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Welcome to the Princeton Public Library's teen writing podcast hosted by Lily and Sophie of the PPL Teen Advisory Board. Through interviews with authors, we offer insight to young adults and readers on the writing process!

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Welcome to the Princeton Public Library's teen writing podcast hosted by Lily and Sophie of the PPL Teen Advisory Board. Through interviews with authors, we offer insight to young adults and readers on the writing process!

    15 - Gabriella Lepore on Writing Compelling Character-Focused Mysteries, Unpredictable Twists, and Using Romance to Raise the Stakes

    15 - Gabriella Lepore on Writing Compelling Character-Focused Mysteries, Unpredictable Twists, and Using Romance to Raise the Stakes

    This week, we spoke with Gabriella Lepore, author of the YA mystery novels This Is Why We Lie and The Last One to Fall. Tune in to hear her talk about the books that inspire her, how she writes unpredictable twists, and how she writes character-focused mysteries that are fast-paced and unputdownable.



    Pre-order Bad Like Us (out March 5th, 2024): https://bookshop.org/p/books/bad-like-us-original-gabriella-lepore/20071728?ean=9781335453877 



    Check out Gabriella Lepore’s books at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/search?query=Lepore%2C%20Gabriella&searchType=author 



    Purchase This Is Why We Lie: https://bookshop.org/p/books/this-is-why-we-lie-gabriella-lepore/15767351?ean=9781335418609 

    Purchase The Last One to Fall:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-last-one-to-fall-gabriella-lepore/18073376?ean=9781335915863 



    Purchase Secrets in Phoenix (Phoenix Holt, book 1) or read it on Kindle Unlimited here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Phoenix-Holt-1/dp/1517426979

     

    Purchase The Witches of the Glass Castle (The Witches of the Glass Castle, book 1) or read it on Kindle Unlimited here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Glass-Castle-Gabriella-Lepore/dp/B09K22MCK6/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1697730997&sr=1-1 



    Purchase Blackheath (The Blackheath Witches, book 1) or read it on Kindle Unlimited here: 

    https://www.amazon.com/Blackheath-Witches-Book-1-ebook/dp/B019KFDWBY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3ATJPSL00HE01&keywords=blackheath+gabriella+lepore&qid=1697731103&s=books&sprefix=blackheath+gabriella+l%2Cstripbooks%2C752&sr=1-1 



    Purchase How I Found You or read it on Kindle Unlimited here:

    https://www.amazon.com/How-Found-You-Gabriella-Lepore-ebook/dp/B00J65HCZ6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2OQLBQ09KWLIV&keywords=how+i+found+you+gabriella+lepore&qid=1697731148&s=books&sprefix=how+i+found+you+gabriella+le%2Cstripbooks%2C707&sr=1-1 



    Purchase Evanescent or read it on Kindle Unlimited here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Evanescent-Gabriella-Lepore-ebook/dp/B08272CV58/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35IKHSD5TMS0J&keywords=evanescent+gabriella+lepore&qid=1697731198&s=books&sprefix=evanescent+gabriella+le%2Cstripbooks%2C693&sr=1-1 



    Purchase Friday’s List or read it on Kindle Unlimited here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Fridays-List-Gabriella-Lepore/dp/154234915X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=37W6C0N7HYJVQ&keywords=friday%27s+list+gabriella+lepore&qid=1697731226&s=books&sprefix=friday%27s+list+gabriella+lep%2Cstripbooks%2C697&sr=1-1 



    Gabriella Lepore’s book recommendations:

    A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

    Check out at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1419515 



    Tell Me What Really Happened by Chelsea Sedoti

    Purchase: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tell-me-what-really-happened-chelsea-sedoti/1141459543?ean=9781492673057 



    The Guest List by Lucy Foley

    Check out at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1425193 



    How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine

    Check out at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1454475 



    Lily’s book rec:

    The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

    Check out at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1385248 



    Follow Gabriella Lepore on social media:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellalepore_books/ 

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@my_life_in_books?lang=en 

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814169.Gabriella_Lepore 



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    Music: “Silver Flicker” by Colors of Illusion.

    • 27 min
    14 - Lamar Giles on Pacing Compelling Plots and Cultivating Each Protagonist's Unique Voice

    14 - Lamar Giles on Pacing Compelling Plots and Cultivating Each Protagonist's Unique Voice

    This week, we spoke with Lamar Giles, the Edgar Award-nominated author of the YA thriller novels Fake ID, Endangered, Spin, and Overturned; the YA contemporary novel Not So Pure and Simple; and the YA horror novel The Getaway. Lamar Giles is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books and the author of the A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure middle grade series.



