyard, whose latest novel, WAR STORM, is the final volume in the New York Times best-selling RED QUEEN series, talks about how Harry Potter led her to value fat books, balancing fan expectations with the demands of story, promo vs. creative mode, and staying hydrated on planes.

 

Victoria Aveyard 2.0 Show Notes

Victoria Aveyard’s first First Draft podcast

Suzie Townsend (literary agent)

New Leaf Literary

Scrivener

Avengers: Infinity War (movie)

Empire podcast about Infinity War

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

The Mark Duplass interview on Pete Holmes’ You Made it Weird Podcast

Direct download: Victoria_Aveyard_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:06am PDT

Britta Lundin, whose debut novel SHIP IT, is out now, talks about being a TV writer (Riverdale), choosing to tell queer stories, and being shaped by her fandoms. 

Direct download: Britta_Lundin_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:41am PDT

Shane Pangburn and Tori Hill, producers of the YALLWEST book festival, on starting operations off a wedding budget, sending S.O.S. emails, and operating in good faith with festival organizers.

Tori Hill and Shane Pangburn, producers of YALLWEST, Show Notes

Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Pseudonymous Bosch

Lewis Peterson, co-author of Cats vs. Robots with Margaret Stohl

YALLFest

Blue Bicycle Books

Santa Monica Public Library

Teen ambassadors

Maret Orliss, Associate Director of Programming at the LA Times (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Writeopia Labs

Direct download: Shane__Tori_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:41am PDT

Kirsten Hubbard, author of YA novels Like Mandarin and Wanderlove, as well as middle grade novels Watch the Sky, Race the Night, and most recently, Secrets of Topsea: A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By the Ocean (as Kir Fox, co-written with Michelle Schusterman, as M. Shelley Coats), talks about the time both of our lives simultaneously blew up, and how we helped each other rebuild. Also: how having a twin means she’s always written for an audience, the pleasures of re-reading, and writing with ADHD.

 

Kirsten Hubbard Show Notes

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Egmont USA closing

Kaitlin Ward (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Welcome to Night Vale (podcast)

New Leaf Literary, and agents Jo Volpe, Suzie Townsend, and Kirsten’s current agent, Jordan Hamessley

Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary

Roald Dahl

YA Highway

Direct download: 4.24_Kristen_Hubbard_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:12am PDT

Maret Orliss, Associate Director of Events Programming for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, talks about how authors can stand out to festival programmers, what the L.A. Times is doing in response to sexual harassment accusations in the book world, and the best Margaret Atwood festival story.

 

Maret Orliss Show Notes

Cecil Castellucci

Lisa Yee

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Reading Aloud, Nate Corddry’s books podcast

Brandy Colbert

Amy Spalding

John Scalzi

Roxane Gay

Jacqueline Woodson

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Patton Oswalt

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Her new book, The Proposal

Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television by Joy Press

Murphy Brown (TV show)

You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) Amerca by Morgan Jerkins

Queer Eye (TV show)

Direct download: Maret_Oriss_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:04am PDT

Sara Saedi, author of NEVER EVER and its sequel, THE LOST KIDS (out today!), as well as YA memoir AMERICANIZED: REBEL WITHOUT A GREEN CARD, talks about her earliest boy-meets-girl story, how being the child of immigrants made her write her first screenplay, soap operas as writing boot camp,the blessing of living in the time of email, and putting a narrative onto your own life.

 

Sara Saedi Show Notes

Cocktail (movie)

Rain Man (movie)

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Brooke Bowman

She’s All That (movie)

M. Night Shyalaman

Tom Jacobson (producer)

The Goodwin Games (TV show)

How I Met Your Mother (TV show)

Carter Bays

Craig Thomas

Scott Foley

Jess Regel at Foundry Literary

"The Silicon Valley Suicides," by Hanna Rosin in The Atlantic

Perfect Strangers (TV show)

iZombie (TV show)

John August (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Launch, the podcast about John’s book

Rob Thomas (iZOmbie, Veronica Mars)

 

Direct download: Sara_Saedi_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:01am PDT

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

NaNoWriMo

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

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)

Zoom H2N

Zoom H4N

I said Audible and I meant Audacity!

