First Draft with Sarah Enni (Literature)

Elissa Sussman, author of STRAY and its sequel BURN, discusses the “f—k page” of her teen journal, how ‘guilty pleasure’ is a gross term, and what three things every writer needs.

Elissa Sussman Show Notes

RENT (musical)

Archie comics

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

Roswell (TV show)

X-Files (TV show)

Battlestar Galactica (TV show)

Star Trek (TV show)

REDWALL by Brian Jacques

DEALING WITH DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (movie)

The Secret World of Alex Mack (TV show)

Downstage (program at Sarah Lawrence)

Adrienne Dawes (playwright)

Vagina Monologues

Angels in America (play)

 

Wicked (play)

Into the Woods (play)

 

Direct download: Elissa_Sussman_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:56pm PST

Hear the lovely Kristen Kittscher, author of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW and THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE talk about getting kicked out of high school, writing characters who are getting all growed up, and visualizing our inner writer.

Kristen Kittscher Show Notes

Danielle Steele

Mary Higgins Clark

Ellen Emerson White, THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER

HELTER SKELTER by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

STUART LITTLE by E.B. White

THE STAND by Stephen King

WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

Au Revoir Les Enfants (movie)

 

Umberto Echo, THE NAME OF THE ROSE

Write To The Finish (online class)

Taos Writing Conference

Kirsten Miller, KIKI STRIKE and NIGHTMARES with Jason Segel

Rebecca Stead GOODBYE STRANGER

Claire Legrand (her First Draft interview)

 

Direct download: Kristen_Kittscher_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:46pm PST

The wondrous Amy Plum (author of the DIE FOR ME series, the AFTER THE END series, and DREAMFALL, due out in 2017) and Lenore Appelhans (author of the MEMORY CHRONICLES series) share stories of starting their literary careers writing letters, the false reality of social media, and psychopaths (real ones).

 

Amy Plum & Lenore Appelhans Show Notes

Vermont College of Fine Arts

SCBWI

J.R.R. Tolkien

Madelein L’Engle, A WRINKLE IN TIME

Robert A. Heinlein (SF writer)

Isaac Asimov

C.S. Lewis

Ursula LeGuin

Emma Trevayne, CODA

 

Flatliners (movie)

Wes Craven’s THEY (movie)

The Far Side by Gary Larson

 

Direct download: Amy_Plum__Lenore_Appelhans.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:19pm PST

Pour a glass of wine to keep up with me and Kendare Blake, author of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, the Goddess War series, SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, and the forthcoming THREE DARK CROWNS (due out in 2016), as we talk about her training as a stock trader, screeds about Superman, and living with anxiety.

Kendare Blake Show Notes

Stephen King, On Writing

Anne Rice, Prince Lestat

Fear Street, Freeze Tag

Silent Hill (video game)

Supernatural (TV show)

 

 

Direct download: Kendare_Blake.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:28pm PST

Pour a strong drink and leave your denim culottes at home for this conversation with Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, who together make up blogging and writing duo the Fug Girls (of Go Fug Yourself)! We talk about how terrible the new X Files is going to be, hear behind the scenes stories about America’s Next Top Model, talk writing as a team, and ask the universe for an oral history of how Summer '07 was the best time Hollywood gossip ever.

 

Fug Girls Show Notes

Pamela Ribon

Television Without Pity (previously Mighty Big TV)

Tough Enough (MTV show)

Judging Amy

BrilliantButCancelled.com

Wolf Lake (TV show)

Linda Holmes, NPR's pop culture reporter

Richard Glatzer (director, Still Alice)

Morgan Spurlock

Sleepover (movie)

Brooks Barnes (formerly WSJ, New York Times)

The Royals (TV show)

Fug Girls articles on The Toast

Direct download: Heather_Cocks_and_Jessica_Morgan_the_Fug_Girls_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:59pm PST

Get red lipstick and fill up a goblet to enjoy this chat, wherein Leigh Bardugo, New York Times best-selling author of The Grisha series and the newest book in that world, SIX OF CROWS, talks about being a childhood outsider, making rules for magic, and profesh makeup tips.

Leigh Bardugo Show Notes

Inside Out (film)

DUNE by Frank Herbert

Jacqueline Kerry, author of KUSHIEL'S DART

Ava Dellaira

Aziz Ansari and Eric Klineberg, MODERN ROMANCE

NK Jemisin

Writing with Color

 

Direct download: Leigh_Bardugo.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:55am PST

For the first First Draft Live event on October 30, Marie Lu (NYT best-selling author of the LEGEND trilogy, THE YOUNG ELITES and its sequel, THE ROSE SOCIETY), Margaret Stohl (NYT best-selling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, author of ICONS, IDOLS, and of Marvel's Black Widow's YA adaptation, FOREVER RED), Anna Carey (author of the EVE trilogy, and YA thriller BLACKBIRD and its sequel DEADFALL), and Kali Wallace (debut author of SHALLOW GRAVES, due out in January 2016!) got together at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena to talk about scary stories and why we love them.

Also! Listen to full First Draft interviews with Marie Lu; Margaret Stohl; and Anna Carey.

I want to thank three local authors and members of the First Draft Live team for making this possible: Elissa Sussman (author of STRAY and its forthcoming sequel, BURN); Maurene Goo (author of SINCE YOU ASKED and a forthcoming K-Drama rom-com due in 2017); and Kirsten Hubbard (author of middle grade series WATCH THE SKY and its forthcoming sequel RACE THE NIGHT, and YA books WANDERLOVE and LIKE MANDARIN).

