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Middle Grade Ninja

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Rob Kent interviews fellow authors, editors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals to discuss the craft and business of producing middle grade and young adult novels. New episode every Support this podcast:… read more

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212 Author Chrystal D Giles

April 29th, 2023


In the final(ish) episode of the Middle Grade Ninja podcast, Chrystal D. Giles and I discuss her practical, data-driven approach to writing fiction that led to her newest novel, NOT AN EASY WIN. It’s a great …

211 Literary Agent Tamar Rydzinski

April 22nd, 2023


Tamar Rydzinski and I discuss her career in publishing, specifically her time at Sanford Greenburger Associates and the Laura Dail Literary Agency, where she became vice president and director of subrights, and now as …

210 Authors Yarrow and Carrie Cheney

April 15th, 2023


Yarrow and Carrie Cheney share the story of how they were best friends for a decade, lived together as roommates, worked as partners on multiple …

209 Literary Agent Janine Le

April 8th, 2023


Janine Le and I discuss her career in publishing from her first internship to her twelve years with the Sheldon Fogelman Agency to founding the Janine Le Agency. We talk about how she evaluates her slush pile, how she …


April 3rd, 2023


Author Rob Kent reads from his new middle grade novel, GOODBYE TO GRANDMA. Purchase your copy here:

About the book:

A part …

208 Author Anthony Peckham

April 1st, 2023


Anthony Peckham and I discuss the differences between writing a screenplay and writing a novel, as well as the inspiration for and craft employed in his incredible debut, CHILDREN OF THE BLACK GLASS. We also talk about …

207 Author David Ezra Stein

March 25th, 2023


David Ezra Sein and I discuss his career in picture books and now graphic novels, such as his newest, BEAKY BARNES: EGG ON THE LOOSE. We talk about adapting his INTERUPTING CHICKEN series as an Apple TV series, why I …

A Reading from Rob Worm's Bird Adventure

March 23rd, 2023


Author Rob Kent reads seven chapters from his new middle grade novel, ROB WORM'S BIRD ADVENTURE. Purchase your copy here:

About the book:

With nonstop action, adventure, and humor, this …

206 Author Cindy Callaghan

March 18th, 2023


Cindy Callaghan and I discuss her series, JUST ADD MAGIC, the ups and downs of publishing it, adapting it for an Amazon series, and its impact on readers around the world. We also talk about how being talented in …

205: Literary Agent Melanie Figueroa

March 11th, 2023


Melanie Figueroa and I discuss in depth how she built her career as an agent at ROOT LITERARY. We talk about what makes her agency different, how she uses query manager to review submissions, how she evaluates …

204: Author Russell Ginns

March 4th, 2023


R. U. Ginns and I discuss his career in publishing writing for Sesame Street Magazine, 3-2-1 Contact, and The Electric Company, and his many pennames as well as his newest book, 1-2-3 SCREAM. We talk about why a giant …

203: Author Lindsay Currie

February 25th, 2023


Lindsay Currie and I discuss all sorts of creepy, spooky, but middle-grade friendly things, such as her novels THE GIRL IN WHITE, SCRITCH SCRATCH, and IT FOUND US. We chat about her travels through various graveyards, …

202 Author Heather McGhee

February 18th, 2023


Heather McGhee and I discuss adapting her monumental novel THE SUM OF US: HOW RACISM HURTS EVERYONE for younger readers (available February 21st). We …

201 Literary Agent Stephen Fraser

February 11th, 2023


Stephen Fraser and I discuss his lifelong love for middle grade fiction and why he rereads THE SECRET GARDEN every year. We talk about the current state of publishing, how he keeps abreast of the market, why he so …

200 Author James Ponti

February 4th, 2023


James Ponti and I discuss how he travels and researches to create his CITY SPIES adventures, and the newest edition, CITY OF THE DEAD. He shares his …

199 Literary Agent Nikki Terpilowski

January 28th, 2023


Nikki Terpilowski and I discuss how she founded Holloway Literary when she couldn’t find another agency to intern for and how she was able to make it …

198 Authors Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman

January 21st, 2023


Sofia Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman tell me about how they collaborate on a book like their newest, RETRO, while remaining a happy romantic couple …

197 Author Roseanne A. Brown

January 14th, 2023


Roseanne A. Brown and I talk about her newest book, SERWA BOATENG’S GUIDE TO VAMPIRE HUNTING, and her career thus far from being the youngest resident at the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House program to becoming an …

5th MGN Clip Show 2022 PART TWO

January 7th, 2023


It’s the fifth mega-sized Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from episodes 147 through 196 that aired in 2022. This episode is so stuffed with incredible content it had to be broken up into TWO PARTS …

5th MGN Clip Show 2022 PART ONE

December 31st, 2022


It’s the fifth mega-sized Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from episodes 147 through 196 that aired in 2022. This episode is so stuffed with incredible content it had to be broken up into TWO PARTS …

196 Literary Agent Susan Hawk

December 17th, 2022


Susan Hawk and I talk about her career in publishing from her job at a children’s bookstore at age 13 to being an editor, a librarian, a marketer, a library marketer, up to her current position with UPSTART CROW …

195 Author Anthony McGowan

December 10th, 2022


Anthony McGowan and I discuss his writing process and how it was specifically employed in his newest, DOGS OF THE DEADLANDS, which he says is the hardest book he’s ever written. We also talk about his winding path from …

194 Author Kereen Getten

December 3rd, 2022


Kereen Getten and I discuss her career in publishing and her new novel, IF YOU READ THIS. We talk about how she persevered despite the general discouragement of a lack of diversity in publishing as well as direct …

193 Professional Troublemaker Linda Sarsour

November 26th, 2022


One of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017, Linda Sarsour, shares details about her life as featured in the middle grade edition of her autobiography, WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER. We talk about her work …

192 Author Kelly McWilliams

November 19th, 2022


I tell Kelly McWilliams about a book I started to write before I discovered how very similar it is to her superior novel, AGNES AT THE END OF THE …

191 Literary Agent Jessica Craig

November 12th, 2022


Jessica Craig and I discuss her career in publishing from working as an international literary scout to becoming a literary agent to founding CRAIG LITERARY. We talk about the typical calendar in publishing and the best …

