Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire Where writers talk about things that never happened to people who don’t exist. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

October 16, 2017  

Today’s guest is Melanie Crowder, author of multiple YA and Middle Grade books, and a fellow 2013 debut. Melanie joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the pain of rejection, and how to view it as a learning experience that can help you become stronger, the fuzzy area of writing for upper middle grade versus writing YA, and tackling tougher subjects for that audience. Also covered: the power of writing for youth who are ready to change the world, the ability of SciFi and Fantasy to be more subversive than their counterparts, how difficult life can be for today’s youth, and why it’s important to tell their stories.

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The Captain’s Kid by Liz Coley

 

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October 9, 2017  

Today’s guest is Elsie Chapman, whose work includes the YA Sci-Fi series DUALED and DIVIDED, as well as the upcoming ALONG THE INDIGO. Born and raised in western Canada and a graduate of UBC with a degree in English Literature, Elsie Chapman currently lives in Tokyo with her family. 

Elsie joins host Mindy McGinnis  to talk about how so much of the pain of publishing goes unspoken, the luck of hitting a trend, the downside of that trend falling out of style, writing the book of your heart even when you know it might not get published, and putting together teams for theme focused anthologies.

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

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October 2, 2017  

Host Mindy McGinnis chats with guest Gwenda Bond, whose work includes the Lois Lane series, and the Cirque American series. She also co-writes the Supernormal Sleuthing Service with her husband author Christopher Rowe. She has written for Publishers Weekly, Locus, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, has been a guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Gwenda joined Mindy to talk about mentors who helped direct her path early on, the long wait of three years between becoming agented and her first sale, co-authoring a middle-grade series with her husband, and giving herself permission to not work constantly once she became a full-time author. 

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Tor Maddox Series by Liz Coley

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September 25, 2017  

In the September roundup episode host Mindy McGinnis shares how important research can be when writing fiction, even to the point of helping jump start the ever-frightening writer's block.

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Pretty-Girl 13 by Liz Coley

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September 18, 2017  

Mindy McGinnis welcomes Tiffany Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY. Tiffany talks about setting goals while in the query trenches, and how skills developed working in TV crossed over to writing fiction for Tiffany. She also shares about how a hurricane made her go unplugged and provided the backdrop she needed to produce that first book, and how interviewing girls in the juvenile justice system helped shape Allegedly.

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September 11, 2017  

Host Mindy McGinnis is joined by Jeff Zentner, author of the William C. Morris Award winning and Carnegie Medal longlisted book The Serpent King (2016). Jeff shares about how his love of music led him into a career as a novelist, drawing inspiration from people in real life to populate the pages of your fiction, and how to effectively write the opposite gender. 

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September 4, 2017  

Guest Madeleine Roux, New York Times Bestselling Author of the ASYLUM series, joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the neglect of genre fiction in the educational setting, her unique method of garnering an agent, the ever-present disdain of YA, the pressure of following up a New York Times Bestselling series, and the pain of having a project close to your heart not find its audience.

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July 24, 2017  

This month host Mindy McGinnis welcomed Middle Grade novelist and playwright Tara Dairman as well as Regional SCBWI Director and YA author Jody Casella. Listen to their episodes to learn about such topics as querying when you are already a published author, and how to use social media as an MG writer - which means your audience isn't necessarily online.

Also, learn about H.R. 1695 - the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. What is it, and why should you care?

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire will be taking a break during the month of August. New listeners, take the time to catch up on the 21 published episodes!

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July 17, 2017  

Today’s guest is Jody Casella, author and a former high school English teacher. Her YA novel Thin Space received a starred review from Kirkus. She blogs, reviews books, speaks at libraries and schools, and teaches workshops at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. She is the Regional Director of the Ohio Central/South region of SCBWI. Jody joined host Mindy McGinnis to talk about MFA’s, querying as an already published writer, the benefits of joining SCBWI - the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - and how attending book festivals geared for readers can also be beneficial to writers. 

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July 10, 2017  

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Today's guest is Tara Dairman whose debut novel All Four Stars, about an 11 y/o restaurant critic moonlighting for New York’s biggest newspaper was published in 2014, followed by The Stars of Summer and Stars So Sweet in 2015 and 2016. A new standalone middle-grade novel, The Great Hibernation, will hit the shelves on September 12.

Tara joined me to talk about how a contest helped her gain an invitation to query a closed agency, how to navigate social media when your target audience may not be there, and the question of who you write for when you write middle grade – the kids, or the gatekeepers? 

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