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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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Michael Tougias On Adapting His Own Work For Younger Audiences

Michael Tougias On Adapting His Own Work For Younger Audiences

February 10, 2020

Today’s guest is Michael Tougias, the author of many true rescue stories, including THE FINEST HOURS, which was adapted into a Disney film. His latest, INTO THE BLIZZARD has been adapted for middle grade readers from his adult non-fiction book about the Blizzard of 1978. Michael joined me today to talk about the difference between seeking publication with fiction versus non-fiction, and the challenge of adapting his own work for a younger audience. Also covered, research, and the process of interviewing your subjects face to face.

 

 

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3 Tips For World Building with Maram Taibah

3 Tips For World Building with Maram Taibah

January 13, 2020

Today’s guest is Maram Taibah, a fantasy writer, born in Montreal, Canada. She was raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which, at times, was the most unimaginative place. This pushed her to escape into books at a very early age and from there into the craft of storytelling. Her most recent publication is the children's steampunk book Weathernose. Maram is not only a fiction writer but also a screenwriter and filmmaker. In 2014 she made her first short film Munkeer and in 2016, Don’t Go Too Far, both of which were screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner. Maram joined me today to talk about how screenwriting can help you become a more concise novelist, as well as her three tips for world building. 

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Debbie Rigaud On The Value of Light Reads

Debbie Rigaud On The Value of Light Reads

October 21, 2019

Today’s guest is Debbie Rigaud, author of the YA Rom-com Truly, Madly, Royally. Debbie joined me to day to talk about the rejection journey being similar for scripts, magazine writing and novels, and the importance of community – especially that of women in publishing looking out for one another. Also covered: why a YA rom-com might be exactly what some readers need and co-authoring with activist Alyssa Milano.

  

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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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Research For Middle Grade Historicals & Incubation as Inspiration with Anne O’Brien Carelli

Research For Middle Grade Historicals & Incubation as Inspiration with Anne O’Brien Carelli

April 1, 2019

Today’s guest is Anne O’Brien Carelli author of Skylark and Wallcreeper, a middle grade story that alternates between Brooklyn in 2012 and the German-occupied town of Brume in 1944. Anne joined me today to talk about writing for children, and the amount of research required to write historical fiction – no matter the age, as well as using incubation and your subconscious to think your way around the sticky spots in your manuscript.

 

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How to Capture Middle Grade Voice With Tara Gilboy

How to Capture Middle Grade Voice With Tara Gilboy

October 22, 2018

Today’s guest is Tara Gilboy who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. Her middle grade novel, Unwritten, was published by Jolly Fish Press just this month. She teaches creative writing in San Diego Community College’s Continuing Education Program and for the PEN Writers in Prisons Program.

 Tara joined me today to talk about selling her book without an agent, and how to process criticism from critique partners. Also Covered: exercises to help you capture middle grade voice, and how to find critique partners both online and in real life. And, can writing be taught or is it intuitive?  

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May Roundup & Is It MG or YA?

May Roundup & Is It MG or YA?

May 28, 2018

A roundup of the months guests and topics, as well as some tips to help determine if your project is MG or YA.

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Liesl Shurtliff: Writing As A Job, Not A Hobby

Liesl Shurtliff: Writing As A Job, Not A Hobby

March 19, 2018

Today’s guest is Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times Bestselling author of middle novels Rump, Jack, Red and Grump, and the upcoming Mona Lisa Key, first in the Time Castaways trilogy. Liesl joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about being somewhat unaware of the success of her debut and the transition from writing being a hobby to becoming a job. Also: working in the same world for four novels… taxing on the creativity, or liberating on the world building? 

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Tricia Springstubb: Writing Chapter Books

Tricia Springstubb: Writing Chapter Books

March 5, 2018

Today’s guest is Tricia Springstubb, author of picture books, chapter books and novels for middle grade readers. She joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the transition of changing from being a lover of stories to a writer of them, and why she writes for the age groups she does, how she takes real life inspiration and uses them in her fiction, and the challenge of writing chapter books for the readers who are in between picture books and novels.

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