190 Author Neal Shusterman

November 5th, 2022


Neal Shusterman and I discuss eternal life, the singularity, and the meaning of death as portrayed in his series, THE ARC OF A SCYTHE, as well as the …

189 Author Dan Poblocki

October 29th, 2022


Happy Halloween, Esteemed Audience! Dan Poblocki and I discuss the importance of writing horror novels for children such as his newest, TALES TO KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT. We also talk about the craft of writing horror for …

188 Editor Rose Brock

October 22nd, 2022


Rose Brock and I discuss her anthologies HOPE NATION and HOPE WINS and all the work and care that went into creating them. We talk about her own …

187 Author Fleur Bradley

October 15th, 2022


Fleur Bradley and I chat about writing mysteries for younger readers, like her newest novels DAYBREAK ON RAVEN ISLAND and MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL. We have a frank discussion about burnout and bitterness for …

186 Author Max Brallier

October 8th, 2022


Max Brallier and I discuss the phenomenon of his series THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH, which has spawned a show on Netflix, video games, action figures, and more. We chat about the inherent darkness of a zombie apocalypse and …

185 Author Amy Christine Parker

October 1st, 2022


Amy Christine Parker and I talk about the Sunday school lessons that terrified and shaped us to write horror stories such as her newest young adult …

184 Literary Agent Stephanie Fretwell Hill

September 24th, 2022


Stephanie Fretwell-Hill and I discuss her career in publishing from working in foreign rights with Walker Books to becoming an editor with Peachtree …

183 Illustrator Meaghan Tosi

September 17th, 2022


Meaghan Tosi and I discuss her career as an artist from stop motion filmmaker to illustrator to graphic novelist. We talk about her new books, DWEEDY and SQUASHED, and how she first stared in a movie version of the …

182 Author Diane Magras

September 10th, 2022


Diane Magras and I discuss fantasy worldbuilding, monsters, and horror in her newest middle grade novel, SECRET OF THE SHADOW BEASTS. We talk about author day jobs, why it’s important to get in the habit of finishing …

181 Literary Agent Patricia Nelson

September 3rd, 2022


Patricia Nelson and I discuss how she got her start in publishing and joined the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency as well as why it takes an average of around five years to make a living as a literary agent. We do a deep …

180 Author Greg van Eekhout

August 27th, 2022


Greg Van Eekhout and I discuss climate change, Norse mythology, and the awesomeness of dogs, all of which are on display in his newest novel, FENRIS …

179 Author J. Elle

August 20th, 2022


J. Elle and I discuss her young adult fantasy novel, WINGS OF EBONY, and her new middle grade novel, A TASTE OF MAGIC. We talk about planning a …

178 Author Ally Malinenko

August 13th, 2022


Ally Malinenko and I discuss glorious middle grade horror such as her novels GHOST GIRL and THIS APPEARING HOUSE and why it’s important for children to have access to scary stuff. We talk about the trauma of surviving …

177 Literary Agent Rachel Orr

August 6th, 2022


Rachel Orr and I chat about her career in publishing from her time as a bookseller with Barnes and Noble, her time as an editor with Harper Collins, …

176 Author Andrew Nehring

July 30th, 2022


Andrew Nehring and I discuss how he learned to improve as a reader and a writer with the aid of an inspiring teacher who helped him manage his …

175 Literary Agent Lucienne Diver

July 23rd, 2022


Lucienne Diver and I talk about how she separates the writer part of herself from the part that’s a literary agent and why it’s important to do so. We discuss her novel, DISAPPEARED, the current state of publishing and …

174 Author Mat Heagerty and Illustrator Sam Owen

July 16th, 2022


Mat Heagerty, Sam Owen, and I discuss the process for their collaboration on their new graphic novel, LUMBERJACKULA. We talk about scripting and …

173 Author Lakita Wilson

July 9th, 2022


Lakita Wilson and I discuss how winning the 2017 SCBWI Emerging Voices Award and running a popular Instagram page set her on a path for publishing …

172 Literary Agent Linda Epstein

July 2nd, 2022


Linda Epstein and I talk about her lifelong desire to be a writer and her journey from being a nurse to an unpaid intern for two years before becoming a literary agent and at long last arriving at the publication of her …

171 Author Zetta Elliott

June 25th, 2022


Zetta Ellicott and I chat about her bestselling middle grade series, DRAGONS IN A BAG, and lessons learned writing more than 40 books for children (so far). We talk about how she envisions her success with a vision …

170 Author Aisha Saeed

June 18th, 2022


Aisha Saeed and I discuss her career and her newest middle grade novel OMAR RISING, a companion novel to AMAL UNBOUND. We chat about the difficulty …

169 Author Hilde Kate Lysiak

June 11th, 2022


Hilde Lysiak and I chat about her new memoir, HILDE ON THE RECORD. As she’s just now 15 years old, presumably it’s the first of many, though she’s …

168 Literary Agent Kristin Ostby

June 4th, 2022


Kristin Ostby and I discuss how she grew up a reader and daughter of a librarian who went on to edit for Penguin Random House and rose to become a senior editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers before …

167 Author Lindsay Eager

May 28th, 2022


Lindsay Eager and I have an in-depth discussion about writing and publishing and her newest middle grade novel, THE PATRON THIEF OF BREAD. We talk about her time working as an intern for a literary agent, leaving one …

166 Author Xiran Jay Zhao

May 21st, 2022


Xiran Jay Zhao and I discuss their new middle grade novel, ZACHARY YING AND THE DRAGON EMPEROR, and the phenomenon of their YouTube channel about Chinese history and media commentary which has more than 425,000 …

165 Author Jenna Yoon

May 14th, 2022


Jenna Yoon and I discuss her journey to becoming an author and her debut middle grade novel, LIA PARK AND THE MISSING JEWEL. We talk about why representation matters, how the lack of it inspired her to create Lia Park …

164 Author Maurice Broaddus

May 7th, 2022


My friend Maurice Broaddus and I discuss his newest novels UNFADEABLE and SWEEP OF STARS. We also chat about some of the older ones, Afrofuturism, …

163 Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb

April 30th, 2022


Mark Gottlieb and I chat about how he was born into the business of books and how Maxwell Perkins’ love of editing convinced him to become an agent with TRIDENT MEDIA GROUP. We discuss his strategies for finding clients …