GarageBand

Libsyn

Art19

SquareSpace

Subscribe to the First Draft newsletter

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)

LeakyCon

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)

Vote for your favorite First Draft quotes from 2017! Then stay tuned for your chance to pre-order the First Draft 2018 Calendar!

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

Vote for your favorite First Draft quotes for the upcoming 2018 calendar!

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

Liara Tamani, debut author of CALLING MY NAME, on getting out of the cycle of ruthless academic achievement to find her passion, shedding old belief systems, fighting against the guilt and shame instilled in girls at very young ages, and the importance of numbers to her creative life.

 

Liara Tamani Show Notes

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Girlfriends (TV show)

Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

SOLD by Patricia McCormick

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Alone with All That Could Happen: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft of Fiction by David Jauss (writing craft)

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White

Direct download: Liara_Tamani_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

Anna-Marie McLemore, author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, which was a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award, and WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was long-listed for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and was a Stonewall Honor Book. This month, Anna-Marie released her newest novel WILD BEAUTY.  She talks about funerals as a place to reinforce collective memories, waiting for that glowing laptop to let you know it’s time to write a novel, and writing a gender nonconforming stud.

 

Anna-Marie McLemore Show Notes

Dhonielle Clayton (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript here)

We Need Diverse Books

Taylor Martindale Kean (literary agent)

Sara Zarr (listen to her First Draft interview here or read the transcript here)

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Samantha Mabry (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Saundra Mitchell

ALL OUT edited by Saundra Mitchell

Sherman Alexie

Sona Charaipotra (listen to her First Draft interview here or read the transcript)

"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again." - W. E. B. du Bois

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers (hear her First Draft interview here or read the transcript here)

Direct download: Anna-Marie_McLemore_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:52am PDT

Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of the SHADOW AND BONE series, spinoff duology SIX OF CROWS and CROOKED KINGDOM, and THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS, a series of short stories set in that world. She’s also a bestseller for WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER. Leigh talks about writing a character who shares her disability, talking some truths about Wonder Woman’s creator, writing a walking talking teenaged apocalypse, how going to an all girls’ school gave her a little insight into Themyscira.

 

Leigh Bardugo Show Notes

Listen to Leigh’s first First Draft interview here

Apollo Robbins: The Gentleman Thief

The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, CA

The Advocate

David Copperfield

BEA (BookExpo America)

"The Witch of Duva: A Ravkan Folk Tale," Leigh’s story posted to Tor.com

Sara Kipin (illustrator of Language of Thorns)

Natalie C. Sousa

Ellen Duda

Erin Stein

Danielle Paige (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life  edited by Liesa Mignogna

Gail Simone, writer of comics and animation

William Moulton Marston (creator of Wonder Woman)

Vargas Girls

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross interview

George Pérez (wrote WW)

Greg Rucka (wrote WW)

A piece about "We Are Not Amazons," Leigh’s essay about Wonder Woman’s outfit and body image

Helen of the Plane Trees

True Blood (TV show)

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing by William Butler Yeats

Direct download: Leigh_Bardugo_2.0_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:43pm PDT

Answering listener questions, book recommendations from Sarah Enni, Veronica Roth, and Maurene Goo, and writing advice from Susan Dennard!

Special Episode - Fall 2017 - Show Notes

Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of the Truthwitch series and the Something Strange and Deadly series

Sign up for the Misfits & Daydreamers newsletter here!

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Veronica Roth

Maurene Goo

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Roxane Gay’s review of The Wedding Date

Roxane Gay’s picture with Channing Tatum

Warcross by Marie Lu

Lightless by C.A. Higgins

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Alexandra Bracken

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

The Moral Premise by Stanley Williams

Susan Dennard, @stdennard on Instagram

Direct download: FD_Special_Ep_Fall_2017_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT

Robin Benway, author of National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist Far From the Tree—as well as Audrey, Wait! and Emmy & Oliver, among others—returns to the podcast this week to talk about wondering if she was still an author, having Big Feelings about publishing careers, and gets in a sweet feminist rant.

 

Robin Benway Show Notes

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Susan Dennard, author of the NYTimes best-selling Truthwitch series, as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series

Susan's writing advice newsletter, Misfits & Daydreamers (sign up now!)