    Tune in to hear him talk about pacing the plots of his novels in a way that makes them compelling without feeling rushed, how he raises the stakes in both his contemporary and horror/thriller novels, and how he creates characters with unique perspectives on the world and maintains their voices throughout his stories.



    Follow Lamar Giles on social media:

    Website: https://www.lamargiles.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lamargiles/ 

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6571558.Lamar_Giles 



    Pre-order Static: Up All Night: https://bookshop.org/p/books/static-up-all-night/18906834?ean=9781779510518 



    Purchase Epic Ellisons: Cosmos Camp:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/epic-ellisons-cosmos-camp-lamar-giles/19218090?ean=9780358423379 



    Purchase House Party: 

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/house-party/18850108?ean=9780593488157 



    Purchase Fake ID:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/fake-id-lamar-giles/6430749?ean=9780062121851 



    Purchase Endangered:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/endangered-lamar-giles/6433415?ean=9780062297570 



    Purchase Spin:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/spin-lamar-giles/6942064?ean=9781338582185 



    Purchase Overturned:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/overturned-lamar-giles/6942762?ean=9781338312843 



    Purchase Not So Pure and Simple: https://bookshop.org/p/books/not-so-pure-and-simple-lamar-giles/6434773?ean=9780062349200 



    Purchase The Getaway:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-getaway-lamar-giles/18073727?ean=9781338752014 



    Purchase The Last Last-Day-of-Summer:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-last-last-day-of-summer-lamar-giles/6960671?ean=9780358244417 



    Check out Lamar Giles’ books at the library:

    https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/search?query=lamar%20giles&searchType=bl&page=1 



    Lamar Giles’ book recommendations:

    The Library of Broken Worlds by Alaya Dawn Johnson:

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-library-of-broken-worlds/18383203?ean=9781338290622 



    Superman Lost: 

    https://www.amazon.com/Superman-Lost-2023-1-Priest-ebook/dp/B0BVGS885X  



    How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix:

    Purchase: https://bookshop.org/p/books/how-to-sell-a-haunted-house-grady-hendrix/18965143?ean=9780593201268 

    Check it out at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1458124 



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    The music featured in today's episode is "Silver Flicker" by Colors of Illusion.

    • 27 min
    13 - Maureen Johnson on Plotting Intricate Mystery Novels and Crafting Witty Dialogue

    13 - Maureen Johnson on Plotting Intricate Mystery Novels and Crafting Witty Dialogue

    This week, we spoke with Maureen Johnson, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the incredibly popular Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, the 13 Little Blue Envelopes series, and the Shades of London series. Tune in to hear Maureen Johnson talk about how she plots her intricate mystery novels, how she created a compelling and lovable detective in her Truly Devious series, and how she writes realistic and witty dialogue. 



    Follow Maureen Johnson on social media:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maureenjohnsonbooks/ 

    Website: https://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com/ 

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10317.Maureen_Johnson 



    Check out Maureen Johnson’s books at the library:

    Truly Devious (Truly Devious, Book 1): https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1394263 

    Suite Scarlett (Suite Scarlett, Book 1): https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1249264 

    13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, Book 1): https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1406183 

    Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances Anthology: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1256106 



    Purchase Maureen Johnson’s books:

    Purchase The Name of the Star (Shades of London, Book 1): https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-name-of-the-star-maureen-johnson/1516849?ean=9780142422052 

    Purchase Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village: https://bookshop.org/p/books/your-guide-to-not-getting-murdered-in-a-quaint-english-village-maureen-johnson/15876384?ean=9781984859624 

    Purchase Girl at Sea: https://bookshop.org/p/books/girl-at-sea-maureen-johnson/7912727?ean=9780060541460 

    Purchase Hello, Cruel Heart: https://bookshop.org/p/books/hello-cruel-heart-maureen-johnson/15712725?ean=9781368057769 

    Purchase Truly Devious (Truly Devious, Book 1): https://bookshop.org/p/books/truly-devious-a-mystery-maureen-johnson/6782740?ean=9780062338068 

    Purchase Suite Scarlett (Suite Scarlett, Book 1): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/suite-scarlett-maureen-johnson/1100294772?ean=9780545232005 

