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Ep 155: Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma, New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us, Imaginary Girls, and more, talks about her newest novel, A Room Away From the Wolves, out now! Nova shares what she learned from ghostwriting, talks about finding New York through the myths of her mother, and talks about discovering her strange self.   Nova Ren Suma show notes Imaginary Girls Margaret Atwood Fear of Flying by Erica Jong Mary Higgins Clark Antioch College Feathered by Laura Kasischke Francesca Lia Block (listen to her First Draft episode here) Laura Ruby Bennett Madison The MacDowell Colony Micol Ostow (author) Kate Angelella (editor at Simon and Schuster) Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys Yaddo (artist’s colony) Poets & Writers magazine
Ep 154: Courtney Summers 2.0
Courtney Summers, author of many books including CRACKED UP TO BE, THIS IS NOT A TEST, ALL THE RAGE, and her newest novel which comes out today, SADIE, talks about not wanting to do a book a year again, seeing her career shift 10 years in, how she thinks about her abrupt endings, sticking with the heart of the novel, and podcasts.   Courtney Summers 2.0 Show Notes   Hear Courtney’s first First Draft interview (with bonus Veronica Roth) here! PLEASE REMAIN CALM, the ebook sequel to THIS IS NOT A TEST Serial (podcast) S Town (podcast) Sara Goodman, Courtney’s editor at Wednesday Books (listen to her First Draft interview here) Emily Hainsworth (author) Interstellar (movie) Maurene Goo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here and here) Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni
Ep 173: Roshani Chokshi
Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, CROWN OF WISHES, and the ARU SHAH series talks about the first book in her latest young adult series, THE GILDED WOLVES, out January 15. She talks about connecting to her history through fairy tales, how being voted most likely to succeed caused a lot of angst, and the pressure of picking an AIM away message.   Roshani Chokshi Show Notes Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley Jhumpa Lahiri AFI (band) Thursday (band) Deftones (band) Harry Potter Sailor Moon (cartoon) Christiane Amanpour (TV broadcast journalism) His Girl Friday Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (book) The Young Elites by Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here) Rick Riordan His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman Stormrunner by J. C. Cervantes Stephanie Lurie, Editorial Director, Rick Riordan Presents (Disney-Hyperion) Claire Legrand (listen to her First Draft interview here) National Treasure (movie) Lara Croft (video game character) “Venus in Furs” a song by The Velvet Underground Holly Black (listen to her First Draft interview here) Radiance by Catherynne Valente Deathless by Catherynne Valente Tomb Raider (movie) The Librarian (movie) The Mummy (movie) Dan Brown
Ep 28: Julie Murphy
YA author Julie Murphy, who wrote SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and has a new book, DUMPLIN’, coming out this year from Balzer + Bray, meets me in Texas to talk epic homecoming mums, unlikeable characters, and how she thought Twilight was a boy band. Julie Murphy Show Notes ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins Drop Dead Gorgeous (film) TITHE by Holly Black WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr Kristin Travenio (Irving County Library YA librarian) Blue Valentine (film) “Jolene” by Dolly Parton   Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray
Ep 26: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Boisterous, eloquent, and just the tiniest bit zany, Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of TANTALIZE and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME, took me out for tacos and taught me a thing or twelve. I loved hearing her wise words on diversity in YA, paying it forward with newer writers, and writing 200 drafts of a single picture book.   Cynthia Leitich Smith Show Notes Dear Sugar Kathi Appelt  and Austin SCBWI Greg Leitich Smith Varian Johnson, Don Tate Brett Hartman JINGLE DANCER Ming Doyle, illustrator for Cynthia’s graphic novels Deborah Noyse at Candlewick press (editor) SANTA KNOWS illustrated by Steve Bjorkman (edited by Mark McVeigh at Dutton) HOLLER LOUDLY TWILIGHT Joss Whedon FERAL PRIDE Sara Zarr  Ellen Oh’s post on Cynsations FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg Judy Blume  
Ep 25: Myra McEntire
Myra McEntire, author of the HOURGLASS series, is as refreshing as a cool glass of sweet tea, and it was a joy to sit with her and talk British TV, living with intention, and handling life’s unexpected curveballs.    Myra McEntire Show Notes The Kingsport Mets Trixie Belden series  Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris WTF With Marc Maron (podcast) Stuff You Should Know (podcast) Stuff You Missed In History Class (podcast) The Spy Museum podcast, SpyCast Mental Illness Happy Hour (podcast) The Domestic CEO (podcast) Get It Done Guy's Quick Dirty Tips (podcast) The Savvy Psychologist (podcast) Welcome to Night Vale (podcast) SIMS homeless blog, Alice and Kev, The Story of Being Homeless in The SIMS 3 Horton Foote Keeping Up Appearnces (BBC sitcom) Absolutely Fabulous Vampire Diaries Kevin Williamson (writer for VD) SUPERFUDGE by Judy Blume Stephanie Perkins THE SHADOW GATE, Myra McEntire’s middle grade series on Storybird with Molly O’Neill Veronica Roth CJ Redwine, Jodi Meadows, MG Buehrlen, Courtney C Stevens (hear Court's podcast interview here!)
Episode 6: Ellen Oh
  Ellen Oh has been called a force of nature, and it’s true - the woman can get things done. But she’s also a fierce friend and loving mom, whose nearly decade-long quest to publication with debut novel PROPHECY was started because she couldn’t find books that reflected her story, or the Korean history she found so fascinating. Ellen can be series, sure (I mean, she _was_ a lawyer), but her laugh is infectious and she’s a laser-focused ball of energy when it comes to talking about history, how her kids are her toughest critique partners, and of course, spearheading the We Need Diverse Books campaign.
Episode 16: Cat Winters
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. Cat Winters Show Notes   The Mandrell Sisters The Smurfs THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough Judy Blume REBECCA by Daphne Du Marier SCBWI (The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Boardwalk Empire The Watcher in the Woods (Disney movie) Something Wicked This Way Comes (movie) SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury THE GHOST NEXT DOOR by Wylly Folk St. John The Cottingly Sisters The Man Who Believed In Fairies, article on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Tom Huntington Kristen Lawrence Halloween Carols ("Dark Glass") THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern SLASHER GIRLS AND MONSTER BOYS from Jessica Garrison at Dial DRACULA by Bram Stoker
Ep 23: Alison Cherry
The delightful Alison Cherry, author of RED and FOR REAL (out December 9!) talks traumatic revision experiences, life foreshadowing, “guerrilla friending” — and her cats give us some all-star background purring.   Alison Cherry Show Notes Author Solutions Literary agent Holly Root Strauss opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) Lorrie Moore Harvard Bookstore CHAOS WALKING trilogy by Patrick Ness Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor at Random House Children's Books/Delacorte Press  The Amazing Race Project Greenlight Survivor Pete Holmes Caela Carter, MY BEST FRIEND MAYBE Corey Ann Haydu Kirsten Hubbard Lindsay Ribar Kara Thomas (Taylor) Maureen Johnson, "Don't be afraid to suck."   Holly Root, "Keep your eyes on your own paper."
