First Draft with Sarah Enni

First Draft Episode #222: Ryan La Sala

Ryan La Sala, debut author of fantasy YA novel Reverie. If you enjoy this conversation with Ryan, hear more from him over at the What Book Hooked You? podcast!

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:08am PST

First Draft Episode #221: Zan Romanoff and Sarah Enni open the mailbag!

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Zan Romanoff, author of A Song to Take the World Apart, Grace and the Fever, and the forthcoming Look (out March 31, 2020) joins Sarah Enni to answer listener questions. Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:48am PST

First Draft Episode #220: Rick Yancy, Cindy Pon, Justin Reynolds, and Sarah Enni LIVE at YA-Hoo Fest

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YA-Hoo Fest kicked off with this LIVE recording of the First Draft with Sarah Enni on Sept. 21, 2019. Hear writers talk about plotting the end of humanity, domed Chinese playgrounds, reef-keeping, the universal experience of grief. Featuring: Rick Yancey, New York Times bestselling author of the Fifth Wave series, the Monstrumologist series, and more; Cindy Pon, Want and its sequel Ruse, the Silver Phoenix series and more; Justin A. Reynolds, debut author of The Opposite of Always; and Sarah Enni, author of Tell Me Everything.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:21am PST

First Draft Episode #219: Janet Varney

Janet Varney, Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer, producer, and podcaster. She has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including You’re the Worst, Take My Wife, Burning Love, Stan Against Evil, and Fortune Rookie, and the voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra. She is also the co-founder, creative director, and producer of SF Sketchfest: the San Francisco Comedy Festival (now in its 19th year!), and hosts The JV Club podcast.

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Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998. You can also email the podcast at firstdraftwithsarahenni@gmail.com. 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  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: 2:40am PST

First Draft Episode #218: Kyle Flynn

Kyle Flynn is the keyboardist with indie rock group Father John Misty, as well as writer of television and movies.

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Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998. You can also email the podcast at firstdraftwithsarahenni@gmail.com. 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  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: 2:38am PST

First Draft Episode #217: Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys, #1 New York Times bestselling and Carnegie-winning author of Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea, talks about her newest novel, Fountains of Silence.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:14am PST

First Draft Episode #216: Mallory Kass (a.k.a. Kass Morgan)

Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100 and Light Years (a.k.a. Mallory Kass, senior editor at Scholastic). Supernova, the sequel to Light Years, is out now!

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  • Kass’s father wrote for Seinfeld

  • Paula Abdul (her iconic Forever Your Girl is a great starting point) and Janet Jackson (oh my god, where to begin? Rhythm Nation is a must, and The Velvet Rope is everything— also apparently she wrote a book! True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself) were two pop stars Mallory was totally unaware of when she moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles at age 11

  • Once she figured out that she was not destined to be an academic, Kass moved to New York and started an internship at Scholastic with Arthur Levine, who edited a little book series called Harry Potter (when she started at the publisher, Levine was working on Deathly Hallows in secret)

  • Kass’s bosses at Scholastic, Rachel Griffiths and David Levithan (New York Times bestselling author of Every Day and Boy Meets Boy), were instrumental in making her feel comfortable pursuing writing as well as editing

  • Cheryl B. Klein, associate editor at Scholastic and Kass’s co-worker, encouraged Kass to talk to Alloy Entertainment, a book packaging firm known for projects such as Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar and Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith. Alloy contacted Kass to work on a new project, The 100!

  • I loved Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, which features a space school, and so did Kass!

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (which is about to be a Hulu show) is the type of boarding school narrative that we’re more accustomed to reading — Kass threw the boarding school into space!

  • My humblebrag about moderating a panel on worldbuilding which featured N.K. Jemisin (and also Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, and Joe Hill!) at BookCon.