Listen to Robin’s first First Draft interview here

Kristen Pettit (editor at Harper Collins)

Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine

 

The e-mail Robin sent to her editor with the idea for Far From the Tree

Gretchen McNeill (listen to her First Draft interview here)

 

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here)

Dinosaur Coffee

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation

Elana Arnold (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Suzanne Collins

Keri Russell

Felicity (TV show)

Direct download: Robin_Benway_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:10am PDT

Dan Santat, Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, talks about his newest picture book, After the Fall, an immigrant kid learning about Santa Claus, writing books that reveal other people’s stories, how much anxiety sucks, and the different ways he is interpreting Asian identity in his work.

 

Dan Santat Show Notes

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Kirsten Hubbard

Connie Hsu (editor at Roaring Brook; read an interview with Connie and Dan here)

Garfield (comic)

Lion King (movie)

The ArtCenter College of Design

 

SCBWI, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Arthur A. Levine, children's book author, editor, and publisher

Maya (software)

Akira (manga comic) written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo

Appleseed (manga comic) written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

The Guild of Geniuses by Dan Santat

 

Chip Kidd, graphic designer best known for his book covers

Oh No, Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat

Three Ninja Pigs written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat

Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat

Carnivores written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Dan Santat

Beekle

Are We There Yet? written and illustrated by Dan Santat

American Born Chinese written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang

Raina Telgemeire, graphic novel memoirist (Smile, among others)

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

Drawn Together written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat

Luc Besson (director)

Valerian (comic) by Pierre Christin

The Fifth Element (movie)

Snowpiercer (movie)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Stranger Things (TV show)

Marshall Arisman, Chair, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, School of Visual Arts; illustrator; painter

Direct download: Dan_Santat_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:51am PDT

Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, New York Times best-selling co-authors of I Hate Everyone But You, talk about the dangers of walking and reading, differentiating character from author, what REALLY makes readers uncomfortable, and writing a friendship rom-com.

 

Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin Show Notes

Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea

The Waterboy (movie)

Carrie by Stephen King

"The Price of Nice Nails," the New York Times feature story about nail salons

 

Robert Rodriguez (director and producer)

Quentin Tarantino (director and writer)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Issa Rae (actress, writer, producer)

Desperate Housewives (TV show)

Friday Night Lights (TV show)

Victoria Aveyard (listen to her First Draft interview here)

District 9 (movie)

Star Trek (tv show)

Legally Blonde

Atlanta (TV show)

Living Single (TV show)

"The Ascendancy of the 'Awkward Older Sister,'" from The Atlantic 

Amy Schumer

Jennifer Lawrence

Insecure (TV show)

Grace Helbig

Part of Me, the Katy Perry documentary

Summer in the City (song)

Stephanie Beatriz

The animated .gif about ladies supporting ladies

Shine Theory by Anne Friedman

Call Your Girlfriend podcast

Allison’s text chain of writing advice

Direct download: Gaby_Dunn_and_Allison_Raskin_3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:35pm PDT

Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND and the YOUNG ELITES series, talks about her newest book, WARCROSS as well as BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER and the forthcoming KINGDOM OF BACK. Marie chats about the lag between the eternal optimism of tech and moral questioning of its powers, how writing about evil characters was almost too much for her, and the responsibility of writing a real woman’s story.

 

Marie Lu 2.0 Show Notes

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Marie Lu’s first First Draft interview

Zelda (video game)

Tahereh Mafi (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript here)

Assassin’s Creed (video game)

Street Fighter (video game)

Mortal Kombat (video game)

World of Warcraft (video game)

Overwatch (video game)

Battlefield (video game)

Call of Duty (video game)

Pokémon Go (video game)

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu 

Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Batman (animated series)

Darkwing Duck (animated series)

The Dark Knight (movie)

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart

Amadeus (movie)

Pan’s Labyrinth (movie)

Hamilton (musical)

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Marie_Lu_2.0_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT

Emily Ziff Griffin, debut author of LIGHT YEARS, talks about her childhood dream of being a dancing lawyer, gifs and art semiotics, the unquantifiable fairy dust that makes some art transcend, and how teenagers experience time differently.