Ep 165: Robin Talley 2.0
Robin Talley—author of LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND, AS I DESCENDED, OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE—talks about her newest novel, PULP. Robin shares insight about transitioning into being a full-time writer and stay-at-home mom, writing a Judy Blume book for queer girls, and writing books with her younger self in mind.   Robin Talley Show Notes Robin’s previous First Draft episode Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (listen to her First Draft episode here) Dahlia Adler Pacemaker Scrivener Forever by Judy Blume Love, Simon (movie) Ann Bannon (famous lesbian pulp author) Spring Fire by Marijane Meeker The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith Carol (movie) The Lavender Scare Lambda Literary Foundation All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood (listen to her First Draft episode here) Robin’s short stories
Episode 13: Meagan Spooner
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 that one time her house burned down. Meagan Spooner Show Notes STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein CONTACT by Carl Sagan THE GIVER by Lois Lowry THE DRAGON RIDERS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey Odyssey writing workshops Claire Legrand (listen to her podcast interview here!) Shel Silverstein SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL by Louis Sachar and Adam McCauley IN A DARK, DARK ROOM by Alvin Schwartz and Dirk Zimmer Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner The Tolkien quote about the "leaf-mould of the mind" Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, Amie Kaufman, Erin Bowman
Episode 12: Rachel Fershleiser
Rachel Fershleiser Show Notes Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in NY Eat Your Feelings: Stories of Food, Jews & Your Mom, with Jami Attenberg and friends Booksmith, Book People, and Tattered Cover (bookstores) Stock Tips zine Kickstarter Tumblr's Reblog Book Club ELEANOR AND PARK and FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell Gingerhaze on Tumblr (Noelle Stevenson) Simini Blocker on Tumblr Ampersand from YadyKates on Etsy YA Highway on Tumblr WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign GoBookYourself I, Too, Am Harvard Planned Parenthood Saved Me Emily Schultz, author of JOYLAND, Spending Stephen King’s Money Maureen Johnson, Coverflip  SO MUCH PRETTY by Cara Hoffman President Obama Tumblr Q&A YA author Leigh Bardugo Hot Key Books Young Writers competition, previous winner Katie Coyle Bookstalker Last Night’s Reading Emily Books Emily Hughes, who runs Random House’s Tumblr Veronica Roth THE MAN OF MY DREAMS by Curtis Sittenfeld Nick Harkaway Jennifer Close Tana French, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman THE UNKNOWNS by Gabriel Roth CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki NOBODY IS EVER MISSING by Catherine Lacey HIGH AS THE HORSES' BRIDLES by Scott Cheshire Emily Gould, author and co-owner of Emily Books Celeste Ng, author
Ep 153: Somaiya Daud
Somaiya Daud, debut author of YA sci-fi book MIRAGE, was the very first author I ever interviewed for First Draft Podcast. We had a lot to catch up on since then, so listen now to hear about Somaiya’s bumpy path to publication, the way race plays into our concepts of the future and, of course, Star Wars!   Somaiya Daud Show Notes   Somaiya Daud’s first interview with First Draft Podcast J. R. R. Tolkien William Gibson Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Emma by Jane Austen One Thousand and One Nights Sheherazade Historiography Star Wars Alloy Entertainment Chelsea Grimmer The Poetry Vlog Somaiya Daud on The Poetry Vlog Provincializing Europe by Dipesh Chakrabarty Ex Machina (film) The Jetsons Joanna Volpe
Ep 151: Julian Winters
Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS, talks about starting to write so he could create happy endings for his own life, being more creative when working at night, wanting to chuck the rulebook, and his nontraditional publishing journey.   Julian Winters Show Notes One Direction Felicity (TV show) Scandal (TV show) Scott Foley Kirsten Hubbard (listen to her First Draft podcast here) Sara Farizan (author of IF YOU COULD BE MINE and TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL and the forthcoming HERE TO STAY) BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan Robbie Rogers (out soccer player) Nic Stone (author of DEAR MARTIN and the forthcoming ODD ONE OUT) INTO THE BLUE by Pene Henson LUCHADOR by Erin Finnegan Becky Albertalli, author of SIMON VERSUS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA (listen to her First Draft podcast here) Patrice Caldwell Simon James Green, author of NOAH CAN’T EVEN Adam Silvera (listen to his First Draft interview here)
Ep 145: Aminah Mae Safi