     

     

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Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998. You can also email the podcast at firstdraftwithsarahenni@gmail.com. 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  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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Direct download: Mallory_Kass_FINAL_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am PST

First Draft Episode #215: Leigh Barudgo

Leigh Barudgo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow and Bone series, the Six of Crows duology, and the King of Scars duology, discusses her first adult novel, Ninth House.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:51am PST

First Draft Episode #214: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of critically acclaimed books, including National Book Award finalist Ghost, Newberry and Printz-honored Long Way Down, Coretta Scott King Honoree As Brave as You, and his latest, middle grade Look Both Ways, which was just named to the National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:33am PST

First Draft Episode #213: Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, The Rose and the Dagger, the Flame in the Mist duology, talks about her latest series, which kicks off with The Beautiful, out October 8.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:58am PST

First Draft Episode #212: Jen Wang

Jen Wang, Eisner Award-winning author and illustrator of The Prince and the Dressmaker, In Real Life, and Koko Be Good stops by to talk about her new middle grade graphic novel, Stargazing.

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Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998. You can also email the podcast at firstdraftwithsarahenni@gmail.com. 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  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: 8:59am PST

First Draft Episode #211: Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath, which is out in hardcover on September 17, and writer of the America Chavez series for Marvel Comics.

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, New York Times bestselling author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  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: 10:24am PST

First Draft Episode #210: Josh Gondelman

Josh Gondelman, comedian, TV writer for shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Desus and Mero, and debut author of memoir Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results, talks about coming up in comedy, fumbling his breakout moment with the viral Modern Seinfeld Twitter account, and learning that being a “nice” person isn’t the same as being a good person.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:16am PST

First Draft Episode #208: David Yoon

David Yoon, debut author of Frankly in Love, talks about how writing a rom-com turned into writing about his greatest fears; portraying aspirational male friendships; and working to be able to write from a place of unconditional love.

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  • The addictions of writers like Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein are often romanticized. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert tackles the masculine language of pain and suffering surrounding art, dispelling the myth that writers need those things to be creative
  • When David watched Frozen, he wanted to know what happened with the parents

 

  • David’s favorite advice is from Margaret Atwood: “Read, read, read. Write, write, write.” He adds: Go to therapy.

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Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998. You can also email the podcast at firstdraftwithsarahenni@gmail.com. 

 

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Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  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: 11:14am PST

First Draft Episode #208: Mary H. K. Choi

Mary H. K. Choi, New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact, and host of podcasts Hey, Cool Job and Hey, Cool Life!. Her newest YA contemporary book, Permanent Record, is out now! We talk about addiction and fiction, loving and writing boys who fight against toxic masculinity, and fighting against “I’ll be perfect when…” thoughts.

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First Draft Episode #206: Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Enni

I was thrilled to do an event with Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, editor of My True Love Gave to Me, and many more. We met at Malaprop’s, Stephanie’s local bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina, to discuss villains in contemporary stories, our favorite podcasts, and the upcoming Netflix movie based on Stephanie’s most recent novel, There’s Someone Inside Your House!

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  • In Tell Me Everything By Sarah Enni, the main character Ivy uses a Post Secret type app called Veil and is faced with the moral ambiguity of social media apps. Ivy deals with the negativity of social media and twisting herself into knots trying to defend something that is special to her.

  • The first time that Sarah was in Asheville she was interviewed Beth Revis (Author of Across The Universe, listen to her episode of First Draft here), Meagan Spooner (Author of The Starbound Trilogy , listen to her episode of First Draft here), and Megan Sheperd (Author of Grim Lovelies, listen to her episode of First Draft here) for First Draft and she was able to reach out to them through Twitter. She believes that social media is morally gray because sites like Twitter have helped her make friends and connect with people but have also dismantled other peoples lives.

  • The creator of the app Veil is a villain called Rake Burmkezerg which is an acronym for Mark Zuckerberg. Rake creates an app that fosters a lot of negativity but wants to take no accountability for it which is what makes him the villain.

  • During her writing process, Sarah got the chance to explore her feelings about the people who have created the systems that are in charge and so much apart of our lives now e.g. Larry Ellison (Founder of Oracle Corporation) , Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook) and Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter). They manage a huge part of their lives and are met with almost no accountability.

  • Stephanie was previously seen as an exclusively Romance genre was always interested in True Crime, Horror and Thrillers. There’s Someone Inside Your House is her first thriller.