162 Author Jodi Lynn Anderson

April 23rd, 2022


Jodi Lynn Anderson and I talk about her career as an editor for Harper Collins before becoming a bestselling author as well as her new middle grade …

161 Author James Riley

April 16th, 2022


James Riley and I have an in-depth discussion about his writing and plotting process for his new middle grade series, ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME. We talk …

160 Public Relations Expert Ellen Whitfield

April 9th, 2022


Ellen Whitfield and I discuss how she went from being a reader to a copyeditor to a book reviewer to a publicist with BOOKS FORWARD. We talk specifically about budget numbers for authors preparing to promote their …

159 Author Gregory Maguire

April 2nd, 2022


Gregory Maguire and I chat about his career and why he continues to write for children when WICKED is now the fifth longest-running Broadway musical. We discuss writing about depression in animal fables such as in his …

158 Author Elly Swartz

March 26th, 2022


Elly Swartz and I discuss her career as an author and her newest novel, DEAR STUDENT. We talk about being an author during the pandemic, her average workday, the advantages of writing yourself letters from your …

157 Authors Don Handfield And Joshua Malkin

March 19th, 2022


Don Handfield, Joshua Malkin, and I talk about the differences between writing screenplays and collaborating to write a graphic novel, such as their …

156 Author Libby McNamee

March 12th, 2022


Libby McNamee and I chat about historical fiction and her novels SUZANNA’S MIDNIGHT RIDE: THE GIRL WHO WON THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, DOLLY MADISON AND THE WAR OF 1812: AMERICA’S FIRST LADY, and her upcoming book about …

155 Author Erika Lewis

March 5th, 2022


Erika Lewis and I discuss Irish mythology, world building in fantasy, and planning a series such as the one kicked off by her new middle grade book, …

154 Author Leslie Patricelli

February 26th, 2022


Leslie Patricelli and I discuss her career writing and illustrating board books and her recent middle grade novels in THE RIZZLERUNK CLUB series, BEST BUDS UNDER FROGS and THE BIG BAD LIES. We talk about her time …

153 Author Elana K. Arnold

February 19th, 2022


Elana K. Arnold and I talk about the virtue of islands and plotting a mystery without knowing the ending in her newest novel, JUST HARRIET. We also …

152 Author Leslie Connor

February 12th, 2022


Leslie Connor and I talk about writing your way through imposter syndrome and her process in creating her newest novel, ANYBODY HERE SEEN FRENCHIE? We discuss how she started out as an illustrator who transitioned to …

151 Author Meera Trehan

February 5th, 2022


Meera Trehan and I discuss writing from the perspective of a mansion in her new book, THE VIEW FROM THE VERY BEST HOUSE IN TOWN. We talk about how she discovered she wanted to write, her journey to becoming a published …

150 Author Hugh Howey Returns

January 29th, 2022


Hugh Howey returns to the show, proving reality is a simulation. We talk about his upcoming picture book CANNIBAL HAIKU as well as the WOOL and …

149 Literary Agent Lane Heymont

January 22nd, 2022


Lane Heymont and I have a far-ranging discussion about books, movies, publishing, the evil of the Sackler family, the nature of forgiveness, his path from being a literary assistant to founding The Tobias Literary …

148 Author Tina Wells

January 15th, 2022


Tina Wells and I discuss the first book in her newest series, HONEST JUNE, as well as how she arranged for an exclusive distribution period through Target Stores. We talk about how she founded her first company at age …

147 Authors Adama Bah, Salvador Gómez - Colón, And Freshta Tori Jan

January 8th, 2022


Authors Adama Bah, Salvador Gómez-Colón, Freshta Tori Jan, and I discuss their debut novels in the I, WITNESS series. In ACCUSED, Adama Bah recounts …

4th MGN Clip Show 2021 PART ONE

December 25th, 2021


It’s the fourth mega-sized Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from episodes 101 through 146 that aired in 2021. This episode is so stuffed with incredible content it had to be broken up into TWO PARTS

4th MGN Clip Show 2021 PART TWO

December 25th, 2021


It’s the fourth mega-sized Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from episodes 101 through 146 that aired in 2021. This episode is so stuffed with incredible content it had to be broken up into TWO PARTS

146 Author Seanan McGuire

December 11th, 2021


Authors Seanan McGuire, Mira Grant, A. Deborah Baker, and I discuss how they’re all Seanan McGuire and how she transitions between genres and intended age groups. We discuss her years as a standup comedian and how she …

145 Author Emily Barth Isler

December 4th, 2021


Emily Barth Isler and I discuss her childhood as an actress featured on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and elsewhere as well as performing for the Clinton White House, and how she eventually transitioned to the family business of …

144 Author Aura Lewis

November 27th, 2021


Aura Lewis and I discuss the process of writing and illustrating her newest book, SPECTACULAR SISTERS: AMAZING STORIES OF SISTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. We talk about how she went from being a freelance artist to …

143 Author Alda P. Dobbs

November 20th, 2021


Alda P. Dobbs and I discuss writing about the Mexican Revolution as well as her own family’s history in her new novel, BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA, …

142 Authors Michelle Jabès Corpora And Samantha M. Clark

November 13th, 2021


Michelle Jabès Corpora, Samantha M. Clark, and I discuss their new series AMERICAN HORSE TALES. We talk about Michelle's experience as an editor for …

141 Author David Neilsen

November 6th, 2021


David Neilsen and I discuss the advantages of traditional publishing and independent publishing and why he transitioned to a hybrid author with his newest release, LILLIAN LOVECRAFT AND THE HARMLESS HORRORS. We also …

140 Speed City Sisters In Crime

October 30th, 2021


The Speed City Sisters in Crime return to the scene of the… podcast? Returning for their first appearance since episode 79, they’ve just released a …

139 Author Diana Rodriguez Wallach

October 23rd, 2021


Diana Rodriguez Wallach and I discuss cults, demonic possession, and writing YA horror in her new novel, SMALL TOWN MONSTERS. It’s a Halloween-themed …

138 Author Sarah J. Schmitt

October 16th, 2021


My friend, Sarah J. Schmitt, and I discuss her path to publishing IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH her newest novel, WHERE THERE’S A WHISK, and why you should …

