First Draft with Sarah Enni

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)


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)



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



Losing Face” in Chinese culture


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