  • Scream (movie), was very influential to Stephanie as a child and turned her from a very frightened child into someone who saw how fun they could be and how they could be a safe place to explore your fears.

  • Most of Stephanie’s horror background comes from Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton as well as Stephen King novels.

  • There’s Someone Inside Your House is a very traditional thriller but Stephanie wanted to keep the killer's point of view out of it. Since our society celebrates villains like Hannibal Lecter and Freddy vs. Jason (movie) she wanted to take that element out of the story and focus on the victims.

  • Netflix has purchased There’s Someone Inside Your House a year ago and Stephanie has received the script! Henry Gayden is the screenwriter for the project and also the screenwriter for Shazam! (movie) as well as the Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse sequel (movie).

  • Judy Blume’s books talk about Belted undergarments and are dated but still end up being universal and timeless. So Sarah doesn’t worry about her books becoming dated and writes about what is relevant to her book now.

  • Sarah Enni’s First Draft Podcast episode in which she talks about her positive high school experience which also inspired the high school in Tell Me Everything.

  • In the eighth grade, Sarah realized her favorite movie Rushmore was her favorite movie and Radiohead was her favorite band. And she still goes back to that person to check in to make sure she’s still in touch with it and that’s were her pull to the YA genre came from.

  • Sarah loves NPR and started this podcast because she always wanted to be Nina Totenberg.

  • Sarah and Stephanie podcast recommendations: How Did This Get Made, Welcome to Nightvale, Truth and Justice with Bob Ruff, and My Favorite Murder.

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis was very influential to Stephanie to the point where she named her cat Mr. Tumnus.

  • When writing Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie wanted to take elements of fairy-tales and even paranormal romance and pull that off with a realistic ending. She wanted the idea of two teenagers who are meant to be and will be together forever.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:02am PST

First Draft Episode #205: Kendare Blake, Somaiya Daud, and Sarah Enni at the University Bookstore in Seattle

Pantsing and world building with Kendare Blake, author of the Three Dark Queens trilogy and Anna Dressed in Blood; Somaiya Daud, author of Mirage; and Sarah Enni, author of Tell Me Everything and host of this podcast! This episode is audio from the March 2019 event at The University Bookstore in Seattle, Washington.

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First Draft Episode #204: Siobhan Vivian, Kami Garcia, Stephanie Kate Strohm, and Jessica Brody on the “Pitter Patter: Writing Fresh Love Stories” from YALLFest 2018

Young Adult romcoms were the subject of the “Pitter Patter: Writing Fresh Love Stories” panel at YALLFest on Nov. 8, 2018. Hear contemporary romance writers compare makeout daydreams, talk about writing love in a time of #MeToo, and the lack of appreciation for stories with happy endings. Featuirng: Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures and The Lovely Reckless and Broken, Beautiful Hearts, and more; Stephanie Kate Srtohm, author of Prince in Disguise, It’s Not Me It’s You and Love a la Mode and more; Siobhan Vivian, author of Stay Sweet and The List, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, and more; and Jessica Brody, Sky Without Stars, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing That You’ll Ever Need and more.

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First Draft Episode #202: D.C. Pierson

D.C. Pierson, comedian, writer, filmmaker and author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To and Crap Kingdom, and co-writer and star of indie comedy movie Mystery Team, talks about getting more vulnerable with age, using his fiction to explore the gap between what we expect of the world and what turns out to be true, and being sick of not finishing things.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:23am PST

First Draft Episode #203: Simon Curtis

Simon Curtis, pop star, actor, and author of Boy Robot and its forthcoming sequel. Listen to his brand-new singles, “Graduate” and “Rainbow” now!

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First Draft Episode #201: Gaby Dunn

Gaby Dunn, co-author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel I Hate Everyone But You with her writing partner Alison Raskin. The sequel, Please Send Help, is out now! Gaby and Alison also host the Just Between Us podcast and YouTube channel. Gaby is also the host of the podcast Bad With Money and author of the book Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:38am PST

First Draft Episode #200: Special Anniversary Episode

For the 200th episode of the First Draft with Sarah Enni podcast, previous guests sent in answers to questions like, where do you turn for inspiration? What are you hopes and dreams at this moment in your career? What do you do besides writing that makes you a more skillful storyteller? And, of course, any advice! Listen in to hear tips, tricks, and reassurances and encouragement from dozens of bestselling and award-winning writers!