Aminah Mae Safi, debut author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, talks about writing hangry characters, trying to make fetch happen in a book, how fantasy stories hold an inherent appeal to children of immigrants, and how artists have to have batshit belief in themselves. Aminah Mae Safi Show Notes Lauren Anderson (first black female ballet dancer, in Houston) Foucault Reza Aslan Inigo Montoya Kirsten Hubbard (her First Draft interview here) Article about foreign translators talking about interpreting President Trump Emmanuel Macron The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Brandy Colbert The Never-Ending Story (movie) Winter of Fire book by Sherryl Jordan Bachelorette (movie) Mean Girls (movie) The Scarlet Letter Winona Ryder The Crucible Demi Moore
Ep 128: Lianne Oelke
Lianne Oelke, debut author of NICE TRY, JANE SINNER (out now!) talks about rewriting her diary, the life-changing impact of good beta readers, and writing YA in Canada. Lianne Oelke Show Notes Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Alice, I Think by Susan Juby Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell American Panda by Gloria Chao The Big F by Maggie M. Martin Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly DuVoss Becky Albertalli Brooks Sherman Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Ep 101: Sara Goodman
Sara Goodman, editorial director for Wednesday Books, a new imprint from St. Martin’s Press featuring crossover, coming-of-age stories. She talks about finding a career in publishing in spite of herself, getting up at 5 a.m. to read, and the never-ending hunt for voice.   Sara Goodman Show Notes Peter Halley (artist) Stephen King George R. R. Martin Judy Blume Beverly Cleary Anne Rice Joan Didion Christopher Schelling (agent with Selectric Artists) Augusten Burroughs Jennifer Enderlin Courtney Summers (listen to her First Draft interview here) Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher Twilight by Stephenie Meyer The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Rainbow Rowell  Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Jandy Nelson Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Vicki Lame The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach Olga Grlic (book designer) I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Jim Tierney, designer of the new cover for I Capture the Castle Summer Days and Summer Nights anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins My True Love Gave to Me anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins Jenny Han (listen to her First Draft interview here) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Robert Cormier House of Night series by P.C. Cast Sun Warrior and Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast Hidden Kingdom by Amanda Hocking Not Now Not Ever by Lily Anderson Julie Buxbuam’s launch party for WHAT TO SAY NEXT at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove! Because You Love To Hate Me release event at The Grove Pre-order Because You Love to Hate Me: Amazon | IndieBound |Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Ep 192: Lindsay Smith
First Draft Episode #192: Lindsay Smith Lindsay Smith, author of the forthcoming Alchemy of War, as well as Sekret, Skandal, Dreamstrider, A Darkly Beating Heart, The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, and the Saints of Russalka series, talks about growing as a writer through D&D, refiguring her writing process after being diagnosed with ADHD, and learning to value more than just productivity. Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode Hear Lindsay Smith’s first episode of First Draft with Sarah Enni here Lindsay has an AlphaSmart keyboard that she takes on the D.C. train system so she can write while she commutes One “What if?” that got Lindsay writing Alchemy of War was, “What if I took Inglourious Basterds (movie) but it was like Stranger Things (TV show)?” Lindsay was inspired to write A Darkly Beating Heart, after visiting Japan and staying in a historically preserved town meant to preserve the Edo Period Lindsay researched Rasputin for the hot villain in the Saints of Russalka series, including reading books about him and also jamming out to “Ra Ra Rasputin,” a disco song by German Euro group Boney M. Lindsay has written short stories for A Tyranny of Petticoats and Toil and Trouble, anthologies put together by fellow D.C. YA writer Jessica Spotswood (hear her First Draft episode here) and Tess Sharpe Lindsay wrote a short story in the universe of the Blue Rose role playing game Stucky: the fandom name for Captain America (Steve Rogers) + The Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnum) Britta Lundin, author of Ship It (hear her episode of First Draft with Sarah Enni here) wrote for Riverdale (TV show) and is open about loving fandom in a similar way to Lindsay (who loves The Winter Soldier) Lindsay collaborated with Max Gladstone for