Direct download: First_Draft_Live.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08pm PST

Join me and Samantha Mabry, debut author of A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON*, in Dallas discussing JFK assassination conspiracy theories, grandmothers warnings about witches, and being close but not too close to dangerous things.

*Note: In the show, Sam refers to A FIERCE AND SUBTLE poison by its earlier title, LEAVES.

Samantha Mabry Show Notes

LIBRA by Don Delillo

Annie Dillard

Jo Ann Beard

Susan Orlean

HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabelle Alende

Louise Erdrich

Salman Rushdie

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dennis Covington, SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN

Most Haunted (TV show)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHTER

Esmerelda Santiago CONQUISTADORA

William Carlos Williams, The Fountain of Eternal Youth (essay)

Donald Judd (NY based artist who built Marfa)

Cormanc McCarthy

Direct download: Samantha_Mabry.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:22pm PST

Join me in chatting with Stephanie Kuehnert, author of BALLADS OF SUBURBIA and I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE and a forthcoming memoir of her teen years. We talk about promises made to cats, heart cities, and Riot Grrl.

Stephanie Kuehnert Show Notes

Richard Hugo House

Story Studio (Chicago, IL)

The Replacements

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Riot Grrl

Girl Power! by Hillary Carlip

Stephanie’s essays on Rookie

Sleater-Kinney

Francesca Lia Block

 

Joe Meno, HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED

Susie X, illiustrator

The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD

Pete Holmes’ podcast, You Made It Weird

 

Direct download: Stephanie_Kuehnert_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:33am PST

Amy Lukavics, debut author of YA horror DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, talks about the appeal of truly scary stories, creepy kids, the tiny details that can drive an entire story, and “candy bar” scenes.

 

Amy Lukavics Show Notes

Kirsten Hubbard

PAINT IT BLACK by Janet Fitch

GOOSEBUMPS, FEAR STREET, R.L. Stine

FULL DARK, NO STARS Stephen King

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters (listen to her First Draft interview)

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Tucholke

Katy Perry “California Gurls

The Red Dragon (movie)

The Woman in Black (movie)

Stephanie Perkins’ Love List

Storm of the Century, written by Stephen King

MISERY by Stephen King

Laura Ingalls Wilder

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK by Alvin Schwarz

AbsoluteWrite.com

Sumayyah Daud (listen to her First Draft interview)

Kody Keplinger THE DUFF

 

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson

 

Direct download: Amy_Lukavics_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:01am PST

Talking to Aaron Hartzler, author of WHAT WE SAW (out Sept. 22!) and RAPTURE PRACTICE, about YA memoir, desert hippies, and taking others off the hook for your happiness.

Aaron Hartzler Show Notes

Teen Read Week

Ellen Hopkins

Nicky Weinstock

DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt

The New Yorker: The Lessons of Steubenville; Life After Steubenville; Trial by Twitter

Dan Savage

Josh Sundquist WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME: EMBARRASSINGLY, A TRUE STORY

Paige Rawl, Ali Benjamin POSITIVE: A MEMOIR

POPULAR: VINTAGE WISDOM FOR A MODERN GEEK by Maya Van Wagenen

Nic Sheff TWEAK: GROWING UP ON METHAMPHETAMINES

Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor of YA & MG books at Delacorte

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie

Michael Bourret, agent with DGLM

Andrew Smith

GLASS CASTLE Jeanette Walls

Julia Sweeny, IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S YOUR MOTHER

Ira Glass, This American Life

Billy Ray, screenwriter

Holly Goldberg Sloan, COUNTING BY 7S

Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER (listen to her First Draft interview here)

New Yorker article: The Scourge of Relatability

Melissa de la Cruz OFF THE BOAT

Malinda Lo

A.S. King

Tim Federle

David Leviathan, HOLD ME CLOSER: THE TINY COOPER STORY, and Tiny Cooper musical

GODLESS by Pete Hautman

Laura McNeal DARK WATER

FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

Maria Semple THIS ONE IS MINE, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE

Natalie Goldberg WRITING DOWN THE BONES

Anne Lamott BIRD BY BIRD: SOME INSTRUCTIONS ON WRITING AND LIFE

Direct download: Aaron_Hartzler_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:29am PST

Do you know the difference between a blacksmith and a ferrier? Mackenzi Lee, debut author of THIS MONSTROUS THING (out Sept. 22!), does! Learn about that, Mary Shelley, and so much more in our Harvard Square conversation!

 

Mackenzi Lee Show Notes

The Coop in Harvard Square

Pirates of the Caribbean (movie)

THE STRANGER by Albert Camus

The War of the Roses

Avi, author of THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE, and CRISPIN: THE CORSS OF LEAD

Richard Peck, A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO

THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

Margaret Murphy (British crime fiction)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma

THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke

LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld

Mary Wollstonecraft A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

THE LADY AND HER MONSTERS by Roseanne Montillo

BONES AND ALL by Camille DeAngelis

THE ART OF ASKING by Amanda Palmer

Direct download: Mackenzi_Lee_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:17pm PST

Nicola Yoon, debut author of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, talks about her secret foosball skills, the mix tape that won her husband over, and the 4 AM fish that turned her book into an unusual story.

