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Ian Dawson On Writing Fiction From Personal Trauma

Ian Dawson On Writing Fiction From Personal Trauma

September 6, 2021

Today's guest is Ian Dawson, author of The Field and Midnight House, which are both loosely based on his own kidnapping and abuse as a child. We talk about the catharsis of addressing trauma through fiction, pushing the boundaries in the young adult genre, and knowing your goals when you choose to self-publish.

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Mary McCoy on Jumping Genres & Misleading Representations of Romantic Love in YA

Mary McCoy on Jumping Genres & Misleading Representations of Romantic Love in YA

August 16, 2021

Todays guest is Mary McCoy, author of Indestructible Object. We talk about jumping genres - why we do it, and if it helps - or hurts - our careers. Also covered: the representation of romantic love in the media in general, and YA in particular.

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Fauzia Burke on Building Your Online Platform & the Author as the Product

Fauzia Burke on Building Your Online Platform & the Author as the Product

March 1, 2021

Fauzia Burke of FSB Associates joined me to talk about how to build an online platform, the author as the product, social media, SEO, newsletters, building an author website, and the importance of fresh content.

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Anna Meriano On Writing YA With Roots In A Problematic Fandom

Anna Meriano On Writing YA With Roots In A Problematic Fandom

December 14, 2020

Today's guest is Anna Meriano, author of This Is How We Fly, a contemporary YA that focuses on a Muggle Quidditch team. Anna joined me today to talk about writing sports for young audiences, and how she navigated her debut being so closely tied to what has become a problematic fandom.

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Hayley Chewins Talks Writing Upper Middle Grade And How to Handle A Revise & Resubmit

Hayley Chewins Talks Writing Upper Middle Grade And How to Handle A Revise & Resubmit

October 12, 2020

Today's guest is Hayley Chewins, author of The Turnaway Girls and The Sisters of Staygarden Place. Hayley joined me to talk about writing upper middle grade, the process of enduring multiple revise and resubmit stages, and her class - 100 Ideas in 10 Days.

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Juan Pablo Villalobos On Writing Tough Non-Fiction For Teens

Juan Pablo Villalobos On Writing Tough Non-Fiction For Teens

December 9, 2019

Today’s guest is Juan Pablo Villalobos, author of The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border. Juan Pablo joined me today to talk about the experiences of young refugees, and his approach to compiling their stories. Also covered: using a narrative within non-fiction.

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Marie Miranda Cruz on Writing Tough Topics for Middle Grade

Marie Miranda Cruz on Writing Tough Topics for Middle Grade

September 23, 2019

Today’s guest is Marie Miranda Cruz, author of Everlasting Nora, an uplifting young reader debut about perseverance against all odds. Marie joined me to day to talk about the difficulty of querying a middle grade novel with complicated and heavy themes. Also covered: writing about tough topics for middle graders as a way to build empathy.

 

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T. Jefferson Parker On Knowing When To Leave A Character Behind

T. Jefferson Parker On Knowing When To Leave A Character Behind

September 2, 2019

Today’s guest is T. Jefferson Parker, the bestselling author of 13 stand alone noir crime novels, as well as three separate series featuring the characters Merci Rayborn, Charlie Hood and his latest, Roland Ford. He joined me today to talk about knowing when it’s time to create a new character, as well as the bittersweetness of leaving an old one behind. Also covered: the importance of setting in fiction, and how to create a place readers want to return to, what has changed in publishing over time, and how to stay invigorated as a writer.

 

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Melanie Crowder: Upper Middle Grade Vs. Young Adult

Melanie Crowder: Upper Middle Grade Vs. Young Adult

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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Tiffany Jackson: Setting Writing Goals

Tiffany Jackson: Setting Writing Goals

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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