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We'd Like A Word

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A podcast & radio show about words: writers, readers, books, poetry, lyrics, scripts, comedy, illustrators, agents & all things wordy.


14. YA young adult books (part 2) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh

YA young adult books (part 2) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh: Sarwat & Shiulie discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to write & market YA (young adult) and mid-lit books. Sarwat is the author of City of the Plague God published by Rick Riordan Presents. He's also the author of The Templar Chronicles (trilogy) (coming out - again - soon with a new part 3), The Ash Mistry series, The Dragon's Eye, Mission Atomic, The Devil's Kiss, The City of Death, and Dark Goddess. He also writes the animated The Legend of Hanuman series for Disney Hotstars. And he has a tendency to get into trouble with rhinos & other occasionally aggressive species. Shiulie is the author of the Daughter of Kali trilogy (& prequel), the Chronicles of Cetaea duology, Mark of the Djinn, The Prince and his Thief, and Soul Quest - some of them published by Peach Publishing. She's also the renowned ITN, Al Jazeera, BBC & TRT TV foreign correspondent & presenter. She honed her diplomatic skills talking herself out of tight corners in war zones.

Shiulie & Sarwat discuss paranormal fantasy; gritty urban coming-of-age romance; diversity & appropriation in representation & writing; creating an anti-Indiana Jones hero, mythology & varying value systems; Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad adventures; making a place for kickass mothers in YA fiction; how to & whether to tackle tough issues like sex, violence, drugs, death, racism, cancer, incest, murder & rape; and who exactly is this goddess Kali they both find so galvanising?

We also hear about other inspirational authors, agents & phenomena including Natasha Ngan, Olivia Chadha, SA Chakraborty, Sonia Land, Piers Blofeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rick Riordan, Grayson perry, Angie Thomas, John Green, Ray Harryhausen, Kali, Peter L Barnes and Indiana Jones.

We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.

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