 

Nicola Yoon Show Notes

Nicola Yoon’s one-sentence story on The Butter by Roxanne Gay

Life is Strange (video game)

Final Fantasy (video game)

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Wendy WunderTHE PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES

Charlotte Huang FOR THE RECORD

The Fearless 15ers

SCBWI

Brandy Colbert

Veronica Roth, her First Draft Podcast

Harold and Kumar (movie)

Before Sunrise (movie)

Direct download: Nicola_Yoon.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:51am PST

Take a siesta with fast-talking goofball C. Alexander London, author of new middle grade series THE WILD ONES, talk diverse sci-fi with smooth-talker Alex London, and even get a glimpse of the elusive non-fiction writer Charles London in the first interview with a built-in drinking game! Also: adorable dog noises.

C Alexander London Show Notes

IT by Stephen King

REDWALL by Brian Jacques

Refugees International

Anna Freud child psychologist

Robert Coles child psychiatrist at Harvard

THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

ONE DAY THE SOLDIERS CAME by Charles London

Sterling Lord

Jack Kerouac

Walter Lord A NIGHT TO REMEMBER and DAY OF INFAMY

Blood Diamond (movie)

Chris Crutcher

Scott Westerfeld

Upton Sinclair THE JUNGLE

David Levithan

Truman National Security Fellowship

Affluenza

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card (and his homophobia)

GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin

Rick Riordan

Cassandra Clare

Veronica Roth

THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson

THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu

Tim Federhle BETTER NATE THAN EVER

GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky

Direct download: C_Alexander_London.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:15am PST

In which I refer to the trajectory of the life of Adi Alsaid, author of LET’S GET LOST and NEVER, ALWAYS, SOMETIMES as his “plot line,” we discuss the power of imaginary places, and he answers my hundreds of questions about being trilingual. Enjoy!

Adi Alsaid Show Notes

ABC Children’s Institute

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Stephen King

Kurt Vonnegut

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Emilia Rhodes with Alloy Entertainment

Katie McGarry

She’s All That (movie)

Meg Wolitzer

Ellen Oh

Jandy Nelson

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton

Victoria Schwab

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertali

Direct download: Adi_Alsaid.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:24am PST

Little did I know when I met up with Brandy Colbert, author of POINTE and LITTLE AND LION, due out 2017, that I was meeting my future roommate and one of my best writing buddies. She's the cat's pajamas, and I hope you enjoy our convo as much as I did!

Brandy Colbert Show Notes

Sweet Valley High

Clueless (movie)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Verla Kay's Blue Boards

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers

LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott

Center Stage (movie)

Brandy’s post on Nova Ren Suma’s blog about the book of her heart

I Know My First Name Is Steven (movie)

ZZ Packer DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE

Colson Whitehead SAG HARBOR

Coe Booth

Varian Johnson

Matt de la Pena

Jacqueline Woodson

Judy Blume’s IGGIE’S HOUSE

Tina Wexler

Direct download: Brandy_Colbert_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:28am PST

Drink 'em if you got 'em: Join me and Sarah McCarry (aka The Rejectionist), author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, DIRTY WINGS, and the third book in the trilogy, ABOUT A GIRL, as we talk about mosh pits, the gift of anonymity, and waiting for the end of the world in a temperate rain forest. HEADS UP -- this interview has significant background noise, so I'm providing a transcript of our entire conversation (even more than appears in the audio episode)!

 

Sarah McCarry Show Notes

HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt

TAM LIN by Pamela Dean

Sara Goodman at St Martin’s

THE INTERN (aka Hilary T Smith, listen to her First Draft interview here)

Nathan Bransford’s blog

Miss Snark

Kelly Link

Elizabeth Hand

Francesca Lia Block WEETZIE BAT

Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

Gift (movie) 

Jane’s Addiction (band)

GIRL WALKING BACKWARDS by Bett Williams

TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES by Joy Nicholson

Sarah Hannah Gomez, Sumayyah Daud (her First Draft interview), Kaye 

Guillotine 

Bojan Louis

 

Kim Gordon

Direct download: Sarah_McCarry_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:49pm PST

Nina LaCour, author of Morris Award nominated HOLD STILL, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, and EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU, is a freaking delight. Join us as we discuss west coast travels, novels springing from one beautiful sentence, and Nina’s story about a school visit that makes me cry every time I hear it.

 

Nina LaCour Show Notes

John Green LOOKING FOR ALASKA

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

FAT KID RULES THE WORLD by K.L. Going

THE FIRST PART LAST by Angela Johnson

FOREVER by Judy Blume

Zoetrope All Story fiction contest

Joan Didion

Michele Bachmann

Southern Poverty Law Council 

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Stephanie Perkins

Sarah Dessen

Katie Byron

Like Crazy (movie)

 

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertali

Direct download: Nina_LaCour_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:16am PST

Apply SPF 70 and get into the shade with me and John Corey Whaley, author of Printz and Morris award-winning WHERE THINGS COME BACK and National Book Award finalist for NOGGIN, while we talk about vague endings in teenage stories, the magic of librarians, and when books just don’t work.

John Corey Whaley Show Notes

Printz Award

Morris Award

Jessica Love, and her First Draft interview

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth (her First Draft podcast interview)

Maggie Stiefvater

Daniel Handler

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

Holly Goldberg Sloan COUNTING BY SEVENS

Direct download: John_Corey_Whaley_1.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:25am PST

Find a spot to sit in the sun and enjoy my conversation with the lovely Robin Benway, author of AUDREY, WAIT!, THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY & JUNE, the ALSO KNOWN AS series, and EMMY AND OLIVER, out now!

