Ep. 89: Soman Chainani, Author of Beasts and Beauty

I’m thrilled to share an episode today with author Soman Chainani. I’ve seen firsthand the way his School for Good and Evil series hooked kids on reading and young people will be excited to pick up his new collection of fairy tales, Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales. 

Soman Chainani’s debut series, The School for Good and Evil, has sold more than 3 million copies, been translated into 30 languages, and will be a major motion picture from Netflix in 2022. His new book, Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales released in September. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Soman began his career as a screenwriter and director, with his films playing at over 150 film festivals around the world. He lives in New York City.

 

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A volume that transports readers to a place where the lines between beastly natures and beautiful appearances can be difficult to discern. Expertly crafted . . . Chainani’s writing is raw in what it lays bare on the page, perfectly appropriate to revisiting these beloved, ubiquitous stories that may have left readers with naïve expectations or dissatisfied conclusions. For any lover of fairy tales who seeks alternative endings. -Kirkus

To learn more about Soman Chainani, follow him on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://somanchainani.com/.

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Ep. 88: Christina Baker Kline, Author of The Exiles

If you love reading (or writing!) novels that bring untold women’s stories to life, this week’s episode is for you. Tune into my conversation with Christina Baker Kline, whose brilliant, captivating novel The Exiles is now out in paperback.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have received the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other prizes, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as “One Book, One Read” selections. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the NYT Book Review, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, and Slate.

 

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A powerful, emotionally resonant novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of four women’s lives—three English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl—in nineteenth-century Australia.

To learn more about Christina Baker Kline, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit http://christinabakerkline.com.

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Ep. 87: Fade Into the Bright with Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Today we have a special episode with writing partners, Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz, authors of the new young adult novel Fade Into the Bright, about two sisters, one summer, and a diagnosis that changes everything. 

Alyssa Embree Schwartz, from Virginia Beach, and Jessica Koosed Etting, a Los Angeles native, met at the University of Southern California and became best friends after meeting on the first day of school freshman year.  After graduating and moving in together, they began a career in television writing. Following a lifelong passion for literature and fiction, Jessica and Alyssa branched into the world of Young Adult Fiction several years ago with the Georgetown Academy series, The Lost Causes, and their latest, Fade into the Bright.

 

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“Give this layered romance to readers who wished for a happy ending to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.” School Library Journal

To learn more about Jessica and Alyssa, follow them on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit http://www.jessicaandalyssa.com/.

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Ep. 86: Katie Crouch, Author of Embassy Wife

Tune into this week’s episode with  New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch. Her new novel, Embassy Wife follows two women abroad searching for the truth about their husbands—and their country.

Katie is also the author of Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, and Abroad. She has written essays for The New York Times, Glamour, The Guardian, Slate, Salon, and Tin House. A former resident of Namibia and San Francisco, she now lives in Vermont with her family and teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College.

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 In addition to sketching complex characters with rich backstories, Crouch excels at moving the plot forward while not missing any opportunity to observe the human condition. With wit and tenderness, [Embassy Wife] explores the complicated nature of race, power, marriage, colonization, diplomacy, and community. A sharp, funny, page-turning romp. Kirkus

 

To learn more about Katie, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://us.macmillan.com/author/katiecrouch/

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Ep. 85: Kristin Harmel, Author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

This week my guest is Kristin Harmel, whose new historical novel, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, is about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis during World War II. This is such a compelling, heart wrenching read and hearing about the inspiration for this novel and the research Kristin did was fascinating. I hope you tune in and of course, pick up a copy of the book.

 

 

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With breathtaking natural descriptions, vivid historical details, and a brave heroine worth cheering for who must fulfill a destiny prophesied since birth, this novel is not to be missed!

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Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into twenty-nine languages and are sold all over the world. She is also the co-founder and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about Kristin, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://kristinharmel.com.

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Ep. 84: Brittney Morris, Author of The Cost of Knowing

This week I’m chatting with Brittney Morris, whose new young adult novel The Cost of Knowing has received wide acclaim including multiple starred reviews, inclusion on the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide, and an Indie Next Pick selection. Tune in to hear more about the book, Brittney’s writing process, what she’s been reading lately, and much more.

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Emotional and gripping, The Cost of Knowing uses fantastical elements to convey how life-threateningly real the problems that Black boys face in America are—so real, in fact, that even having superpowers isn’t always enough to overcome them.

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Brittney Morris is also the author of SLAY, the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club, and holds a degree in economics. To learn more about Brittney, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://www.authorbrittneymorris.com.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 83: Sarah Penner, Author of The Lost Apothecary

This week I’m chatting with Sarah Penner, whose debut novel The Lost Apothecary was an instant NY Times bestseller and is being translated into 30 languages worldwide. We discuss Sarah’s inspiring path to publication, writing a dual timeline historical novel, the casting of the phenomenal audiobook, and much more!

 

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Spellbinding… Like in a well-brewed potion, all the ingredients have been given exactly the right level of care and time, and the result is a novel that simply overwhelms with its delicate spell.

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A graduate of the University of Kansas, Sarah spent thirteen years in corporate finance and now writes full-time. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more about Sarah Penner, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://www.sarahpenner.com/.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 82: Mary Dixie Carter, Author of The Photographer

Looking for summer reads to add to your list? My guest today is Mary Dixie Carter, whose debut novel The Photographer is sure to have you binge reading on the beach.

Mary Dixie’s writing has appeared in TIME, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and other print and online publications.  She worked at The Observer, where she served as the publishing director and also has a background as a professional actor. Mary Dixie graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in English Literature and holds an MFA from The New School.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.

 

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Mary Dixie Carter’s debut is standout psychological suspense! With excellent pacing and a completely addictive style, The Photographer is exactly the kind of book you want to read in one sitting. This is a sneaky and unsettling read that’ll leave you guessing from start to finish.

—Becky LeJeune, BookBar, Denver, CO (Indie Next List)

 

To learn more about Mary Dixie, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://www.marydixiecarter.com/.

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Ep. 80: Mary Alice Monroe on The Summer of Lost and Found

Today I’m thrilled to be chatting with bestselling author, Mary Alice Monroe. If you’re looking for a beach read to add to your stack, The Summer of Lost and Found is sure to sweep you away!

 

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Mary Alice Monroe’s inspired choice to write about the pandemic during the pandemic has paid off in this next installment of her acclaimed Beach House series, which can easily be read as a stand-alone, too. Quarantine isn’t so much an issue as it is a setting in the book, bringing unlikely housemates together…A novel of growing up, saying goodbye to the past, and learning to ask yourself the hard questions, including one of the most vital of all: ‘Who do you really want to be?’

—Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Mary Alice Monroe is the author of 27 books, including the latest addition to her bestselling Beach House series, The Summer of Lost and Found. More than 7.5 million copies of her books have been published worldwide, and she’s earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame. Mary Alice is also the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends and Fiction featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Patti Callahan Henry. 

To learn more about Mary Alice, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming The Summer of Lost and Found events visit https://maryalicemonroe.com.

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 79: Kate Hope Day, Author of In the Quick

Today I’m chatting with author Kate Hope Day. We discussed her new book, In The Quick, the story of a young, ambitious female astronaut whose life is upended by a love affair that threatens the rescue of a lost crew. 

 

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To learn more about Kate Hope Day, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming In the Quick Events visit https://www.katehopeday.com.

 

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