 

Emily Ziff Griffin Show Notes

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

 

The Angelika Film Center

The Creative Fire by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, including her thoughts on creativity and the myth of Persephone

Frozen (movie)

Moana (movie)

Wonder Woman (movie)

Study about emojis and linguists

Virginia Heffernan, journalist and writer

Wet Hot American Summer (movie)

Capote (movie)

 

Direct download: EmilyZiffGriffin_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:08pm PDT

Sabaa Tahir, NY Times bestselling author of the An Ember in the Ashes series, shares spooky happenings in the desert hometown, waxes poetic about good journalistic writing, and talks giving suffering children a happy ending in her books, being an eight-year overnight success, and writing books in elbows of time.

 

Sabaa Tahir Show Notes

The Shannara series by Terry Brooks

Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Ansel Adams (photographer)

Stranger Things (TV show)

Seven Daughters and Seven Suns by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

"Living a Half-Life While Waiting for Those Lost," the Washington Post story about women in Kashmir

Image of Liberian child soldier wearing a teddy bear backpack, Georges Gobet/Getty Images

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Margaret Stohl (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Melissa de la Cruz

George R. R. Martin “gardener or architect

Shannon Hale

All the President’s Men (film)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My Left Foot (movie)

Sarah Henning

Direct download: Sabaa_Tahir2_FINALSRSLY.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT

Jeramey Kraatz, author of middle grade series The Cloak Society and Space Runners, on how superhero cartoons got him into reading, writing hamster stories as birthday presents, the difference between middle grade and young adult, and being more productive with a full-time job.

 

Jeramey Kraatz Show Notes

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

X Men (cartoon TV series)

Batman (cartoon TV series)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs 

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Joan Didion

Meghan Daum

David Sedaris

Soman Chainani

The Southern Festival of Books

 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Incredibles (movie)

My Hero Academia (anime series)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Mad Max: Fury Road (movie)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (movie)

 

George by Alex Gino (MG book)

Alex London (a.k.a. C.A. London - listen to his First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Jeramey_Kraatz_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:22am PDT

Lauren Strasnick, author of 16 Ways to Break a Heart (out now!) and Then You Were Gone, Nothing Like You, and Her and Me and You, talks about gift wrapping her young adults books out of embarrassment, admitting to being “so deeply lazy,” envying actors, and writers as gremlins.

Lauren Strasnick Show Notes

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Deenie by Judy Blume

Forever... by Judy Blume

Beverly Cleary

Norma Klein

Christopher Pike

The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Stephen King

Party of Five (TV show)

Law & Order

Writing Pad

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Twins by Marcy Dermansky

Joan Didion

Rachel Fershleiser (listen to her First Draft interview here)

This is the Reason You’ll Get Divorced (Actually "Why You'll Marry the Wrong Person," by Allain de Botton) in the New York Times

Grace Krilanovich

Marilyn Friedman at Writing Pad

Francesca Lia Block

Zan Romanoff (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Link to The 2017 First Draft Listener Survey!

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Nicola Yoon (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Adam Silvera (listen to his First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Lauren_Strasnick_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44am PDT

Catch up with Kara Thomas, author of Little Monsters (out July 25!), The Darkest Corners, and the Prep School Confidential series about leaning in to a dark personal place with her writing, solving the mystery of Law & Order in the last five minutes, the exploitation of “dramatic re-enactments,” and when stories evade our best-laid plans.

 

Kara Thomas Show Notes

Prep School Confidential series by Kara Taylor (now Kara Thomas)

Paradise Lost (documentary)

Disappeared (TV series)

Serial (podcast)

The Jinx (documentary)

The Keepers (documentary)

My Favorite Murder (podcast)

Sword and Scale (podcast)

Mommy Dead and Dearest (documentary)

Munchausen syndrome (Factitious disorder)

Crohn’s disease

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

CLUE (board game)

Law & Order

House (TV show)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wives with Knives (TV series)

Making a Murderer (TV series)

O.J.: Made in America, the Academy Award-winning O.J. Simpson documentary by Ezra Edelman

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Casey Anthony

Zodiac (movie)

Hidden Figures (movie)

Josh Mankiewicz from Dateline

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

Slender Man

The Craft (movie)

 

The Cheerleaders (Kara’s next book)

The Daily Beast article about Dryden, NY

 

Direct download: Kara_Thomas_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:25am PDT

Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of the Dorothy Must Die and Stealing Snow series, on writing scripts for her Barbies, how the OJ trial cost her a career in soaps, and longing for rom-coms.