 

Robin Benway Show Notes

Rob Roberge, author and teacher at UCLA extension

Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA

David Leviathan THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

My So-Called Life (TV Show)

Freaks and Geeks (TV Show)

Rachel Cohn, author of YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME and others, and co-author of DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES

Rooney’s “I’m a Terrible Person” (song)

Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, The SmithsSuede

Jennifer Rudolph Walsh

Ally Carter (Heist Society series)

Morgan Matson

Article with Joss Whedon  (inspiration for Firefly)

Sara Zarr

Stephanie Perkins ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

John Green THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Direct download: Robin_Benway.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:02pm PST

Holy Harry Potter superfans, it’s Adam Silvera! He calls himself tall for no reason, but I think the reason is he is solidly 6 foot something worth of awesome. Grab a comfy chair and enjoy my delightful chat with the debut author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT about his self-made MFA, reppin’ the Bronx, and the theme of choice in all our lives.

Adam Silvera Show Notes 

Charmed (TV show)

Supernatural (TV show)

SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

Brooks Sherman, Adam’s agent

Hannah Ferguson, literary agent

WINGER by Andrew Smith

Erin Bowman

Figment.com

Shelf Awareness

Paper Lantern Lit

Lauren Oliver

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIEN AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

David Arnold (MOSQUITOLAND)

MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga

THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison

Joseph Delaney THE LAST APPRENTICE

Heidi Schulz HOOK’S REVENGE

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster

THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

Courtney C. Stevens FAKING NORMAL

Victoria Schwab 

 

Julie Murphy SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY

Direct download: Adam_Silvera.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:41pm PST

Settle in somewhere quiet and contemplate the beauty around you with Hilary T Smith, author of WILD AWAKE and A SENSE OF THE INFINITE, out May 19! 

Hilary T Smith Show Notes

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BIPOLAR BUT WERE TOO FREAKED OUT TO ASK

Hilary’s guest post on YA Highway about how to be a nomad

DUNE by Frank Herbert

Direct download: Hilary_T_Smith.output_1.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:29am PST

Petite in stature, big in life experience and YA book feels, join me and Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEE, and MAKING PRETTY, out May 12, as we talk acting, traveling, loneliness, and the shifting, shifty concept of “work.”

Corey Ann Haydu Show Notes

Sylvia Plath

Corey’s essay on loneliness

SAVVY by Ingrid Law

LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow

RULES FOR STEALING STARS, Corey's new middle grade book, due out September 2015

Susan Van Metre, teacher at the New School MFA program

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson

 

THE LAST OF THE REALLY GREAT WHANGDOODLES by Julie Andrews Edwards

Direct download: Corey_Ann_Haydu.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:59am PST

Get your taste buds ready for a walk through a farmer’s market, and a kitchen-based adventure with Kristin Halbrook, author of NOBODY BUT US and EVERY LAST PROMISE (out now!). 

Kristin Halbrook Show Notes

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

BALLADS OF SUBURBIA by Stephanie Kuehnert

Bechdel Test

HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff

JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

HOW TO WRITE THE BREAK OUT NOVEL by Donald Maass

 

Direct download: Kristin_Halbrook_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:24pm PST

Join me and Erin Bowman, author of the TAKEN trilogy—the final book, FORGED, is out now!—and the forthcoming VENGEANCE ROAD as we talk imposter syndrome, the lasting impact of Harry Potter, and how the Internet made living in the woods way less lonely.

Erin Bowman Show Notes

Gibson’s bookstore

REWORK (book about startups) by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Pub Rants, Kristin Nelson’s agency website

Nathan Brantford

Caroline Richmond

Sara Crowe

Sarah J. Maas

Susan Dennard

Pub(lishing) Crawl

Firefly (TV show)

Gillian Flynn

Tana French

 

STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon

Direct download: Erin_Bowman_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44am PST

Get yourself a Big Gulp of caffeine and sit back as Amy Spalding, author of THE REECE MALCOLM LIST, INK IS THICKER THAN WATER, and KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS), out April 7, talks discovering voice, diving into experiences that scare you, and how soon her books will let you travel every neighborhood in LA without leaving the couch.

Amy Spalding Show Notes

THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot

Lois Lowry

Studio City tattoo (Mike Erwin)

NICK AND NORA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Easy A (film)

LOST

 

Style Smoothie

Direct download: Amy_Spalding_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:27pm PST

Join me as I chat with Amy Tintera, author of REBOOT and REBEL, and the forthcoming RUINED series (due out Summer 2016!), about how screenplays are more than just dialogue, living in every time zone in the U.S., and embarking on new starts.

Amy Tintera Show Notes

Garden State (movie)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

Nathan Bransford, QuerySharkAbsolute Write

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J Maas

GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson

GAME OF THRONES by George R R Martin

IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins

Aaron Sorkin

Burning Man

Kirsten Hubbard

Amy Spalding

Corrine Duyvis

eShakti.com

Kiera Cass

Liz Norris

 

Aprilynne Pike

Direct download: Amy_Tintera_3.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:23pm PST

Grab a Fiji water and a pillow mint and imagine you’re in a Boston hotel room with me and Veronica Roth, author New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT series, as we talk about writing being the way grown-ups get to play pretend, embracing critique, and marveling at people who think first drafts are fun.

Direct download: Veronica_Roth_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:12pm PST

Join me and Jessica Love, author of PUSH GIRL and the forthcoming IN REAL LIFE, as we hang with her dogs on a sun-soaked southern California balcony to talk pen pals, world travels, and hear what slang the kids are using these days.

