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Story of the Book is a podcast where middle grade, YA and picture book authors tell the stories of their books from beginning to end. Where did the idea come from? How did drafting go? What were revisions like? How did the book go from being a manuscript on a computer to an Actual, Real Book? All of that—and more—with our wonderful guests.

Story of the Book Hayley Chewins + Lindsay Eagar

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Story of the Book is a podcast where middle grade, YA and picture book authors tell the stories of their books from beginning to end. Where did the idea come from? How did drafting go? What were revisions like? How did the book go from being a manuscript on a computer to an Actual, Real Book? All of that—and more—with our wonderful guests.

    Christine Day: The Sea in Winter

    Christine Day: The Sea in Winter

    In this episode of Story of the Book, Christine Day walks us through how she wrote her second middle grade novel, The Sea in Winter, which was published by Heartdrum in January 2021. We talk about second book syndrome, writing middle grade stories that don't get rid of the parents, and why there's never a perfect time to write a book. We loved this conversation and we hope you do, too!

    Show notes:

    Christine Day's website

    Buy The Sea in Winter

    Add The Sea in Winter on Goodreads

    Christine mentions a landslide that affected the Makah people. You can read more about that here.

    Heartdrum, Harper's imprint for Native American authors and stories

    Hedgebrook

    The restoration of the Elwha River 

    Christine's chapter book biography of Maria Tallchief, America's first prima ballerina

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Anna-Marie McLemore: Lakelore

    Anna-Marie McLemore: Lakelore

    In this episode of Story of the Book, we talk to Anna-Marie McLemore about how they wrote their upcoming YA novel, Lakelore, which is set to be released March 8, 2022 from Feiwel and Friends. We discuss the complications and joys of writing with a neurodiverse brain about neurodiverse characters, why it's important to ask your editor what's working in your manuscript as well as what isn't working, and how a story can shift beneath your very feet (and why you should let it!). 

    Show notes:

    Buy Lakelore

    Add Lakelore on Goodreads

    Anna-Marie's website

    Alebrijes

    Add Self-Made Man on Goodreads

    Our logo was designed by Ashley Chewins

    Our theme music was written & performed by us.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    R.M. Romero: The Dollmaker of Kraków

    R.M. Romero: The Dollmaker of Kraków

    Trigger warning: This episode of Story of the Book contains discussions about the Holocaust, including mentions of genocide, extermination camps and anti-Semitism. Please take care.

    In this episode of Story of the Book, we chat to R.M. Romero about how she wrote her debut middle grade novel, The Dollmaker of Kraków, which came out in September 2017 from Delacorte Press. We talk about the challenge of balancing light and darkness in fiction, using magic to write about trauma, and why Rachael hates it when someone asks her how the magic in her books "works." We loved this conversation with Rachael and we hope you love it, too! 

    SPOILER WARNING: In this episode, we discuss the plot of The Dollmaker of Kraków in detail. If you hate spoilers, please read the book first! We don’t want to ruin it for you! :)

    Show notes:

    Buy The Dollmaker of Kraków

    Add The Dollmaker of Kraków on Goodreads

    Rachael’s website

    Rachael visited Auschwitz-Birkenau when she was 18.

    NaNoWriMo 

    Over the Garden Wall

    Magical realism

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

    The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

    Schindler’s List

    The Grey Zone

    Mischling by Affinity Konar

    The Last Days

    The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffman

    The Nutcracker Prince

    Thumbelina

    The Borrowers by Mary Norton

    Terry Pratchett: "The first draft is just you telling yourself the story."

    Rachael did a revise and resubmit for her first agent.

    Hans Christian Anderson

    Lisa Perrin, illustrator

    Rabbi Loeb and the Golem of Prague

    The Ghosts of Rose Hill is out on May 3rd, 2022.

    Add The Ghosts of Rose Hill on Goodreads

    Our logo was designed by Ashley Chewins

    Our theme music was written & performed by us.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Lindsay Eagar: Race to the Bottom of the Sea

    Lindsay Eagar: Race to the Bottom of the Sea

    In this episode of Story of the Book, Lindsay Eagar talks us through how she wrote her second middle grade novel, Race to the Bottom of the Sea, which was published by Candlewick Press in October 2017. We talk about starting a book with a list of things you love, what it means to "write what you know" and how, sometimes, telling everyone the ending is a good idea. :)

    SPOILER WARNING: In this episode, we discuss the plot of Race to the Bottom of the Sea in detail. If you haven't read the book and you hate spoilers, please read the book before listening! We don't want to ruin it for you! :) 

    Show notes:

    Lindsay's website 

    Follow Lindsay on Twitter

    Follow Lindsay on Instagram

    Buy Race to the Bottom of the Sea

    Add Race to the Bottom of the Sea on Goodreads

    Lindsay's agent is Victoria Marini 

    Road Dahl

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    The Ramona Books

    Lindsay mentions a Disney movie called Shipwrecked, starring Gabriel Byrne

    Jake and the Never Land Pirates

    Alexandre Desplat wrote the score for the film adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Muppet Treasure Island

    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Pirates of the Caribbean 

    Lindsay mention's synaesthesia when she's talking about the use of colour in her work

    Kaylan Adair, Lindsay's editor at Candlewick

    The origin of the word amateur 

    Lindsay's hugely successful online writing courses!

    Martha Beck

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Hayley Chewins: The Sisters of Straygarden Place

    Hayley Chewins: The Sisters of Straygarden Place

    In this episode of Story of the Book, Hayley Chewins tells us how she wrote her second middle grade novel, The Sisters of Straygarden Place, which was published by Candlewick Press in October 2020. We talk about "trying on" different versions of a story, cultivating patience and love for your own personal writing process, and the importance of chasing pleasure and joy.

    SPOILER WARNING: In this episode, we discuss the plot of The Sisters of Straygarden Place in detail. If you haven't read the book and you hate spoilers, please read the book before listening! We don't want to ruin it for you! :)

    Show notes:

    Hayley's website 

    Follow Hayley on Twitter

    Buy The Sisters of Straygarden Place

    Add The Sisters of Straygarden Place on Goodreads

    Hayley's agent, Patricia Nelson

    The movie Crimson Peak

    You can read more about Martha Beck's distinction between games and real careers in her book, The Joy Diet (p.138). 

    Hayley's sister is an athlete and fitness coach

    Our theme music was written and performed by...us! (Hayley Chewins & Lindsay Eagar)

    Our logo was designed by Ashley Chewins 

    • 1 hr 25 min

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