 

Danielle Paige Show Notes

Paper magazine

Matt Bomer (actor)

Paul Wesley (actor)

Hayden Panetierre (actor)

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

One Tree Hill (TV show)

Shonda Rhimes

Grey’s Anatomy (TV show)

Scandal (TV show)

House of Cards (TV show)

The Avengers (movie)

Wonder Woman (movie)

Wonder Woman (TV show)

The Writers Guild

Al Roker

L. Frank Baum (author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Frozen (movie)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Kami Garcia

Kass Morgan

David Leviathan

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum and the event at The Grove on July 11

Because You Love To Hate Me - order it now!

The Because You Love to Hate Me event at The Grove

Direct download: Danielle_Paige_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:52pm PDT

Sara Goodman, editorial director for Wednesday Books, a new imprint from St. Martin’s Press featuring crossover, coming-of-age stories. She talks about finding a career in publishing in spite of herself, getting up at 5 a.m. to read, and the never-ending hunt for voice.

 

Sara Goodman Show Notes

Peter Halley (artist)

Stephen King

George R. R. Martin

Judy Blume

Beverly Cleary

Anne Rice

Joan Didion

Christopher Schelling (agent with Selectric Artists)

Augusten Burroughs

Jennifer Enderlin

Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rainbow Rowell 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Jandy Nelson

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Vicki Lame

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

Olga Grlic (book designer)

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Jim Tierney, designer of the new cover for I Capture the Castle

Summer Days and Summer Nights anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins

Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Robert Cormier

House of Night series by P.C. Cast

Sun Warrior and Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Hidden Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

Not Now Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Julie Buxbuam’s launch party for WHAT TO SAY NEXT at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove!

Because You Love To Hate Me release event at The Grove

Pre-order Because You Love to Hate Me: Amazon | IndieBound |Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Direct download: Sara_Goodman_FINALEDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:57am PDT

A lovely conversation with Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Geography of You and Me, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, and her most recent novel, Windfall. She talks about the teacher who made all the difference, and some key questions, like: are we all always writing the same story? And can you be an optimist and believe in fate?

 

Jennifer E Smith Show Notes

Lauren Graham

Mary Higgins Clark

John Grisham

The Babysitters’ Club by Ann M. Martin

Saddle Club by Bonnie Bryant

Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Frederick Busch 

Elizabeth Strout

Justin Cronin

Ha Jin

Amanda "Blinky" Urban at ICM (agent)

Toni Morrison

Haruki Murakami

Donna Tartt

E. L. Doctorow

Cormac McCarthy

Jennifer Egan

Kazuo Ishiguro

Richard Ford 

Anna Quindlen

The Keep by Jennifer Eagan

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford

Jennifer Joel (Jenn’s agent)

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Sarah Dessen

Emily Meehan (editor)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)

Sliding Doors (movie)

Julie Buxbaum (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Direct download: Jennifer_E._Smith_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am PDT

More lightning-round interviews with authors at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, BookExpo America, and BookCon festivals, including: Brandy Colbert; David Connis; Dhonielle Clayton; E. Katherine Kottaras; Holly Black; Jennifer E. Smith; Jessica Morgan; Kiersten White; Karuna Riazi; Laini Taylor; Maggie Stiefvater; Maurene Goo; Morgan Matson; Nic Stone; Renee Ahdieh; Robin Benway; Samantha Mabry; Soman Chainani; Susan Dennard; Victoria Aveyard; and Zan Romanoff.

LATFoB/BEA/BookCon Minisode Show Notes

Brandy Colbert (listen to her First Draft interview here), author of Pointe and the forthcoming Little and Lion)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

David Connis, author of the forthcoming The Temptation of Adam

 

Dhonielle Clayton, co-author of the Tiny, Pretty Things series and author of the forthcoming The Belles (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript)

E. Katherine Kottaras, author of How to Be Brave and The Best Possible Answer

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript here)

Holly Black, author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and the forthcoming The Cruel Prince

Jane Yolen, SFF writer

Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, among many others!, and her newest book, Windfall, out now! (Her First Draft interview coming soon!)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jessica Morgan, co-author of Spoiled, Messy, and The Royal We (Listen to her First Draft interview [with co-writer Heather Cocks] here)

Kiersten White, author of the And I Darken series and the forthcoming middle grade Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales (and so much more) (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Karuna Riazi, author of The Gauntlet

Ellen Oh, author of The Dragon King chronicles and the forthcoming Spirit Hunters (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (among other things!)