Jessica Love Show Notes

Brand New “Sic Transit Gloria” the inspiration for her first NaNo book 

Punchline (band) “Ghostie,” “Universe

Blue of Colors (band) “Your Face” 

THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen

Spalding University 

STORY by Robert McFee

THE ART OF FICTION by John Gardner

Push Girls on Sundance

Catfish (TV show)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

Sumayyah Daud

Jessica BS (@JeskuhBS)

Rainbow Rowell

500 Days of Summer (movie)

BEAUTIFUL ADDICTIONS by Season Vining

Melissa Landers YA sci-fi (four adult romances under Macy Beckett)

 

Direct download: Jessica_Love.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:57am PST

One of my favorite humans, Kate Hart is author of AFTER THE FALL, due out in 2016 from FSG, and is basically everywhere on the internet. She and I took a break from a marathon Twilight series re-watch to talk witches and talking birds, what a gross word “networking” is, and finding the courage to tell our stories. Also Twilight.

 

Kate Hart Show Notes

Badass Ladies You Should Know (my interview here!)

Field Trip Friday

YA cover statistics

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Tim O’Brien

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle

Absolute Write

Katie Alender

Corinne Jackson

Myra McEntire

Kirsten Hubbard

Kate's agent Michelle Andelman

Natural State Treehouses, Kate's family treehouse business! 

R&R = revise and resubmit

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Sylvia Plath

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor 

Stacked, librarian book blog

 

Kelly Jensen

Direct download: Kate_Hart_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:20am PST

Imagine yourself in sunny San Diego as Stephanie Diaz, author of EXTRACTION and its sequel, REBELLION, out February 10, talks about moving from film to books, querying before high school, and the scary reality of moving cross-country.

Stephanie Diaz Show Notes

THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

HIS DARK MATERIALS by Phillip Pullman

IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman

Cristin Terrill

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner THIS SHATTERED WORLD, and its sequel, THESE BROKEN STARS

Firefly (TV show)

LEGEND by Marie Lu

Battlestar Galactica

WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard

 

OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

Direct download: Stephanie_Diaz_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:03am PST

Grab a seat poolside with Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER, DEAD ENDS, and the forthcoming REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH, as she talks about abandoning the Midwest, the lasting impacts of bullying, and her personal vendetta against "Larry" McAfee.

Erin Jade Lange Show Notes

Dark Heart (from Care Bears)

John McAfee

Abraham Biggs

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ilsa Bick (ASHES)

 

Gemma Burgess (agent)

Direct download: Erin_Jade_Lange_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:35pm PST

Have a sunny afternoon coffee with me and Victoria Aveyard, debut author of RED QUEEN (out Feb. 10!), as we discuss the Venn diagram of her screenwriting and author careers, why Hollywood won’t make the next Star Wars without novelists, and Pokemon (obviously)!

Victoria Aveyard Show Notes

FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY by E.L. James

WOOL by Hugh Howey

Suzie Townsend, Pouya Shahbazian, and Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary

Gennifer Hutchison, screenwriter for THE RED QUEEN

Looper (film)

Direct download: Victoria_Aveyard_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:10pm PST

Take a champagne break as I chat with Megan Shepherd, author of A COLD LEGACY, the final installment of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER series (out Jan. 27), about the magic of Asheville, Jack versus Sawyer, and the allure of historical fantasy over mimosas!

Megan Shepherd Show Notes

Beth Revis, Meagan Spooner

Blog post of Megan’s YA book event at her parents’ book store

STOLEN by Lucy Christopher

Alvina Ling (Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown)

THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU by H.G. Wells

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

FEAR STREET by R.L. Stine

THE CAGE, the first book in Megan’s next series, out May 26!

The Chocolate Lounge in Asheville

Malaprops

Direct download: Megan_Shepherd.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:44am PST

I was in nerd heaven chatting with Margaret Stohl, co-author of the New York Times best-selling BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, author of ICONS and IDOLS, and hard at work at the YA novel based on Marvel’s Black Widow. The frenetic energy of an evil genius, and the degrees to match, Margie talked  about her experiences being the only girl in the room for her years running a video game company, always checking wardrobes for Narnia, and the origin of YALLFest/YALLWest.

Margaret Stohl Show Notes

Y’ALLFest

Tiger Beat

Y’ALLWest

Psuedonymous Bosch 

Jeffrey Wright (actor)

Eudora Welty

William WordsworthClark Coolidge

Ron Howard (actor/director)

Zork: NemesisZork: Grand Inquisitor (video games)

Melissa de la Cruz

Kami Garcia

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C.S. Lewis

THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper

Diana Wynne Jones

Apocalypse (video game)

Gayle Forman

CHILDHOOD’S END by Arthur C. Clarke

Marie Lu

Ned Vizzini (his obituary)

Cassandra Clare

Fracesca Lia Block

HARRY BOSCH series by Michael Conneley

Holly Black

Carrie Ryan

Melissa Marr

Kelley Armstrong

Romantic Times

Jonathan Sanchez, Blue Bicycle Books

 

Kwame Alexander

Direct download: Margaret_Stohl_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:24am PST

YA author Julie Murphy, who wrote SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and has a new book, DUMPLIN’, coming out this year from Balzer + Bray, meets me in Texas to talk epic homecoming mums, unlikeable characters, and how she thought Twilight was a boy band.