The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, a serial story released by Serial Box (founder Julian Yap approached Lindsay about developing and writing it). The first season of The Witch Who Came in From the Cold was released as a book by Simon & Schuster Lindsay and her husband are in multiple Dungeons and Dragons groups, which she says calls on a whole different skill set from her writing brain Lindsay turned to KBoards, a forum for self-published authors, to discover the ins and outs of the self-pub industry when she released Web of Frost The app “Self Control” has been useful to keep Lindsay focused as she tries to figure out how to balance productivity with self-care Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and generally super smart person, told me, “Time is the least free thing.” (Listen to her First Draft with Sarah Enni here) Lindsay was paired with an artist for the Strange Romance comic anthology, Lindsay wrote an angry girl comic for A Soul Divided Slash Caged in Flesh, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde inspired anthology Subscribe To First Draft with Sarah Enni Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender; John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; or Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for The Old 97s. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works. Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. It’s free! Rate, Review, and Recommend How do you like the show? Please take a moment to rate and review First Draft with Sarah Enni in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Your honest and positive review helps others discover the show -- so thank you! Is there someone you think would love this podcast as much as you do? Please share this episode on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or via carrier pigeon (maybe try a text or e-mail, come to think of it). Just click the Share button at the bottom of this post! Thanks again!
Ep 141: Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block, author of more than 25 books, including seminal YA novel Weetzie Bat, talks about her most recent book, THE THORN NECKLACE, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing. Francesca talks about meshing her life with that of her most favorite character, shares some incredibly useful writing exercises, and talks about *when* to do research.   Francesca Lia Block Show Notes Joni Mitchell Harry Houdini Linda Venis, former head of the UCLA extension Writers Program H.D., “Sea Rose” The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Jill Alexander Essbaum Fairies in the Kitchen: The Weetzie Bat Cookbook by Carmen Staton and Francesca Lia Block The Midnight Disease by Alice W. Flaherty Hypergraphia Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Special 200th Episode!
First Draft Episode #200: Special Anniversary Episode For the 200th episode of the First Draft with Sarah Enni podcast, previous guests sent in answers to questions like, where do you turn for inspiration? What are you hopes and dreams at this moment in your career? What do you do besides writing that makes you a more skillful storyteller? And, of course, any advice! Listen in to hear tips, tricks, and reassurances and encouragement from dozens of bestselling and award-winning writers! People Featured, and Links and Topics Mentioned, In This Episode Podcasts I listened to obsessively, which inspired me to start this podcast, include Fresh Air with Teri Gross, WTF with Marc Maron, and You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, Carve the Mark duology and the forthcoming short story collection, The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future (listen to her First Draft podcasts here, here, and here) Kayla Cagan, author of Piper Perish and Art Boss (listen to her First Draft interview here) Will Hines, author of How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth (hear his First Draft episode here) Sara Farizan, author of Here to Stay, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, If You Could Be Mine (hear her First Draft interview here) Kass Morgan, author of The 100 series and Light Years (stay tuned for her episode of First Draft!) Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night, Crown of Thunder, and War Girls series Tochi recommends playing narrative video games, like God of War, Assassin's Creed, or Red Dead Redemption Leigh Bardugo, author of the Shadow and Bone series and Six of Crows duology, and the forthcoming adult novel, Ninth House , and more (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here) Josh Gondelman, author of the forthcoming memoir Nice Try, writer and producer of “Desus and Mero” and Emmy-winning writer for “Last Week Tonight on John Oliver” (hear his First Draft interview soon!) Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210 and host of LitHub’s The Maris Review podcast Ryan Graudin, author of the Wolf by Wolf, Invictus, The Walled City, and more (hear her First Draft interview here) Sabriel by Garth Nix Jason Reynolds, author of Look Both Ways, the Track series, Long Way Down, As Brave As You, All American Boys, and many more (stay tuned for his episode of First Draft) The New Yorker The Newberry Award; The National Book Award; The Pulitzer Prize Stephanie Garber, author of the Caraval series (listen to her First Draft episode here) Elana K. Arnold, author of A Boy Called Bat, Damsel, What Girls Are Made Of, Infandous, and more (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here) Lance Rubin, author of Denton's Little's Deathdate, Denton's Little's Still Not Dead, and Crying Laughing (listen to his First Draft episode here) Freedom (computer app) Deep Work Work by Cal Newport Courtney Summers, including Sadie, Cracked Up to Be, This Is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, All the Rage, Some Girls Are (hear her First Draft episodes here and here) “Real Romance,” The New Yorker profile about Nora Roberts Mary H. K. Choi, author of Emergency Contact and Permanent Record (stay tuned for her episode of First Draft) The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) and Dia:Beacon Bridget Tyler, author of The Pioneer and The Survivor (listen to her First Draft episode here) Scientific American, which Veronica just subscribed to Samantha Mabry, author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World (listen to her First Draft episode here) Elissa Sussman, author of Stray and Burn (listen to her First Draft interview here) Abdi Nazemian, author of Like a Love Story, The Authentics, and The Walk-In Closet (listen to his First Draft interview here) Madonna, the queen of Abdi’s book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron Morgan Matson, author of he Date, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, The Unexpected Everything, and more! (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here) Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things, What to Say Next, and Hope and Other Punchlines (listen to her First Draft interview here) Danielle Paige, author of Dorothy Must Die, Stealing Snow and Mera: Tidebreaker (listen to her First Draft episode here) David Yoon, author of Frankly in Love (stay tuned for his episode of First Draft!) Zan Romanoff, author of Look (due Spring 2020) and A Song to Take The World Apart and Grace and the Fever (listen to her First Draft interview here) Writing Workshops LA Francesca Lia Block, author of Weetzie Bat, The Thorn Necklace, and so many more (listen to her First Draft episode here) Aminah Mae Safi, author of Not the Girls You're Looking For and Tell Me How You Really Feel (listen to her First Draft interview here) Alex London, author of Black Wings Beating, Proxy, The Wild Ones series and more (listen to his First Draft episodes here and here) Nina LaCour, author of We Are Okay, The Disenchantments, Everything Leads to You, Hold Still and more (hear her First Draft episodes here and here), and listen to Nina’s podcast, Keeping a Notebook Hamline University’s MFA program The Slow Novel Lab, Nina LaCour’s online course on writing Lilliam Rivera, author of Dealing In Dreams and The Education Of Margot Sanchez, (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here) Pseudonymous Bosch, aka Raphael Simon (author of the The Name of This Book is a Secret and the Bad Magic series, and more) and Shane Pangburn, who together created The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers (stay tuned for their First Draft episode!) Amy Lukavics, author of Daughters into Devils and The Ravenous (listen to her First Draft episode here) Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We Know, I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel and Since You Asked (Listen to Maurene’s first, second, and third episodes of First Draft) That time Maurene interviewed Sarah Enni for this podcast! (The Sarah Enni episode of First Draft ) Subscribe To First Draft with Sarah Enni Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender; John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; or Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for The Old 97s. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works. Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. It’s free! Rate, Review, and Recommend How do you like the show? Please take a moment to rate and review First Draft with Sarah Enni in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Your honest and positive review helps others discover the show -- so thank you! Is there someone you think would love this podcast as much as you do? Please share this episode on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or via carrier pigeon (maybe try a text or e-mail, come to think of it). Just click the Share button at the bottom of this post! Thanks again!
