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August Roundup & Writing Unlikeable Characters

August Roundup & Writing Unlikeable Characters

August 27, 2018

A roundup of the guests and topics for the month, and Mindy's advice on writing unlikeable characters.

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

Midnight by Jeanna Armas

Overconfidence As An Aspiring Writer & The Disparaging of Genre Fiction: Lamar Giles

Overconfidence As An Aspiring Writer & The Disparaging of Genre Fiction: Lamar Giles

August 20, 2018

Today’s guest is Lamar Giles, a two-time Edgar Award finalist for his YA thrillers FAKE ID and ENDANGERED His third YA thriller, OVERTURNED received a glowing New York Times review. Lamar is a contributor to the YA anthology THREE SIDES OF A HEART and the editor of the forthcoming We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology FRESH INK.

Lamar joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the over confidence he had as a young writer, and how he took the time to reflect on 8 years worth of rejection before landed his agent in 2010 with his sixth novel. Also covered: diversity in publishing and how genre writing can be looked down upon, and the complexities of writing a book set in a city you are unfamiliar with, and how research can help you get… most things… right. 

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Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

 In A Flash by Melanie Faith 

Jessica Verdi On Writing About Hot-Button Issues

Jessica Verdi On Writing About Hot-Button Issues

August 13, 2018

Today’s guest is Jessica Verdi, author of the YA contemporary novels My Life After Now, The Summer I Wasn’t Me, What You Left Behind, as well as And She Was. Jess received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School and is a freelance editor of romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, YA, and kid lit

Jessica joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about querying a first novel, landing her agent, and breaking out of writing only one genre. Also covered: how Jessica handles hot button issues in her books, and the pushback that can come from writing about such topics, as well as the pros and cons of getting an MFA and why everyone needs an editor.

 

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

See All The Stars by Kit Frick 

Writing In The Mystery Genre With Lori Rader-Day

Writing In The Mystery Genre With Lori Rader-Day

August 6, 2018

Today’s guest is Lori Rader Day, winner of both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award. Lori joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the work that goes into a novel before you ever query it, the benefits of joining professional writing organizations, as well as the moving rung of what we deem success after being published. Also covered: how genre writing can be looked down upon, and how genre tags can build walls between readers and books they might enjoy.

 

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Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

Tribute by Chris Knoblaugh

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