Julie Murphy Show Notes

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Drop Dead Gorgeous (film)

TITHE by Holly Black

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr

Kristin Travenio (Irving County Library YA librarian)

Blue Valentine (film)

Jolene” by Dolly Parton

 

Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray

Direct download: Julie_Murphy_2.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:50am PST

Katie Coyle, debut author of VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, talks about how Thorin Oakenshield taught her she wasn’t cut out to act, writing ghosts and magic into her hometown, and how Neil Gaiman gave her her big break.

 

Katie Coyle Show Notes

Katie’s wedding picture in which she and her friend re-enact THE HOBBIT

PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link

Neil Gaiman’s tumblr

The Young Writer’s Prize by Hot Key Press

Cathy Day, represented by Sarah Burnes, professor at Pitt

Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANK LANDAU BANKS by E Lockhart

Tavi from Rookie

Welcome to Nightvale

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith

Direct download: Katie_Coyle.m4a
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:14pm PST

Boisterous, eloquent, and just the tiniest bit zany, Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of TANTALIZE and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME, took me out for tacos and taught me a thing or twelve. I loved hearing her wise words on diversity in YA, paying it forward with newer writers, and writing 200 drafts of a single picture book.

 

Cynthia Leitich Smith Show Notes

Dear Sugar

Kathi Appelt  and Austin SCBWI

Greg Leitich Smith

Varian JohnsonDon Tate

Brett Hartman

JINGLE DANCER

Ming Doyle, illustrator for Cynthia’s graphic novels

Deborah Noyse at Candlewick press (editor)

SANTA KNOWS illustrated by Steve Bjorkman (edited by Mark McVeigh at Dutton)

HOLLER LOUDLY

TWILIGHT

Joss Whedon

FERAL PRIDE

Sara Zarr 

Ellen Oh’s post on Cynsations

FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg

Judy Blume

 

Direct download: Cynthia_Leitich_Smith.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:36pm PST

Myra McEntire, author of the HOURGLASS series, is as refreshing as a cool glass of sweet tea, and it was a joy to sit with her and talk British TV, living with intention, and handling life’s unexpected curveballs. 

 

Myra McEntire Show Notes

The Kingsport Mets

Trixie Belden series 

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

WTF With Marc Maron (podcast)

Stuff You Should Know (podcast)

Stuff You Missed In History Class (podcast)

The Spy Museum podcast, SpyCast

Mental Illness Happy Hour (podcast)

The Domestic CEO (podcast)

Get It Done Guy's Quick Dirty Tips (podcast)

The Savvy Psychologist (podcast)

Welcome to Night Vale (podcast)

SIMS homeless blog, Alice and Kev, The Story of Being Homeless in The SIMS 3

Horton Foote

Keeping Up Appearnces (BBC sitcom)

Absolutely Fabulous

Vampire Diaries

Kevin Williamson (writer for VD)

SUPERFUDGE by Judy Blume

Stephanie Perkins

THE SHADOW GATE, Myra McEntire’s middle grade series on Storybird with Molly O’Neill

Veronica Roth

CJ Redwine, Jodi Meadows, MG BuehrlenCourtney C Stevens (hear Court's podcast interview here!)

Direct download: Myra_McEntire_3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:51am PST

The delightful Alison Cherry, author of RED and FOR REAL (out December 9!) talks traumatic revision experiences, life foreshadowing, “guerrilla friending” — and her cats give us some all-star background purring.

 

Alison Cherry Show Notes

Author Solutions

Literary agent Holly Root

Strauss opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow)

Lorrie Moore

Harvard Bookstore

CHAOS WALKING trilogy by Patrick Ness

Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor at Random House Children's Books/Delacorte Press 

The Amazing Race

Project Greenlight

Survivor

Pete Holmes

Caela CarterMY BEST FRIEND MAYBE

Corey Ann Haydu

Kirsten Hubbard

Lindsay Ribar

Kara Thomas (Taylor)

Maureen Johnson, "Don't be afraid to suck."

 

Holly Root, "Keep your eyes on your own paper."

Direct download: Alison_Cherry_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:43pm PST

Talking with the wise and lovely Courtney C. Stevens, author of FAKING NORMAL and THE BLUE-HAIRED BOY, about building a writing community, writing how rock climbing made her a better writer.

Courtney C Stevens Show Notes

Stephenie Meyer

SCBWI

Ruta Sepetys and Sharon Cameron

Harper Impulse series

Rae Ann Parker, Kristin TubbHannah Dills 

Margie Lawson

Direct download: Courtney_C_Stevens.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:28am PST

Talking to Kaitlin Ward, whose debut novel BLEEDING EARTH is due out in Fall 2015, about the SIMS, teen horror, how she recovered from losing her first agent, and what video games inspire her.

 

Kaitlin Ward Show Notes

WHEEL OF TIME series by Robert Jordan

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Phillip Pullman

REDWALL by Brian Jacques

MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

ERAGON by Christopher Paolini

Realmz

The SIMS

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

Absolute Write

YA Highway

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (and the sequel, PLEASE REMAIN CALM)

Goosebumps, Fear StreetChristopher Pike

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Michelle Schusterman (listen to her First Draft interview here!)

ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

Upton Sinclair

Direct download: Kaitlin_Ward_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:05pm PST

I meet up with Stephanie Kuehn at a lovely holiday retreat in Vermont, where she set her Morris-award-winning debut, CHARM AND STRANGE. Steph is deeply thoughtful and incredibly silly in equal measure, which makes her simply delightful. As we sat on a back porch with kids playing in a nearby hammock, we talked about Steph’s boarding school days, romanticizing Vermont, movie making, how starting to run gave her the confidence to start writing, and the experience of winning the Morris Award. I also refer to Mark Zuckerberg as a “millionaire.” Sorry for the downgrade, Zucks.