Ep 118: Will Kostakis
Will Kostakis, who makes his U.S. debut with The Sidekicks and has two books, The First Third and Loathing Lola, published in his native Australia, talks about approaching every book like it could be his last, spite writing, being the writer he is today because of a personal tragedy, and the difference between the Australian and U.S. YA markets. Will Kostakis Show Notes   Will’s blog post about coming out Will’s blog post about being disinvited from a school because he came out "After He Came Out, A Catholic School Told This Author His New Book Was 'Inappropriate,'" the Buzzfeed article about Will coming out Amie Kaufman (listen to her First Draft interview here) and Jay Kristoff, authors of The Illuminae Files series Garth Nix Melina Marchetta
Ep 107: Emily Ziff Griffin
Emily Ziff Griffin, debut author of LIGHT YEARS, talks about her childhood dream of being a dancing lawyer, gifs and art semiotics, the unquantifiable fairy dust that makes some art transcend, and how teenagers experience time differently.   Emily Ziff Griffin Show Notes Phillip Seymour Hoffman   The Angelika Film Center The Creative Fire by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, including her thoughts on creativity and the myth of Persephone Frozen (movie) Moana (movie) Wonder Woman (movie) Study about emojis and linguists Virginia Heffernan, journalist and writer Wet Hot American Summer (movie) Capote (movie)  
Ep 108: Marie Lu 2.0
Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND and the YOUNG ELITES series, talks about her newest book, WARCROSS as well as BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER and the forthcoming KINGDOM OF BACK. Marie chats about the lag between the eternal optimism of tech and moral questioning of its powers, how writing about evil characters was almost too much for her, and the responsibility of writing a real woman’s story.   Marie Lu 2.0 Show Notes Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke Marie Lu’s first First Draft interview Zelda (video game) Tahereh Mafi (listen to her First Draft episode here or read the transcript here) Assassin’s Creed (video game) Street Fighter (video game) Mortal Kombat (video game) World of Warcraft (video game) Overwatch (video game) Battlefield (video game) Call of Duty (video game) Pokémon Go (video game) Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu  Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft interview here) Batman (animated series) Darkwing Duck (animated series) The Dark Knight (movie) The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart Amadeus (movie) Pan’s Labyrinth (movie) Hamilton (musical) Lin-Manuel Miranda Renee Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here)
Ep 109: Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, New York Times best-selling co-authors of I Hate Everyone But You, talk about the dangers of walking and reading, differentiating character from author, what REALLY makes readers uncomfortable, and writing a friendship rom-com.   Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin Show Notes Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea The Waterboy (movie) Carrie by Stephen King "The Price of Nice Nails," the New York Times feature story about nail salons   Robert Rodriguez (director and producer) Quentin Tarantino (director and writer) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Issa Rae (actress, writer, producer) Desperate Housewives (TV show) Friday Night Lights (TV show) Victoria Aveyard (listen to her First Draft interview here) District 9 (movie) Star Trek (tv show) Legally Blonde Atlanta (TV show) Living Single (TV show) "The Ascendancy of the 'Awkward Older Sister,'" from The Atlantic  Amy Schumer Jennifer Lawrence Insecure (TV show) Grace Helbig Part of Me, the Katy Perry documentary Summer in the City (song) Stephanie Beatriz The animated .gif about ladies supporting ladies Shine Theory by Anne Friedman Call Your Girlfriend podcast Allison’s text chain of writing advice
Ep 68: Victoria Schwab
Victoria Schwab (also known as V. E. Schwab), New York Times bestselling author of A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, VICIOUS, THE ARCHIVED, and more!, talks about the slippery nature of memory, book-writing amnesia, why editorial letters should be more like stacked Oreos, and feeding the fanfic trolls.    Victoria Schwab Show Notes Kristin Kittscher (hear her First Draft interview here) Harpeth Hall Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY Kelly Link, GET IN TROUBLE Victoria’s sticker system Susanna Clarke JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL Neil Gaiman NEVERWHERE Victoria Aveyard (listen to her on First Draft Live here, and her First Draft interview here) Holly Black   SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller  
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Jul 6th, 2014
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