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


Maurene Goo 2.0 Show Notes

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation (TV show)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Since You Asked by Maurene Goo

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Stephanie Kuehn (listen to her First Draft podcast here)

Shonda Rhimes

Amy Spalding (listen to her First Draft interview here)

Sparky by Jenny Ofill and Chris Appelhans

A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans

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

David Sedaris

Zadie Smith

The Underground Railroad by Colston Whitehead

Jon Krakauer

Elizabeth Clark (cover designer for IBIATCL)

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

Morgan Matson (listen to her First Draft interview here)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Direct download: Maurene_Goo_2.0_FINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

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


Kayla Olson Show Notes

Sara Zarr’s episode of First Draft 

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Full House (TV show)

Fuller House (TV show)

Patty Griffin (musician)

Sandra McCraken (musician)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

LOST (TV show)

Libba Bray

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

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 

Direct download: Kayla_Olson_REALLYFINAL.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:40pm PDT

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


Sandhya Menon Show Notes

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

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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

 "Candy Bar Scenes" idea by Holly Lisle

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

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sofie Kinsella

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

Stephanie Perkins

Direct download: Sandhya_Menon_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:24pm PDT

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


Renee Ahdieh Show Notes

Explosions in the Sky

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


The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Sarah Nicole Lemon

J.K. Rowling

Star Wars score by John Williams

Gustav Holst’s The Planets

The Imperial March by John Williams

Mars, Bringer of War by Gustav Holst

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



Human Bell


Godspeed You Black Emperor

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

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

"S&M" by Metallica

"The Black Album" by Metallica


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

Get Out (movie)

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

Chekhov’s Gun


Sir Richard Burton

The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy

The Song of the Lioness series by Tamara Pierce

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Mulan (movie)

A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Sengoku and Muromachi periods of Japanese history

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Direct download: Rene_Ahdieh_FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:52am PDT