Stephanie Kuehn Show Notes

Debra Driza

Corrine Jackson

Veronica Roth

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt

COMMITTING JOURNALISM by Dannie Martin and Peter Y. Sussman

Dannie Martin

The Wicker Man (film)

The Conformist (film)

Vertigo (film)

Direct download: Stephanie_Kuehn_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:40am PST

The conversation continues, with Libba Bray, Printz award-winning YA author of THE DIVINERS and GOING BOVINE, discussing how she came to children's literature, the struggle to balance honesty with self-preservation, and writing with depression.

Libba Bray Part 2 Show Notes

Laurie Halse Anderson

David Levithan

Rachel Cohn

Francesca Lia Block

Angela Johnson

Aaron Zimmerman, New York Writers Coalition

Ann Brashares

Sweet Sixteen

Cecily von Ziegesar

Holly Black

SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder

Save The Movie, by Peter Suderman in Slate (the "why are all movies the same?" article)

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Scott Westerfeld

Justine Larbalestier

John Green

Nova Ren Suma

Robin Wasserman

Emily Lockhart

Maureen Johnson

Barry Lyga

C. Alexander (Sandy) London

Adele Griffin

Matt de la Pena

Shannon Hale

Sara Zarr

Jon Skovron

Maggie Stiefvater

Judy Blume

"Miles and Miles of No Man's Land," Libba Bray’s post about depression

Stephanie Perkinsblog post about depression

"The Shame of Depression," by Myra McEntire

HELTER SKELTER by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

 

CARRIE by Stephen King

Direct download: Libba_Bray_Part_2_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:35pm PST

The only thing better than getting to chat with YA icon Libba Bray (author of New York Times best-selling series A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, Printz award-winner GOING BOVINE, and genuinely terrifying historical paranormal THE DIVINERS, among others) about writing was getting to chat with her about life. Libba is as hilarious as she is wise, and our conversation was so fun, I decided to cut it into two parts rather than leave an hour or more on the cutting-room floor. In this episode, Libba talks about having her rock collection stolen as a kid, that one time Wes Anderson helped stage a play she wrote, and talks about how growing up in Texas set her head at a certain tilt.

Libba Bray Show Notes

Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa

Citizen Kane

The Legend of Boggy Creek

The Planet of the Apes

American Gigolo

The Exorcist

Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe

Lois Lowry (her BEA speech)

CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster

Aaron Sorkin

Harold Pinter

The Thin Man

Bringing Up Baby

The Marx brothers

Neil Simon plays

Woody Allen

Pitch Perfect

Agent Sarah Burnes

No Country For Old Men

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford

Rushmore

David Sedaris

Johnny Thunders

Singin’ In The Rain

Fitness Focus Form and Function with Marky Mark

Richard Simmons

Cindy Crawford

THE LAMB WHO SAVED EASTER 

Peter Marks, theater critic of the New York Times and the Washington Post

New York International Film Festival

Mawkish

Direct download: Libba_Bray_Part_1_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:36am PST

Meeting with Natalie Standiford was like stepping into a world where all my teen fantasies about what life as a writer would look like (amazing NY apartment, effortlessly chic clothes, a separate office with built-in shelves and a bass amp in the corner). It was only made better by the fact that Natalie’s books - HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE, CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS and so many more - are beautiful, thoughtful, and filled with quirky nuance, just like the books I dreamed (dream!) of writing. Natalie is so sweet and welcoming, and had wise, wise words about building up an immunity to writer’s block, writing about real-world fairylands, and finding creative release outside the written word.

 

Natalie Standiford Show Notes

FEAR STREET (THE CHEATER; LIGHTS OUT; THE SECRET; THE BURNING; THE FEAR STREET SAGA)

Sarah Burnes, agent at The Gernet Co., who represents Natalie (and me!)

Annie Hall, film

Jane O’Connor, FANCY NANCY

Hilary Knight (illustrator of Eloise)

ASTRONAUTS ARE SLEEPING

Parachute Publishing

GOSSIP GIRL by Cecily von Ziegesar

THE CLIQUE by Lisi Harrison

THE DATING GAME by Natalie Standiford

Disney ELLE WOODS books

Harold and Maude (movie)

BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore and her blog post about starting over

Darcey Steinke, adult novelist

Rene Steinke

David Levithan, author and editor at Scholastic, the “camp counselor of the YA writers.”

Dan Ehrenhaft (Editorial Director, Soho Teen, guitarist of Tiger Beat)

Libba Bray (novelist, lead singer of Tiger Beat)

Barnabas (Barney) Miller (author, drummer of Tiger Beat)

 

Direct download: Natalie_Standiford_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:32am PST

Q&A Show Notes

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Jenn from Appleton video

NAME OF THE ROSE, Natasha Romanov comic by Marjorie Lu

Junot Diaz

BookPeople in Austin

The Strand in NYC

Parnassus Books in Nashville

The Last Bookstore in LA

Politics and Prose in D.C., and Modern Times coffeeshop

NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson (aka Gingerhaze)

Alison Cherry

 

HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Bosh

Direct download: Mini-Ep_QA.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:24am PST

Cat Winters, author of Morris Award finalist IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING (out Oct. 14!) is kind, thoughtful, and soft-spoken, but don’t be surprised if she tells you she was wandering the Oregon woods on the last full moon.