137 Author Gayle Forman

October 9th, 2021


Gayle Forman and I discuss her career from a journalist for SEVENTEEN to a celebrated YA novelist and the launch of her first MG book, FRANKIE AND BUG. She describes the experience of having IF I STAY adapted into a …

136 Author Katherine Paterson

October 2nd, 2021


Two-time Newberry Award winner and one of my childhood heroes, Katherine Patterson, and I discuss how she transformed from a “mediocre writer” to a Living Legend (so designated by the Library of Congress in 2000). We …

135 Author Rajani LaRocca

September 25th, 2021


Rajani LaRocca and I discuss the importance of finding a community of writers and how that led her to publication, as well as her newest novel, MUCH ADO ABOUT BASEBALL. We talk about the “slight fairytale” that led her …

134 Author Jessica Vitalis

September 18th, 2021


Jessica Vitalis and I chat about her debut novel, THE WOLF’S CURSE. And we have a detailed discussion about the six-figure, two-book deal her agent, Sara Crowe, negotiated for her. We also talk about how Erin Entrada …

133 Literary Agent Becky LeJune

September 11th, 2021


Becky LeJeune and I chat about how she went from being a criminal justice major while working in a Walden Books to an editor and now a literary agent with the Bond Literary Agency. We talk about how she evaluates …

132 Author Sara Pennypacker

September 4th, 2021


Sara Pennypacker and I discuss tips for writing from the perspective of a fox in her long-anticipated sequel to the classic novel PAX, PAX: JOURNEY HOME. We chat about how she interviews animals and how she addresses …

131 Author Chris Negron

August 28th, 2021


Chris Negron and I discuss how he became an author, how his Parkinson’s disease makes him a better writer, and his newest book, THE LAST SUPER CHEF. We wonder if writers ever actually retire and how learning alternate …

130 Literary Agent Marie Lamba

August 21st, 2021


Marie Lamba and I discuss her terrible experience with her own novel that led her to become an agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency for the past decade. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of …

129 Author John David Anderson

August 14th, 2021


John David Anderson and I talk about a little bit of everything in this far-ranging conversation between two Hoosier authors who like STAR WARS and Kurt Vonnegut. We chat about Anderson’s newest novel, STOWAWAY, as well …

128 Author Kathleen Burkinshaw

August 7th, 2021


To commemorate the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Kathleen Burkinshaw and I discuss her novel, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM. This is one of the most important conversations I’ve ever had and I’ll be thinking …

127 Author Alyson Gerber

July 31st, 2021


Alyson Gerber and I discuss how to talk about food and diet for teens and creating sympathetic parent characters in her newest YA novel, TAKING UP …

126 Author Melissa Hope

July 24th, 2021


Melissa Hope and I discuss her popular YouTube channel for authors, HOPEFUL HAPPENINGS, and how it paved the way to publish her debut novel, SEA OF …

125 Author Nicole Kornher - Stace

July 17th, 2021


Nicole Kornher-Stace and I discuss classic science fiction and her new middle grade novel, JILLIAN VS PARASITE PLANET. We also talk about the …

124 Author Ali Standish

July 10th, 2021


Ali Standish and I discuss her writer’s journey, which included an MFA in children's writing from Hollins University and an MPhil in Children's …

123 Author Erin Entrada Kelly

July 3rd, 2021


Erin Entrada Kelly and I chat about her writing habits and how she learned to focus on what her creative spirit wants her to do. We discuss how she won a Newberry Award and immediately quit her day job, as well as her …

122 Literary Agent Mary C. Moore

June 26th, 2021


Mary C. Moore and I discuss her career from zookeeper to literary agent with Kimberly Cameron and Associates, as well as the types of projects and clients she’s looking to represent. We talk about the difference between …

121 Author Jasmine Warga

June 19th, 2021


Jasmine Warga and I discuss her newest novel, THE SHAPE OF THUNDER, as well as gun violence in schools and mental health in youth. We also talk about …

120 Publisher Sailaja N. Joshi, Editor Amy Maranville, And Author Payal Doshi

June 12th, 2021


Sailaja N. Joshi, Amy Maranville, Payal Doshi, and I discuss Mango + Marigold Press and their newest release, REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR. We …

119 Author Robert Beatty

June 5th, 2021


Robert Beatty and I discuss his many successes in life as a CEO and a writer, as well as his newest novel, WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW. We chat about his working with Amy Adams on the upcoming WILLA OF THE WOOD television show …

118 Editor Leila Sales

May 29th, 2021


Leila Sales and I talk about her career in publishing as well as her newest middle grade novel, THE CAMPAIGN. We discuss in depth how she read submissions as an editor and made her decisions about rejecting and …

117 Author Susan McCormick

May 22nd, 2021


Dr. Susan McCormick and I discuss writing about medical realities that are sometimes frightening for the middle grade audience in her new novel, THE ANTIDOTE. She shares her thoughts on how the pandemic has impacted …

116 Author Alane Adams

May 15th, 2021


Alane Adams shares the story of her transition from a successful accountant to a successful author and founder of the Rise Up Foundation. We talk …

115 Author David LaRochelle And Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka

May 8th, 2021


David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka join me to discuss their collaboration from its start to how it remains successful, and their newest picture …

114 Literary Agent Holly McGhee

May 1st, 2021


Holly McGhee and I talk about her childhood in the country and how she went from selling corn out of a pickup truck to founding Pippin Properties …

113 Author Luke Cunningham

April 24th, 2021


Luke Cunningham and I push the boundaries of what is an appropriate podcast conversation to promote a middle grade novel such as his debut, LEO, INVENTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE. We discuss his time writing for THE TONIGHT SHOW, …

112 Literary Agent Saba Sulaiman And Author Kyle Lukoff

April 17th, 2021


Author Kyle Lukoff tells the story of how he persisted in publishing and finally landed his dream agent, Saba Sulaiman, who joins him on the podcast. …

111 Author Carole Boston Weatherford

April 10th, 2021


Carole Boston Weatherford and I discuss poetry, history, and race in her newest picture books BOX: HENRY BROWN MAILS HIMSELF TO FREEDOM and …

110 Editor Sara - Jayne Slack And Author Dorothy A. Winsor

April 3rd, 2021


Six months after our first conversation in episode 78, editor Sara-Jayne Slack and author Dorothy A. Winsor discuss Inspired Quill’s 10th anniversary and their latest release in the Tales of Rinland series, THE …

109 Author Carrie Seim

March 27th, 2021


Carrie Seim and I discuss her newest novel, HORSE GIRL, as well as her bestselling audiobook, THE FLYING FLAMINGO SISTERS, and her performance of both. We talk about her time as a writer for Nickelodeon and a performer …

108 Author Esabella Strickland

March 20th, 2021


Esabella Strickland is an award-winning actress, screenwriter, filmmaker, and social media influencer who’s just published her first novel, THEN AND …

107 Author Nick Goss

March 13th, 2021


Nick Goss and I discuss self publishing, home schooling, his bought with Covid-19, writing secular stories as a Christian, the pros and cons of …

106 Author Lisa Fipps

March 6th, 2021


My friend Lisa Fipps and I discuss “fat girl rules,” intrinsic self worth, overcoming bullying, and writing a story in free-verse poetry. Her debut …

105 Author Mike Johnston

February 27th, 2021


Mike Johnston and I discuss his new middle grade series, CONFESSIONS OF A DORK LORD, and the stylistic differences between his fantasy writing for …

104 Author Donna Galanti

February 20th, 2021


Donna Galanti and I discuss how she started her writing career at age 40 and exploded into it with discipline and passion. She shares what she’s …

103 Authors Rucker Moses And Theo Gangi

February 13th, 2021


Theo Gangi and Rucker Moses, the pen name for authors Craig S. Phillips and Harold Hayes Jr., discuss their collaboration for their novel, KINGSTON …

102 Author Caroline Gertler

February 6th, 2021


Author and former children’s book editor Caroline Gertler and I discuss her debut novel, MANY POINTS OF ME. We also chat about her studies of art …

101 Author Christina Li

January 30th, 2021


Christina Li and I discuss how she began writing seriously at age 12, secured a literary agent before graduating high school, and is celebrating the …

3rd MGN Clip Show 2020

December 26th, 2020


It’s the third ever, ridiculously long mega-sized Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from episodes 60 through 100.

New episodes are …

100 Editor Cheryl Klein

December 12th, 2020


Cheryl Klein and I talk about writing and publishing and everything good in this 100th episode extravaganza. She shares her journey from growing up in a small Missouri town to becoming the continuity editor for the last …

99 Author G. Neri

December 5th, 2020


G. Neri and I discuss CONCRETE COWBOY, the upcoming Netflix film based on his novel GHETTO COWBOY. He explains how he creates character voices, how stories chose him, and how he translates scientists’ studies into …

98 Author Melissa de la Cruz

November 28th, 2020


Melissa de la Cruz and I discuss the differences between writing original stories such as her newest, NEVER AFTER: THE THIRTEENTH FAIRY, and her best-selling series THE NEW BLUE BLOODS COVEN, and writing for established …

97 Author Hena Khan

November 21st, 2020


Hena Khan and I discuss her career thus far in children’s publishing and her wide range of books from IT’S RAMADAN, CURIOUS GEORGE to ZAYD SALEEM, CHASING THE DREAM to her most recent MORE TO THE STORY and the upcoming …

96 Author John Gallagher

November 14th, 2020


John Gallagher and I nerd out about comics, action figures, Batman and all the best things in life, including his new comic book-ish novel, MAX MEOW: …

95 Author Victoria Bond

November 7th, 2020


Victoria Bond and I discuss ZORA AND ME: THE SUMMONER, the third book in her trilogy with coauthor T.R. Simon, and the collaboration that made it …

94 Author Tonya Duncan Ellis

October 31st, 2020


Tonya Duncan Ellis and I discuss her SOPHIE WASHINGTON series and I convince to give away all her indie publishing and marketing secrets for free. In this Halloween-ish episode, we discuss “mirrors, windows, and sliding …

93 Editor Elizabeth Law

October 24th, 2020


What don’t legendary editor Elizabeth Law and I chat about in this far-ranging conversation that only begins to scratch at the surface of her vast publishing knowledge? We discuss her interactions with literary agents, …

92 Author Marcella Pixley

October 17th, 2020


Marcella Pixley and I talk about her new novel TROWBRIDGE ROAD, currently on the long list for the National Book Award. We discuss the many parallels between that story set in 1983 (now considered historical fiction!), …

91 Author Hayley Chewins

October 10th, 2020


Hayley Chewins and I discuss her newest novel, THE SISTERS OF STRAYGARDEN PLACE, and our mutual love for the greatest singer, composer, and writing muse extraordinaire, Tori Amos. We also talk about writing intuitively, …

90 Author Margi Preus

October 3rd, 2020


Margie Preus and I chat about the path to publishing HEART OF THE SAMURAI and being a Newberry Honor as well as the final book in her ENCHANTMENT LAKE series, THE SILVER BOX. She shares some lessons she learned from …

89 Editor Mari Kesselring And Author Patrick Hueller

September 26th, 2020


Editor Mari Kesselring and author Patrick Hueller share with me the story of how they met, each a set of identical twins with a love of literature, and how they work together now as writers, parents, and spouses. Mari …

88 Literary Agent Jim McCarthy

September 19th, 2020


Jim McCarthy and I discuss how he became a literary agent and his career in publishing so far. We chat about COVID-19 and its impact on the industry, the excitement he felt when his first client’s book took off, how he …

87 Author Daniel Kraus

September 12th, 2020


Daniel Kraus and I discuss his newest book, THEY THREW US AWAY, a wonderfully dark middle grade novel written by an author of horror. We get along …

86 Author Laura Stegman

September 5th, 2020


Laura Stegman and I talk about SUMMER OF LUCK, her debut novel that took over 20 years to publish, as well her plan to promote it, and she would …

85 Literary Agent Kiana Nguyen

August 29th, 2020


Kiana Nguyen and I have a blast discussing our mutual love for THE LAST OF US PART II. Eventually, we get around to her role as a literary agent for …

84 Author MarcyKate Connolly

August 22nd, 2020


MarcyKate Connolly and I discuss her many bestselling “weird, creepy middle grade” novels, particularly her debut, MONSTROUS, and her transition to …

83 Author Annie Sullivan Returns

August 15th, 2020


Annie Sullivan and I pick up right where we left off after her previous appearance in episode 40. We talk about her soon-to-be-released YA novel …

