The podcast that takes us beyond the pages of a book and into the mind of the author.
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Young Adult author Christina Kilbourne has tackled some tough topics in her novels: suicide, homelessness, and mental health, to name a few. The Limitless Sky, a dystopian YA novel set 700 years in the future was a complete departure from what she is accustomed to writing. In this episode, we discuss her process, her challenges and and why she decided to switch gears to dystopian fiction.
Learn more about Christina on her website.
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H.N. Khan was going to be a lawyer, until he realized there were other choices he could make. His journey took a very different turn, exposing and connecting HN Khan to the startup and tech world. As his career as a tech writer emerged and evolved, Humayun enrolled in Humber’s writing program. That program led him to new connections in the writing world, laying the groundwork for Wrong Side of the Court.
Learn more about H.N. Khan by visiting his website.
Is this was an episode of Who Would Win: Dinosaurs or Cephalopods, the squids would come out on top. While dinosaurs fossils get all the glory, it’s the cephalopod fossils who have been doing all the work of telling the story of survival. After already surviving five (5!!!) mass extinctions, the cephalopods are likely the ocean creatures that will survive the next one. They are truly the Monarchs of the Sea, rising to the top from the deepest, darkest places of the sea.
In this episode, I talk to author Danna Staff whose book examines the fossil records of cephalpods – squid, octopus and cuttlefish. We talk about their evolution, their survival skills, the challenges of studying creatures of the sea, and how they have managed to stick around this blue marble for so long.
Jennifer Sommersby started writing rom-coms (romantic comedies) under the pseudonym of Eliza Gordon as she was in the waiting game of edits/revisions/publication for a young adult novel. She has penned 8 books under that name, the latest a three-part series – Planet Lara. Welcome to Planet Lara is an enviromance – environmental romance – with excellent characters (I hated Lara for most of the book) and incidents that keep you turning pages.
In this episode, we talk about Jennifer’s author journey, writing unlikeable characters and writing under a pseudonym.
Read about Sleight and Scheme (the Undoing, in Canada) on this website.
Learn more about your host, Dana Goldstein.
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Mary Boone is the author of more than 60 non-fiction books for young readers. She has written about everything from boy bands, the Biebs and in her latest book, bugs.
Bugs for Breakfast is an informative, engaging book, not just for middle grade readers, but for adults as well. It will open your eyes (and you mind) to a culinary experience that is becoming less quirky trend and more global necessity.
During this interview, Mary talks about her experience as a non-fiction author, her journey to writing Bugs for Breakfast, and how to get over our squeamishness when it comes to ingesting insects.
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When first-time author and full-time business owner Laura Ballerini sat down to write some stories, she didn’t anticipate the transformation that would take place inside her soul. From a very young age, Laura was introduced to art through her mother’s skill with crafting, fixing, and cooking. Now, as a graphic designer, Laura realizes just how endemic art is to all our lives. In this episode, we discuss the impact of art, how she found time to fit writing into an already busy creative life and the power of story.
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Kalena Miller’s debut novel will take you back to everything that was horrible and awesome about high school. There’s junk food, fighting, texting, and prom night. You know what’s missing? Sex. The night that was carefully planned goes horribly wrong. You’ll laugh out loud, but also feel deeply connected to the characters in The Night When No One Had Sex.
As the author of 3 bestselling dystopian novels with strong female characters, Christina Dalcher is often painted as a feminist. There are so many more layers to this linguist-now-author. While her first novel, Vox, brought the issue of silencing women to the table, her latest, Femlandia, examines life in broken-down world, where women are building colonies and not everything is as idyllic as it appears.
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Learn more about Christina on her website.
Sorry For Your Loss is a poignant, touching and sometimes funny story about Evie, a girl whose family runs a Jewish funeral home. In this episode, Joanne and I talk about how kids can learn about hard topics through reading, what some of the challenges are when writing for middle grade and why the feedback from young readers means so much to her.
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Bev Katz Rosenbaum never intended to write a pandemic book. She had written the story about high schooler Kelsey Kendler long before lockdowns, but she was struggling with how to frame the story. When COVID-19 forced us all to remain in our homes, Bev knew this was the perfect environment for Kelsey’s story to emerge and grow. It’s a story of survival, failure and how one girl makes it through the wreck of a year.
In this episode, Bev shares how she was able to find her YA (Young Adult) voice, the challenges she faced when booking author events, and how she has grown as a writer.
Visit Bev’s Website: https://www.bevkatzrosenbaum.com/
Read Emilia Bassano’s published book of poetry, Salve Deus Red Judaeorum: http://www.luminarium.org/renascence-editions/lanyer1.html