Cat Winters Show Notes

 

The Mandrell Sisters

The Smurfs

THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough

Judy Blume

REBECCA by Daphne Du Marier

SCBWI (The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)

Boardwalk Empire

The Watcher in the Woods (Disney movie)

Something Wicked This Way Comes (movie)

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR by Wylly Folk St. John

The Cottingly Sisters

The Man Who Believed In Fairies, article on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Tom Huntington

Kristen Lawrence Halloween Carols ("Dark Glass")

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

SLASHER GIRLS AND MONSTER BOYS from Jessica Garrison at Dial

DRACULA by Bram Stoker

Direct download: Cat_Winters_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Marie Lu is small only in a strictly physical sense. Her books are big - New York Times best-seller big - and her creativity, both as a novelist and an artist, is awe-inspiring. The written word taught Marie a new language, got her through high school, led her to take a chance on leading a creative life at a pivotal moment as college came to an end, and is now giving her the chance to see the world. Marie has truly inspiring things to say about when to recognize that you aren’t good enough for a story, how her visual thinking shows in her work, and what the push for diversity in YA has taught her.

Marie Lu Show Notes

IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Kristin Nelson, Marie’s agent

Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference

The graphic novel of Rachelle Mead’s VAMPIRE ACADEMY 

Heather Brewer’s vampire series, EIGHTH GRADE BITES

Kaari with Caravan Studios

Rainbow Rowell’s project writing a graphic novel

Kiersten White and Jim DiBartolo on IN THE SHADOWS

#WeNeedDiverseBooks

Ellen Oh

THE JOY LUCK CLUB by Amy Tan

"Yes, No, Meh" With Marie and Veronica Roth on CNN

Direct download: Marie_Lu_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:33pm PST

A chat with Beth Revis, author of the New York Times best-selling ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series, including a new book from that world, THE BODY ELECTRIC, due out Oct. 7! Beth talks about the ten years she spent writing before her breakout novel, and how invaluable the writing community has been to keeping her sane. 

Beth Revis Show Notes

The Biltmore Estate

The Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis

Sweet Valley High series

The Babysitter’s Club series

THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

NIGHT by Elie Weisel

DEAD MAN’S HAND, edited by John Joseph Adams

PETTICOATS AND PISTOLS, edited by Jessica Spotswood

Firefly, television show

Jessica Spotswood, Marie LuAndrea Creamer 

Beth’s Pinterest board

PAPER HEARTS

Wattpad

HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh

 

RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

Direct download: Beth_Revis.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:08am PST

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

Claire Legrand (listen to her podcast interview here!)

Shel Silverstein

SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL by Louis Sachar and Adam McCauley

IN A DARK, DARK ROOM by Alvin Schwartz and Dirk Zimmer

Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner

The Tolkien quote about the "leaf-mould of the mind"

Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, Amie KaufmanErin Bowman

Direct download: Meagan_Spooner_3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:21am PST

Rachel Fershleiser Show Notes

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in NY

Eat Your Feelings: Stories of Food, Jews & Your Mom, with Jami Attenberg and friends

BooksmithBook People, and Tattered Cover (bookstores)

Stock Tips zine Kickstarter

Tumblr's Reblog Book Club

ELEANOR AND PARK and FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

Gingerhaze on Tumblr (Noelle Stevenson)

Simini Blocker on Tumblr

Ampersand from YadyKates on Etsy

YA Highway on Tumblr

WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign

GoBookYourself

I, Too, Am Harvard

Planned Parenthood Saved Me

Emily Schultz, author of JOYLANDSpending Stephen King’s Money

Maureen JohnsonCoverflip

 SO MUCH PRETTY by Cara Hoffman

President Obama Tumblr Q&A

YA author Leigh Bardugo

Hot Key Books Young Writers competition, previous winner Katie Coyle

Bookstalker

Last Night’s Reading

Emily Books

Emily Hughes, who runs Random House’s Tumblr

Veronica Roth

THE MAN OF MY DREAMS by Curtis Sittenfeld

Nick Harkaway

Jennifer Close

Tana FrenchGillian FlynnMegan AbbottLaura Lippman

THE UNKNOWNS by Gabriel Roth

CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki

NOBODY IS EVER MISSING by Catherine Lacey

HIGH AS THE HORSES' BRIDLES by Scott Cheshire

Emily Gould, author and co-owner of Emily Books

Celeste Ng, author

Direct download: Rachel_Fershleiser_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:34am PST

Gretchen McNeil, author of YA books POSSESSTEN3:59, 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

The 24 Italian Opera songs

TITHE by Holly Black

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr

Stanislavski acting questions

Nosferatu

Boris Karloff

Amy Lukavics

T.S. Ferguson (Amy's editor at Harlequin TEEN)

Stephanie Perkins

Leigh Bardugo

RT = Romantic Times Book Lover's Convention

ALA = American Library Association

Cindy Pon

Diane Setterfield, THE THIRTEENTH TALE

Direct download: Gretchen_McNeil_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:55am PST

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

KidLit authors Beverly ClearyDiana Wynne Jones, and Judy Blume

 

Authors of creeptastic things, Stephen King and V. C. Andrews

Direct download: Heidi_Schulz_2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:33pm PST

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

Direct download: Michelle_Schusterman.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:04am PST

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.

Direct download: Minisode-_QA.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:21pm PST

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

Janet Evanovich

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

Direct download: Kara_Taylor.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:03pm PST

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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The inaugural First Draft podcast! A discussion with the lovely Sumayyah Daud, 24-year old author of the forthcoming BEGIN AGAIN, about radical happiness, Bill Shakespeare’s butt jokes, and #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

 

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