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:20am PST

First Draft Episode #199: Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman, New York Times bestselling author of adult novel Girls on Fire, as well as young adult novels The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, The Cold Awakening series, the Seven Deadly Sins series. Her next novel, to come out with Scribner, is Mother Daughter Widow Wife.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:54am PST

First Draft Episode #198: Jonny Sun

Jonny Sun, Canadian author and illustrator of Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too and Gmorning, Gnight!, TV writer on BoJack Horseman, screenwriter, one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017, and a doctoral candidate at MIT and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:43am PST

First Draft Episode #194: Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes, pop-culture critic at NPR and co-host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, is out with her debut author of Evvie Drake Starts Over. I loved what Linda had to say about how practicing appellate law helped hone her critical writing; getting used to listening to her own voice; how she manages anxiety and depression, and the difficulty in even acknowledging that she wanted to write a novel.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:55am PST

First Draft Episode #196: Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer are the team behind Trinkets, the Netflix TV series based on Kiwi’s young adult novel of the same name. Kiwi Smith is one half of the screenwriting team behind films like 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Ella Enchanted, and more, and the author of young adult novels The Geography of Girlhood, and Trinkets. Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer are the writing team behind films like Step Up 3D, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and the young adult novel Layover, and they adapted Trinkets and are credited as co-creators of the TV show.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:30am PST

First Draft Episode #195: Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light, Revolution, These Shallow Graves, and The Tea Rose series (incl. The Tea Rose; The Winter Rose; The Wild Rose) and Waterfire Saga series (incl. Deep Blue; Rogue Wave; Dark Tide; Sea Spell), Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, among others, who is back with the New York Times bestselling Stepsister. Jennifer talks about being raised on bedtime stories about life under the Hitler regime; how to deep-dive into writing a historical novel; and the joy of being obsessed.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:37am PST

First Draft Episode #194: Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian, TV writer, producer of films like Call Me By Your Name, and author of Like a Love Story, The Authentics, and The Walk-In Closet, talks about discovering gay icons in the time before the internet, putting all your obsessions in your work, crying in coffee shops, and writing about history from an emotional standpoint, so we can repeat the best of it.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:19am PST

First Draft Episode #193: Kate Spencer

Kate Spencer, comedian, author of Dead Mom’s Club: A Memoir, and co-host of fabulous podcast Forever35 talks about the never-ending quest for confidence, exorcising grief and pain through writing, and how a podcast about serums became a podcast about feelings.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:22am PST

First Draft Episode #192: Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith, author of the forthcoming Alchemy of War, as well as Sekret, Skandal, Dreamstrider, A Darkly Beating Heart, The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, and the Saints of Russalka series, talks about growing as a writer through D&D, refiguring her writing process after being diagnosed with ADHD, and learning to value more than just productivity.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:29am PST

First Draft Episode #191: Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin, New York Times bestselling author of the Wolf by Wolf series, as well as Invictus and The Walled City, talks about staging Redwall battles in the backyard, how bad teachers inspired her love of history, and how restrictions at key times in her life led her imagination to flourish.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:48am PST

First Draft Episode #190: Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series, talks about turning to writing to escape burnout and depression from her first job, persevering when even her Mom told her the writing thing wasn’t meant to happen, and the things that make her nervous about releasing Finale, the final book in her breakout series.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:41am PST

First Draft Episode #189: David Iserson

David Iserson, screenwriter of The Spy Who Dumped Me, writer on Saturday Night Live, United States of Tara, and New Girl, and author of YA novel Firecracker, talks about micro and macro humor, how unreliable narrators is one of the beautiful advantages of writing a book, co-writing as being in conversation with someone, and the merit of spite writing.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:52am PST

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

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 PST

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

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 PST

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

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

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:27am PST

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)

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:53am PST

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)

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:47am PST

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)

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:47pm PST

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:01am PST

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:24am PST

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:27am PST

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)

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:56am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST