"You can have an idea that sounds stupid and like it will never work, but if you can find a way to make it work, that’s really good. And only you know that you can do that, or not do it. Someone else can’t really see the way."
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Natalie Standiford, author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT (and so many other books!), with advice for new writers.

Listen to the interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

"The difference between career writers and people who’ve just done one book or not been published is not talent as much as persistence. Keep doing it, keep doing it, until something works. … Just keep doing it until luck comes to your side."
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Natalie Standiford, author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT (and so many other books!), on how perseverance is a young writer’s best friend.

Listen to the interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

"I think [young writers] might have a tendency to, they get excited about an idea, they start a project, and inevitably you hit a point where it seems boring or it’s not working or you’re tired of it. But if you can push past that, and even if you think what you’re writing is terrible, write it all the way through to the end. Because you can never really accomplish anything unless you write it through to the end."
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Natalie Standiford, author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT (and so many other books!), with advice for new writers.

Listen to the interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

Meeting with Natalie Standiford was like stepping into a world where all my teen fantasies about what life as a writer would look like (amazing NY apartment, effortlessly chic clothes, a separate office with built-in shelves and a bass amp in the corner). It was only made better by the fact that Natalie’s books - HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE, CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS and so many more - are beautiful, thoughtful, and filled with quirky nuance. Natalie was so sweet and welcoming, and had wise, wise words about building up an immunity to writer’s block, writing about real-world fairylands, and finding creative release outside the written word.

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I reunite with First Draft’s first interview, Sumayyah Daud, on the opposite coast! Sumayyah and I chat about our summer relocations, the future of the podcast, and Natasha Romanoff.

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Some of the books that inspired Cat Winters, author of Morris Award finalist IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING (out Oct. 14!)

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR by Wylly Folk St. John

DRACULA by Bram Stoker

THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

REBECCA by Daphne Du Marier

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

Listen to the full interview with Cat here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

"The main difference I’m finding between YA and adult fiction is that in YA fiction, teenagers are trying to be more grown-up than they actually are, and in adult fiction, adults are acting like teenagers."
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Cat Winters, author of Morris Award finalist IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING (out Oct. 14!), on switching between writing YA and “adult” fiction.

Listen to the full interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

"Anything that gave me nightmares was something I held in high regard."
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Cat Winters, author of Morris Award finalist IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING (out Oct. 14!), on her spooky inspiration.

Listen to the full interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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Meagan Spooner, author of LARK ASCENDING (out Oct. 1!), the final installment of the Skylark Trilogy, and is co-author of the Starbound Trilogy with Amie Kaufman. Meagan is bright, cheery and welcoming, with the self-assuredness of a girl who has crossed the globe more than once. We talk about her roots in the theater, how fairy tales are the OG fanfic, and - oh yeah - that one time her house burned down.

Listen to the interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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My conversation with the fantastic Sarah Enni for the First Draft podcast is LIVE! We talk about how I got started writing, what brought me to Australia and to my co-author amiekaufman, and what inspires me. We cover my thoughts on fanfiction, sneaking around as a teenager to watch Toonami after school, stealing books from the “adult” bookshelf, and struggling to stay true to my writing while teachers told me to stop writing all that “fairy tale nonsense.” We talk about my house burning to the ground when I was thirteen, and how that’s impacted my work.

Full disclosure: I totally start crying at one point during the podcast. But it’s the good kind of crying. So don’t worry, Sarah’s not some kind of terrible monster.

Bonus: you can occasionally hear Icarus howling his feelings in the background.

If you want to hear all kinds of smart stuff from meaganspooner, and perhaps a hint about what she and I are working on next, make sure you listen in!

Meagan does give hints about future stuff, and she totally does cry. But it’s so touching! So that might make me like, a Barbara Walters monster. And I’m 100% okay with that. ;)

Cat Winters, author of Morris Award finalist IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING (out Oct. 14!) is kind, thoughtful, and soft-spoken, but don’t be surprised if she tells you she was wandering the Oregon woods on the last full moon. She writes killer historical mysteries with supernatural twists, the kind of stories that make you sleep with the lights on. Cat talks about her (long) road to publication, what she learned from hosting a daily blog about suburban vampires, and talks about her start writing Smurf fanfic. The best!

Listen to the full interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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A few of the books that have inspired Claire Legrand, author of YA fantasy Nutcracker retelling, WINTERSPELL (out now!).

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Story by Robert McKee

Listen to my interview with Claire here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher.

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The authors and illustrators that inspire MG author Heidi Schulz, whose debut HOOK’S REVENGE is out now!

Claire Legrand, MG author

Emma Trevayne, MG author

J.M. Barrie, author of PETER PAN and PETER PAN AND WENDY

KidLit author Beverly Cleary 

Authors of creeptastic things,  V. C. Andrews and Stephen King

 Judy Blume

Illustrator of HOOK’S REVENGE, John Hendrix

KidLit authors Diana Wynne Jones

Listen to my interview with Heidi here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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Books (and movies/horror icons) that inspired Gretchen McNeil, author of YA books POSSESSTEN3:59, and GET EVEN (out now!).

Boris Karloff and Nosferatu

TITHE by Holly Black

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr

Diane Setterfield, THE THIRTEENTH TALE

Listen to my full interview with Gretchen here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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Meagan Spooner, author of LARK ASCENDING (out Oct. 1!), the final installment of the Skylark Trilogy, and is co-author of the Starbound Trilogy with Amie Kaufman

THE DRAGON RIDERS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey

SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL by Louis Sachar and Adam McCauley

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein

IN A DARK, DARK ROOM by Alvin Schwartz and Dirk Zimmer

CONTACT by Carl Sagan

Listen to my interview with Meagan here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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A few of the books that inspired Beth Revis, author of New York Times best-seller ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series, and THE BODY ELECTRIC, out now!

DEAD MAN’S HAND, edited by John Joseph Adams

HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh

NIGHT by Elie Weisel

THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

Sweet Valley High series

The Babysitter’s Club series

The Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis

RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

Listen to my full interview with Beth here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

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