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Farah Jasmine Griffin On Race and Politics & How Literature Illuminates Both

Farah Jasmine Griffin On Race and Politics & How Literature Illuminates Both

March 28, 2022

Farah Jasmine Griffin joined me today to talk about her new book from WW Norton, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and LiteratureAlso covered - the importance of education, freedom of political thought, book banning and the impact of literature on those whose voices are silenced. 

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Lauren Kate On Writing Within The Publishing Industry & Meeting Your Heroes

Lauren Kate On Writing Within The Publishing Industry & Meeting Your Heroes

March 21, 2022

Today's guest is Lauren Kate, author of By Any Other Name, a rom-com set within the publishing industry. Lauren joined me to talk about meeting your heroes, writing about writing, and how - and when - to separate the art from the author.

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Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

October 4, 2021

Today's guest is my own editor, Ben Rosenthal of Katherine Tegen Books. Ben joined me to talk about the misconceptions of the author / editor relationship, why there is such a long lead time in traditional publishing, and the difficulty of reading for pleasure when books are your job.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon On Letting Characters Drive Story

Sherrilyn Kenyon On Letting Characters Drive Story

October 14, 2019

Today's guest is Sherrilyn Kenyon, best-selling US writer of the Dark Hunter series. Sherilyn has published over 80 novels under her own name and also under the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor who writes historical fiction with paranormal elements.

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International Bestselling Author Jeffery Deaver On Using Setting as Character and His Newest Release - The Never Game

International Bestselling Author Jeffery Deaver On Using Setting as Character and His Newest Release - The Never Game

May 14, 2019

Today brings a special guest to the show. Number one internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver dropped by to talk about his newest release - The Never Game - which introduces a new series character, Colter Shaw. Also covered: character as setting, blending the world of survivalism with gaming, and writing a message without hitting your audience over the head with it.

 

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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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Write What You Know, How Contemporary Can Be A Good Fit For A First Time Novelist: An Interview with Abigail Johnson

Write What You Know, How Contemporary Can Be A Good Fit For A First Time Novelist: An Interview with Abigail Johnson

July 9, 2018

Today’s guest is Abigail Johnson, author of the YA contemporary titles EVEN IF I FALL, THE FIRST TO KNOW and IF I FIX YOU. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, and becoming a published author. Abigail speaks with host Mindy McGinnis about the process of getting an agent, how branding can limit your writing in some ways once you have a career,  the ease of world building when writing contemporary – not to be confused with the idea that writing YA is easy - and how Abigail’s accident shapes her unique perspective of life and people, and where to find her online.

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December Roundup & Tips For A Healthy Reading LIst

December Roundup & Tips For A Healthy Reading LIst

December 25, 2017

The December roundup episode with host Mindy McGinnis, as well as tips on how to round out a healthy reading list fro 2018.

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Jeff Zentner: Drawing Inspiration From Real Life

Jeff Zentner: Drawing Inspiration From Real Life

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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Madeleine Roux: Following Up A New York Times Bestselling Debut

Madeleine Roux: Following Up A New York Times Bestselling Debut

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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