Maggie Stiefvater, author of the forthcoming All The Crooked Saints, the Raven Boys series, Scorpio Races, and more

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Morrell by Susanna Clarke

Michael Chabon

Maurene Goo, author of Since You Asked and the recently-released I Believe in a Thing Called Love (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here!)

Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Since You've Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin

Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn and her newest book, Flame in the Mist (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Flyleaf Books 

Quail Ridge Books

Books of Wonder

McNally Jackson

Parnassus Books

Red Balloon Bookshop

Robin Benway, author of Audrey, Wait!, Emmy and Oliver, and the forthcoming Far From the Tree (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Emery Lord and her first book, Open Road Summer

Samantha Mabry, author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and the forthcoming All the Wind in the World (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good or Evil series

Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, the Witchland series, and contributor to the forthcoming Because You Love to Hate Me anthology

Jurassic Park (movie) (and book by Michael Crichton)

Victoria Aveyard, author of the Red Queen series (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Kaz and Inej from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom series

Zan Romanoff, author of A Song to Take the World Apart and Grace and the Fever (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript here)

Battlestar Galactica (TV show)

Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things, and the forthcoming What to Say Next (listen to her First Draft interview here)

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Maurene Goo, author of I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE (out today!) on putting being an author on hold, writing the food tour of Los Angeles, and the 30-minute sprints that saved her deadline.

 

Maurene Goo 2.0 Show Notes

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation (TV show)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Since You Asked by Maurene Goo

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Stephanie Kuehn (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Shonda Rhimes

Amy Spalding (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Sparky by Jenny Ofill and Chris Appelhans

A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans

Tahereh Mafi (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript)

David Sedaris

Zadie Smith

The Underground Railroad by Colston Whitehead

Jon Krakauer

Elizabeth Clark (cover designer for IBIATCL)

Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here, or read the transcript)

Morgan Matson (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Direct download: Maurene_Goo_2.0_FINAL.mp3
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Kayla Olson, debut author of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, out June 6, on writing secret songs in middle school, hearing the rhythm of books, words as a puzzle, writing to the same thunderstorm for years and years, and the closest she ever came to quitting.

 

Kayla Olson Show Notes

Sara Zarr’s episode of First Draft 

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Full House (TV show)

Fuller House (TV show)

Patty Griffin (musician)

Sandra McCraken (musician)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

MyWriteClub.com

LOST (TV show)

Libba Bray

Story Engineering and Tips for Writing Your Novel with Larry Brooks (video)

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 

Direct download: Kayla_Olson_REALLYFINAL.mp3
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Sandhya Menon, debut author of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI (out May 30 and available for pre-order now!) talks up libraries that run on guilt, candy bar scenes, and what to do when you hit a major slump.

 

Sandhya Menon Show Notes

Lilliam Rivera (listen to her First Draft interview here, and get the transcript here)

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Ruebén Martinez, winner of the LA Times Festival of Books' 2017 Innovator Award

 "Candy Bar Scenes" idea by Holly Lisle

Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here, and get the transcript here)

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sofie Kinsella

Morgan Matson (listen to her First Draft interview here, and get the transcript here)

Stephanie Perkins

Direct download: Sandhya_Menon_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
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Renée Ahdieh, New York Times best-selling author of The Wrath and the Dawn series, and whose new series kicks off with the release of Flame in the Mist, out May 16, joins me to talk about straddling two worlds poorly, finding the music in language, fearless internet personas, id books, and publishing as a ‘pride-swallowing siege.’ (Plus, a cameo from Sarah Nicole Lemon, author of Done Dirt Cheap!)

