Mon, 29 September 2014
Meagan Spooner, author of LARK ASCENDING (out Oct. 1!), the final installment of the Skylark Trilogy, and is co-author of the Starbound Trilogy with Amie Kaufman. Meagan is bright, cheery and welcoming, with the self-assuredness of a girl who has crossed the globe more than once. We talk about her roots in the theater, how fairy tales are the OG fanfic, and that one time her house burned down.
Meagan Spooner Show Notes
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein
CONTACT by Carl Sagan
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
THE DRAGON RIDERS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
Odyssey writing workshops
SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL by Louis Sachar and Adam McCauley
IN A DARK, DARK ROOM by Alvin Schwartz and Dirk Zimmer
The Tolkien quote about the "leaf-mould of the mind"
Wed, 24 September 2014
Rachel Fershleiser Show Notes
Eat Your Feelings: Stories of Food, Jews & Your Mom, with Jami Attenberg and friends
Stock Tips zine Kickstarter
Tumblr's Reblog Book Club
Gingerhaze on Tumblr (Noelle Stevenson)
Simini Blocker on Tumblr
YA Highway on Tumblr
SO MUCH PRETTY by Cara Hoffman
President Obama Tumblr Q&A
YA author Leigh Bardugo
THE MAN OF MY DREAMS by Curtis Sittenfeld
Emily Gould, author and co-owner of Emily Books
Celeste Ng, author
Fri, 19 September 2014
Gretchen McNeil, author of YA books POSSESS, TEN, 3:59, and GET EVEN (out this week, from Baltzer + Bray!) welcomed me to her home in L.A. for a great conversation about the pros and cons of fast drafting, grassroots marketing, and how to balance being a writer and an extrovert. And her adorable puppy Wolfgang makes an appearance, too!
Gretchen McNeil Show Notes
TITHE by Holly Black
WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr
T.S. Ferguson (Amy's editor at Harlequin TEEN)
Diane Setterfield, THE THIRTEENTH TALE
Sun, 14 September 2014
Heidi Schulz Show Notes
Australorp breed of chickens
J.M. Barrie, author of PETER PAN and PETER PAN AND WENDY
Peter Pan (2003 film)
Brooks Sherman, Heidi’s agent
John Hendrix, illustrator for HOOK’S REVENGE
Heidi’s drawing of a sad robot being launched into space
Claire Legrand, MG author
Emma Trevayne, MG author
Fri, 22 August 2014
Michelle Schusterman, author of the I HEART BAND series and the forthcoming THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and MAUDEVILLE, is the kind of girl whose conversation feels more like a hug than a handshake. She’s so open-hearted, curious, and kind, it’s no wonder she’s always worked with middle and high school students, across the globe.
Michelle Schusterman Show Notes
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Michelle’s agent Sarah Davies
Jordan Hamessly, Michelle’s editor
The Coffeehouse Mystery books by Cleo Coyle
Wed, 13 August 2014
My good friend and YA author Kirsten Hubbard takes the mic to ask me a few questions for this mini-episode Q&A! We talk about why the podcast got started, why it's been so irregular to date, where it's going in the future, and a discussion of writing while traveling.
Fri, 8 August 2014
Kara Taylor (soon to be Thomas) has a quick wit and an infectious laugh. In addition to being smart, sharp and funny, she’s a gifted and ambitious writer, crafting YA novels by day (the PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL series and a forthcoming book in 2016 from Random House) and TV shows by night. I caught up with Kara at her home in Long Island, and she gave me the rundown of her almost accidental television writing gig, how having a chip on her shoulder helps get words on the page, and why city life just isn’t for her.
Kara Taylor Show Notes
Clip from Jon Stewart bit about Long Island wanting to secede
Article on how much money California is losing because TV and movie productions are locating in other cities.
Article on the writer of Lethal Weapon
Wed, 6 August 2014
Claire Legrand has a sweet heart and a dark imagination - a combination that has made for two magical middle grade novels (THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS and THE YEAR OF SHADOWS), and a forthcoming YA, WINTERSPELL, due out September 30 from Simon & Schuster. We met at her home in Princeton, New Jersey to talk scary stories for kids, earning honor badges in life, and finding time amidst the "author" madness to actually write.
Claire LeGrand Show Notes
Claire LeGrand’s agent Diana Fox
Claire’s blog post about leaving New York
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Lucy Ruth Cummins with S&S
Sarah Watts, artist for covers with S&S
Karl Kwasny, artist for Year of Shadows with S&S
E.T.A. Hoffmann's original Nutcracker
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Story by Robert McKee
Fri, 25 July 2014
Ellen Oh has been called a force of nature, and it’s true - the woman can get things done. But she’s also a fierce friend and loving mom, whose nearly decade-long quest to publication with debut novel PROPHECY was started because she couldn’t find books that reflected her story, or the Korean history she found so fascinating. Ellen can be series, sure (I mean, she _was_ a lawyer), but her laugh is infectious and she’s a laser-focused ball of energy when it comes to talking about history, how her kids are her toughest critique partners, and of course, spearheading the We Need Diverse Books campaign.
Wed, 23 July 2014
The lovely Cristin Terrill invited me over to discuss theater, Sir Ian McKellen buying tea, and her recent decision to admit a planned sequel to her debut novel, All Our Yesterdays, was not a workable project. Cristin is funny and quick, and her kindhearted vibe may have something to do with the fact that she knows she has a safety net: dog grooming school.
Tue, 22 July 2014
Petite and a bit quiet, Lindsay Smith has a bit of a mysterious vibe. And once she starts talking, it only gets more interesting! YA's John le Carré, Lindsay is a history buff who is fluent in Russian, and her debut novel, SEKRET, and its follow-up, SKANDAL (due in April 2015 from Roaring Brook Press) explore what would happen if Russia were hiding paranormally-enhanced super-humans behind the iron curtain during the Cold War. Pretty awesome stuff. Lindsay invited me over to talk 20th century politics, the round-the-clock nature of D.C.'s creative types, and the sheer terror of trying to write for adults.
Mon, 14 July 2014
Caroline Tung Richmond is a smiling, stylin’ ball of endless positive energy, and with her debut novel set to come out in September (THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, 9/30/14 from Scholastic) I was jazzed to meet up with her in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Caroline is full of incredible advice for writers in the trenches, and gives us a perspective on how being a new mother is hurting and, in some ways, helping her writing process. Also, she schools me on awesome sci-fi references — though Stark Trek fans should be warned that Caroline admits her memory of Deanna Troi’s fate may be a bit hazy. (But we won’t hold that against her - she has mad TNG cred.)
Thu, 10 July 2014
Sat, 5 July 2014