82 Author Preeti Chhibber

August 8th, 2020


Preeti Chhibber, host of the Desi Geek Girls podcast, and I geek out over the things we love while discussing her wonderfully geeky new books …

81 Author Paula Chase

July 18th, 2020


Paula Chase and I chat about her novels SO DONE and DOUGH BOYS and what makes them upper middle grade instead of young adult. She discusses founding …

80 Public Relations Expert Sarah Miniaci

July 11th, 2020


Sarah Miniaci and I discuss her career in publicity from running a literary magazine to her work with many notable authors at Smith Publicity. She explains giving in order to get, get lists, top gets, longest lead gets, …

79 Speed City Sisters In Crime

July 4th, 2020


Mystery writers Lillie Evans, Tony Perona, C.L. Shore, and Janet E. Williams are all prominent members of the Speed City Sisters in Crime, which has …

78 Editor Sara - Jayne Slack And Author Dorothy A. Winsor

June 27th, 2020


In a Middle Grade Ninja first, editor Sara-Jayne Slack AND author Dorothy A. Winsor discuss Inspired Quill’s latest release, THE WYSMAN, how they came to work together, and the ins and outs of their professional …

77 Author Tracy Wolff

June 20th, 2020


Tracy Wolff and I discuss her new young adult paranormal romance novel CRAVE, which has already been optioned as a film and a video game. We admit to …

76 Author Anne Nesbet

June 13th, 2020


Anne Nesbit tells the tale of how she met and secured her editor under bizarre, high-stakes circumstances. She shares some excellent insight about writing historical fiction for children, including her newest middle …

75 Author Hugh Howey

May 30th, 2020


Hugh Howey, author of the mega successful perennial novel WOOL, which everyone loves and wants to hear more about, and I discuss one of MY most …

74 Authors Josh Berk And Saundra Mitchell

May 23rd, 2020


Authors Josh Berk and Saundra Mitchell tell the terrifying tale of how they collaborated to write CAMP MURDERFACE. We talk about how they met, tips …

73 Author Claire Swinarski

May 16th, 2020


Claire Swinarski and I discuss Wisconsin badgers, Nancy Drew, Star Wars, and parking lot brawls. We also make time to chat about her new book, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, her amazing podcast MAKING A MIDDLE GRADE, her success as …

72 Editor Sarah LaPolla

May 9th, 2020


Sarah LaPola shares her thoughts on editing, writing, and publishing based on more than a decade of experience as a literary agent. We discuss her …

71 Author Carlie Sorosiak

May 2nd, 2020


Could mankind one day communicate directly with prairie dogs? If so, what will we talk about and will they appreciate their depiction in INDIANA …

70 Author Mitali Perkins

April 25th, 2020


Mitali Perkins and I chat about her classic novel, RICKSHAW GIRL, its uncertain and difficult path to publication, its steady rise to prominence, and …

69 Literary Agent Kristy Hunter

April 18th, 2020


Kristy Hunter and I discuss her career thus far from her education at the Columbia Publishing Course to her time as an editorial intern as well as a …

The Book of David Chapter One read by Robert Kent

April 15th, 2020


WARNING: This recording is for ADULT LISTENERS and packs profuse profanity:)

Quarantine for COVID-19 has given me the unexpected gift of perspective and free time. I always wanted to record at least one audiobook, and I …

68 Author Joy McCullough

April 11th, 2020


Joy McCullough and I talk about her transition from playwright to young adult author and how she kept focus on her long journey to publication, as …

67 Author Rob Harrell

April 4th, 2020


Rob Harrell and I discuss how the launch of his newest novel, WINK, has been impacted by the quarantine for COVID-19 along with most other aspects of writing life. He shares how he met his literary agent and how they …

66 Author Anne Bustard

March 28th, 2020


Anne Bustard and I discuss her newest book, BLUE SKIES, and its 20-year journey from a picture book to a middle grade novel. She tells me about her life as a perpetual student, earning a BS, MLIS, PHD, and an MFA from …

65 Author Anna Meriano

March 21st, 2020


Anna Meriano thrills with tales of full contact quidditch, including the time she broke her pelvis, and teases her upcoming book on the subject. We …

64 Author Avi

March 14th, 2020


Avi and I discuss his career publishing more than 80 books since 1970, winning more awards than I can list, including the Newberry AND two Newberry honors. He tries to convince me writing is just a job and walks me …

63 Author Sayantani DasGupta

March 7th, 2020


Sayantani DasGupta and I discuss her series, KIRANMALA AND THE KINGDOM BEYOND, celebrating the release of its third installment, THE CHAOS CURSE. She …

62 Author Kaela Noel

February 29th, 2020


Kaela Noel and I discuss in detail how she trained to become an author, found a literary agent, rewrote her book until it was salable, and is now celebrating the release of her debut novel. We talk about worldbuilding …

61 Author Barbara Shoup Returns

February 22nd, 2020


My friend Barbara Shoup returns to the podcast to share lessons from her writing life and her new book about writing, A COMMOTION IN YOUR HEART. She talks candidly about struggling with depression, finding joy in …

60 Author Catherine Linka

February 15th, 2020


Catherine Linka and I discuss the art world and teen homelessness as both are featured in her new novel, WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE. Catherine shares how she became an author through first being a bookseller, which led her …

59 Author Jillian Boehme

February 8th, 2020


Jillian Boehme shares tales of being Authoress Anon and running one of the best author resource websites of all time, MISS SNARK’S FIRST VICTIM. We chat about her new novel, STORMRISE, how being a musician influences …

58 Literary Agent Allison Hellegers

February 1st, 2020


Allison Hellegers and I discuss her twenty-plus years of experience in publishing as a literary scout and a foreign rights director, as well as her …

57 Author Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

January 25th, 2020


Jennifer Voigt Kaplan and I discuss her award-winning debut novel, CRUSHING THE RED FLOWERS, set in 1938 Germany. We examine research techniques for writing historical middle grade fiction, including interviewing …

56 Author Shauna Holyoak

January 18th, 2020


Shauna Holyoak and I discuss her KAZU JONES series with tips for writing middle grade mysteries, rewriting a story until it's right, and writing …