 

Renee Ahdieh Show Notes

Explosions in the Sky

Sheherazade Op. 35, a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nas

The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Sarah Nicole Lemon

J.K. Rowling

Star Wars score by John Williams

Gustav Holst’s The Planets

The Imperial March by John Williams

Mars, Bringer of War by Gustav Holst

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,featured in Annie, Get Your Gun

Tool

Metallica

Human Bell

Mogwai

Godspeed You Black Emperor

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

The 30-second bit of "Blue Moon" by Beck, which I wanted to write a book about

"S&M" by Metallica

"The Black Album" by Metallica

FictionPress

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

Get Out (movie)

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (and the Netflix Show)

Chekhov’s Gun

Bluebeard

Sir Richard Burton

The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy

The Song of the Lioness series by Tamara Pierce

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Mulan (movie)

A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Sengoku and Muromachi periods of Japanese history

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Direct download: Rene_Ahdieh_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
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Courtney Summers - author of SOME GIRLS ARE, CRACKED UP TO BE, ALL THE RAGE, and more - breaks down getting published with her spite novel, consistently wanting it all, writing a book that fits around a feeling, and never really moving on from her books.

 

Courtney Summers Show Notes

YALLFEST

Archie comics

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

YALLWEST

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

She’s All That (movie)

Right About Now” by Fatboy Slim

Competency Quadrant (Four Stages of Competency)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cromier

Flannery O’Connor

Left 4 Dead (video game)

Night of the Living Dead (movie)

The Passage by Justin Cronin

World War Z (movie)

Shaun of the Dead (movie)

The Walking Dead (TV show)

Wednesday Books

St. Martin’s Press

The OA (Netflix series)

Alan Wake (video game)

Twin Peaks

Stephen King

Star Trek Beyond (movie)

How Did This Get Made (podcast)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Harvard Business Journal, “Who’s Got the Monkey?

Direct download: Courtney_Summers_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

Join me for a second go-round with Margaret Stohl, New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series and the YA adaptations of Marvel's Black Widow, whose most recent novel, Royce Rolls, is out now! We discuss writing this book as a joke, the Kardashians as a delivery system, the reverse-outlining method, and overcoming inherited ways of thinking. 

 

Margaret Stohl 2.0 Show Notes

Los Angeles I’m Yours” by The Decemberists

The Kardashians

new Zelda, Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Switch

Arden Rose (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Richelle Mead

Raymond Chandler

 

Richard Pryor

Little House on the Prairie (TV show)

Starline Tours

Jennifer Garner

Alyson Hannigan, Willow from Buffy

Captain Marvel

Tony Stark

Kami Garcia

Emily Meehan, associate editor Marvel

Libba Bray (listen to her First Draft interviews here: Part 1, and Part 2)

 

Cats vs. Robots: This Is War

Katherine Tegan at Harper Collins

Veronica Roth (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here!)

 

VEEP (TV show)

House of Cards (TV show)

My LATFoB panel

YALLWEST

Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie

BookCon

Direct download: Margaret_Stohl_2.0.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:25pm PDT

Listen to YA superstar Sara Zarr (whose newest novel, GEM & DIXIE, is out now!) talk about the first time she encountered “smart” as an epithet, getting career advice from Chris Crutcher, and very nearly giving up on writing altogether.

 

Sara Zarr Show Notes

This Creative Life, Sara’s podcast series

Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Beverly Cleary

Marilyn Sachs

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Judy Blume

 

We Need Diverse Books internship program

 

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chris Crutcher

National Book Award

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

Imposter Syndrome

This Creative Life with Scott Derrickson

 

This Creative Life with Gayle Forman

This Creative Life with Sarah Dessen

Kevin Bacon (actor)

A Simple Plan (movie)

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

 

My LATFoB panel

YALLWEST

BookCon!

Direct download: EDIT2_SZ.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:38am PDT

Hang with me and YouTube star, actress, and debut author Arden Rose (ALMOST ADULTING is out now!) about the sometimes insidious nature of the beauty industry, things we wish we could tell our younger selves, the scourge of tribalism, and more!

Arden Rose Show Notes

Let’s Learn Japanese (TV show)

Dr. Seuss

Redwall by Brian Jacques 

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

TED talk with former member of the Westboro Baptist, Megan Phelps-Roper

"The Most Hated Family in America," the Westboro Baptist documentaries by Louis Theroux

 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

PewDiePie

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

 

Direct download: Arden_Rose.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:33pm PDT