55 Author Erin Bow

January 11th, 2020


Erin Bow shares stories about winning the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award with her debut novel, working at the CERN laboratory, being a science writer for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and …

2nd MGN Clip Show 2019

December 28th, 2019


It’s the second ever Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from episodes 31 through 59, including never-before-heard clips from shows …

54 Editor Lauren Smulski

December 14th, 2019


Lauren Smulski reveals candid details about her career in NYC publishing, including salary specifics, as she rose from assistant editor to an editor …

53 Author Stefani Deoul

December 7th, 2019


Stefani Deoul and I enjoy a far-ranging conversation about the creative process across multiple mediums. We talk about her career as a film and …

52 Author Lance Rubin

November 30th, 2019


Lance Rubin and I talk about his background as an actor and improvisational comedian and what that experience brings to his new young adult novel, …

51 Author Angie Karcher

November 23rd, 2019


Angie Karcher and I talk quite a bit about writers conferences, specifically how to get the most out of them and things writers shouldn’t do when …

50 Author Mariama J. Lockington

November 16th, 2019


Mariama J. Lockington and I discuss transracial adoption and other issues raised in her phenomenal debut novel, FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME. She relates how she went from a reluctant reader to a poet, competing in slam …

49 Author Mira Bartók

November 9th, 2019


Mira Bartók and I discuss her novel, THE WONDERLING, its inception, the incredible circumstances that led to its sale at auction and a movie deal …

48 Literary Agent Christa Heschke

November 2nd, 2019


Christa Heschke and I chat about her journey from an intern to a seasoned literary agent, her thoughts on contract negotiation and enforcement, her financial advice for authors, her tips for gaining literary …

47 Author Shamim Sarif

October 26th, 2019


Shamim Sarif and I talk about her career directing films and writing novels, the differences and similarities between the two, and her approach to …

46 Author Nancy Richardson Fischer

October 19th, 2019


Nancy Richardson Fischer and I discuss her fascinating career from her first job writing for Barnum and Bailey Circus to her time with Lucas Film, during which she wrote a trilogy in the STAR WARS: JUNIOR JEDI KNIGHTS …

45 Author Alicia D. Williams

October 12th, 2019


Alicia D. Williams and I talk about colorism and adolescent cruelty, which she explores brilliantly in her novel, GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN. She also …

44 Author Francesca Zappia

October 5th, 2019


Prepare yourself, Esteemed Audience, for this spooky first episode of October that features real ghost stories. Fellow Hoosier Francesca Zappia and I talk about our mutual love of writing horror stories set in Indiana, …

43 Literary Agent Carrie Pestritto

September 28th, 2019


Carrie Pestritto and I chat about all kinds of fun stuff like Ancient Aliens and simulation theory. At times this episode basically becomes "The …

42 Author Gregg Millman

September 21st, 2019


Gregg Millman and I talk about his time in Hollywood as a screenwriter and advertising expert, as well as his time working for MSNBC. He gives …

41 Author John Claude Bemis

September 12th, 2019


John Claude Bemis and I talk about a little bit of everything: art, music, elementary education, and, of course, literature. He gives a preview of his class on revision in the second half of our conversation that every …

40 Author Annie Sullivan

September 9th, 2019


What don't Annie Sullivan and I talk about in this extensive episode? We discuss her new novel, TIGER QUEEN, of course, but we also talk about her …

39 Public Relations Expert Claire McKinney

September 6th, 2019


Claire McKinney and I have an in-depth, though brief conversation about marketing middle grade novels. We talk about her work with both independently and traditionally published authors and the differences in promoting …

38 Author Thomas Taylor

September 4th, 2019


Thomas Taylor and I discuss his new novel, MALAMANDER, and writing creepy, atmospheric monster stories for children. We also talk quite a lot about ghosts, flying saucers, and the parts of being a writer that strike us …

37 Author Dan Gutman

September 2nd, 2019


Dan Gutman and I have an in-depth chat about his classic series, MY WEIRD SCHOOL, as I attempt to gain the secret to writing humor for kids. We talk about how he conceives of an idea, his process for planning and …

36 Author Sharon M. Draper

August 29th, 2019


Sharon M. Draper allows us to live vicariously through her with her story of writing TEARS OF A TIGER during study hall periods as an English teacher, which went on to win the Coretta Scott King Author Honor and launch …

35 Author Laura Martin Returns

August 27th, 2019


My friend Laura Martin, our first ever guest, becomes our first ever return guest. In her second episode, she and I discuss Big Foot, The Lochness Monster, flying saucers (naturally), and all of my favorite things, …

34 Author Allan Woodrow

August 23rd, 2019


Allan Woodrow and I talk about overcoming fear and self doubt in writing as well as his newest novel, THE CURSE OF THE WEREPENGUIN. We discuss how writing every day without fail has led him to publish thirty books in …

33 Author Kate Hannigan

August 21st, 2019


Kate Hannigan and I discuss her newest novel CAPE and the 2016 Golden Kite award winner, THE DETECTIVE'S ASSISTANT. We do a deep dive on writing and …

32 Editor Molly Cusick

August 16th, 2019


Molly Cusick and I discuss editing, both in her current role as an editor with Sourcebooks and as a successful literary agent for eight years. She …

31 Literary Agent Jennifer Mattson

August 13th, 2019


Literary Agent Jennifer Mattson and I discus her career in publishing from her time as an editor with Dutton to her time as a professional book reviewer up to her last decade spent as an agent with Andrea Brown Literary …

1st MGN Clip Show 2018

August 2nd, 2019


It’s the first ever Middle Grade Ninja clips show, featuring snippets from each of the podcast’s first 30 episodes. This is the perfect place for new …

30 Author Debbie Dadey

July 12th, 2019


Debbie Dadey and I discuss her nearly 30-year career publishing over 160 children's books, from her classic debut, VAMPIRES DON'T WEAR POLKA DOTS, to her newest series, MERMAID TALES. She shares how she and coauthor …

29 Author M.G. Hennessey

July 11th, 2019


M.G. Hennessey and I discuss her new middle grade novel THE ECHO PARK CASTAWAYS and her previous book, THE OTHER BOY, as well as the state of the American foster care system. Also, STAR WARS and flying saucers. M.G. …

28 Editor Diana M. Pho

June 26th, 2019


Diana M. Pho and I chat about her career in publishing from her time as an international marketing assistant with Hachette to her eight years and counting as an editor with Tor Books. She walks me through the process of …

27 Author Marie Miranda Cruz

June 20th, 2019


Marie Miranda Cruz and I talk about her journey to write and publish her first novel, EVERLASTING NORA, including how she got her literary agent and her experience working with editor Diana Pho and even how she got the …

26 Author Amber Smith

June 15th, 2019


Author Amber Smith and I discuss her newest novel, SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY. We talk about where she got her idea originally, her process for writing it, and the techniques she employed in telling her story. We also talk …

25 Literary Agent Molly O'Neill

June 12th, 2019


Molly O'Neill and I discuss her career in publishing from her start in marketing with Clarion Books to her time as an editor with Harper Collins to …

24 Author Dustin Brady

June 7th, 2019


Author Dustin Brady and I discuss his experiences publishing both independently and traditionally for the middle grade market. We talk at length about his series TRAPPED IN A VIDEO GAME and the LEILA AND NUGGET …

23 Literary Agent John Rudolph

May 30th, 2019


Literary Agent John Rudolph and I discuss his career in publishing from his start as a reluctant reader in childhood to becoming an editor to his …

22 Author Daniel José Older

May 28th, 2019


Daniel José Older and I chat about his bestselling young adult series SHADOWSHAPER CYPHER and his new middle grade series, DACTYL HILL SQUAD. And …

A Reading From Banneker Bones And The Alligator People

May 15th, 2019


Author Rob Kent reads three chapters from his new middle grade novel, BANNEKER BONES AND THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE.

About the book:

Eleven-year-old cousins …

21 Author Jessica Lawson

May 10th, 2019


Jessica Lawson and I chat about writing and the strange quirks of being a writer. We discuss each of her books, where she gets her ideas, and her best writing practices. She doesn't sing a song about lost socks, alas, …

20 Literary Agent Elana Roth Parker

May 7th, 2019


Literary Agent Elana Roth Parker and I discuss her career as an editor and a literary agent (and a few other jobs). We talk about how authors should …

19 Editor Alison S. Weiss

April 25th, 2019


Editor Alison S. Weiss and I discuss her career in publishing and her editing expertise. We cover a little bit of everything from how she got her start in the business to recommendations for those who want to establish …

18 Literary Agent Holly Root

April 18th, 2019


Literary Agent Holly Root and I discuss her career in publishing from working in the mail room, to making a name for herself as an agent, to now …

17 Author Padma Venkatraman

April 16th, 2019


Padma Venkatraman and I discuss her new middle grade novel, THE BRIDGE HOME. We discuss everything from her childhood in India to her becoming an oceanographer and now an award-winning author. We also discuss religion, …

16 Public Relations Expert Megan Beatie

April 11th, 2019


Public relations expert Megan Beatie and I discuss book marketing for middle grade novels, young adult novels, and picture books. She shares her …

15 Author Kathi Appelt

March 18th, 2019


Kathi Appelt and I discuss her first young adult novel, ANGEL THIEVES, as well as her many wonderful picture books and middle grade novels. She …

14 Author Lamar Giles

March 13th, 2019


Lamar Giles and I discuss his newest middle grade adventure novel, THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER, his young adult thrillers, and our mutual love for …

13 Author Steven K. Smith

March 7th, 2019


Author Steven K. Smith and I discuss indie publishing for the middle grade market and his advice for writers. We talk about his series THE VIRGINIA MYSTERIES and how utilizing local landmarks and history helped him …

12 Literary Agent Jennifer March Soloway

March 5th, 2019


Literary Agent Jennifer March Soloway and I discuss the types of projects she's looking for, how she evaluates queries and writing samples, and the …

11 Author Tommy Greenwald

February 22nd, 2019


Author Tommy Greenwald and I discuss his career in publishing and his advice for writers. We do a deep dive on his process from having his initial idea to planning the story to planning a series and working with his …

10 Author Daniel Kenney

February 19th, 2019


Author Daniel Kenney and I discuss his career in publishing and his advice for writers. We go to some weird places with our mutual love of flying saucers and even discuss whether or not the moon landing was faked …

9 Literary Agent John Cusick

February 4th, 2019


Literary Agent and author John Cusick and I discuss his career in publishing and his advice for writers. We talk about diversity in publishing, his tips for landing an agent, and many other great things you won't want …

8 Editor Amy Tipton

January 22nd, 2019


Editor and former literary agent Amy Tipton and I discuss her career in publishing and her approach to editing. We chat about her time representing Courtney Summers, Amy Reed, and many other famous YA authors and I …

7 Author Jacqueline West

January 18th, 2019


NYT Bestselling author Jacqueline West and I discuss her career in publishing as well as her approach to writing and her background as a performer …

6 Author Susan Kaye Quinn

January 11th, 2019


Author and indie publishing expert Susan Kaye Quinn and I discuss her career in publishing as well as her approach to writing and editing. She shares …

5 Editor Mary Kole

December 4th, 2018


Editor and former literary agent Mary Kole and I discuss her career in publishing and her approach to editing. She shares many tips for how to create …

4 Author Darby Karchut

December 4th, 2018


Author Darby Karchut and I discuss her new middle grade novel, Del Toro Moon, as well as her advice for writers and thoughts and writing and publishing in general. We also chat a bit about our mutual love for author …

Bonus Episode Indy Author Fair 2017 Genre Writing Panel

December 4th, 2018


I chat with fellow genre writers Maurice Broaddus, Sandy James, and Tony Perona during the Genre Writing Panel at the Indy Author Fair held Saturday, …

3 Author Jeff Norton

December 1st, 2018


Author Jeff Norton and I discuss his new middle grade novel, Alienated, as well as his philosophy on writing and his advice for writers. Naturally, we also discussed our mutual love for zombies and the series Choose …

2 Author Barbara Shoup

December 1st, 2018


Barbara Shoup, one of my most favorite writers and the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, joined me for this second episode. We had a …

1 Author Laura Martin

December 1st, 2018


Laura Martin, my friend and author of THE EDGE OF EXTINCTION series discusses her newest middle grade novel, FLOAT. She also shares intimate details into her writing process and her writer's journey thus far and …

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