    Purchase 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, Book 1): https://bookshop.org/p/books/13-little-blue-envelopes-maureen-johnson/6437294?ean=9780062439109 

    Purchase Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances Anthology: https://bookshop.org/p/books/let-it-snow-three-holiday-romances-lauren-myracle/8629049?ean=9780142412145 



    Shelve Death at Morning House on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63280431-death-at-morning-house?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=8i2D8lzsWU&rank=1 



    Maureen Johnson’s book recommendations:

    Purchase The Hound of the Baskervilles: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-hound-of-the-baskervilles-arthur-conan-sir-doyle/11169645?ean=9780451528018 



    Check out The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1187064

    Purchase The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-westing-game-puffin-modern-classics-ellen-raskin/18421621?ean=9780142401200 



    Check out Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1453376 

    Purchase Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo: https://bookshop.org/p/books/hell-bent-leigh-bardugo/18965191?ean=9781250313102 



    Check out the writing tool Maureen Johnson uses, Scrivener: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview 



    Sophie’s book recommendation:

    Check out If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1384424 

    Purchase If We Were Villains: https://bookshop.org/p/books/if-we-were-villains-m-l-rio/8476867?ean=9781250095299 



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    • 44 min
    12 - Kristen Simmons on Writing Survivor Stories, Creating Lovable Casts of Characters, and Her Upcoming YA Yōkai Horror Novel, Find Him Where You Left Him Dead

    12 - Kristen Simmons on Writing Survivor Stories, Creating Lovable Casts of Characters, and Her Upcoming YA Yōkai Horror Novel, Find Him Where You Left Him Dead

    This week, the Keeping TABs podcast spoke with Kristen Simmons, the critically-acclaimed author of the YA dystopian Article 5 series, the YA thriller Vale Hall series, and three YA speculative fiction standalones, Pacifica, Metaltown, and The Glass Arrow. Tune in to hear her talk about writing survivor stories, creating lovable casts of characters, and her upcoming YA yōkai horror novel, Find Him Where You Left Him Dead.



    Follow Kristen Simmons on social media:

    Website: https://www.kristensimmonsbooks.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kris10writes/?hl=en 

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4692856.Kristen_Simmons 



    Pre-order Find Him Where You Left Him Dead: https://bookshop.org/p/books/find-him-where-you-left-him-dead-kristen-simmons/19538772?ean=9781250851123 



    Check out Pacifica at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1397924 



    Purchase The Deceivers (Vale Hall, Book 1): https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-deceivers-kristen-simmons/9848140?ean=9781250175793 

    Purchase Article 5 (Article 5, Book 1): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/article-5-kristen-simmons/1104154962?ean=9780765329615&aug=1 

    Purchase Pacifica: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pacifica-kristen-simmons/1125902342?ean=9781466828803 

    Purchase Metaltown: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/metaltown-kristen-simmons/1123132956?ean=9781466828797 

    Purchase The Glass Arrow: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-glass-arrow-kristen-simmons/1119439443?ean=9780765336644 



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    The music featured in this episode is "Silver Flicker" by Colors of Illusion.

    • 38 min
    11 - Sarah Glenn Marsh on Not Revealing Your Ghost Too Early, the Importance of Writing About Characters with Diabetes, and the Story Behind Her Family's Haunted House

    11 - Sarah Glenn Marsh on Not Revealing Your Ghost Too Early, the Importance of Writing About Characters with Diabetes, and the Story Behind Her Family's Haunted House

    This week, we spoke with YA fantasy and paranormal author Sarah Glenn Marsh. She has written the Reign of the Fallen fantasy series and three paranormal novels, Fear the Drowning Deep, Dread the Harvest Moon, and The Girls Are Never Gone. Tune in to hear her talk about the key to writing a spooky paranormal novel, the importance of representing characters with diabetes in her books, and the story behind her family's haunted ancestral home. She also talks about the difference between instalove and instant connection, Lord of the Rings roleplaying as writing training, and how the spirit should win sometimes.



    Follow Sarah Glenn Marsh on social media:

    Website: https://www.sarahglennmarsh.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahmarshauthor/?hl=en 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SG_Marsh 

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10909117.Sarah_Glenn_Marsh 



    Check out Reign of the Fallen at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1394265 

    Check out The Girls Are Never Gone at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1445869 



    Purchase Fear the Drowning Deep here: 

    https://www.amazon.com/Fear-Drowning-Deep-Sarah-Marsh/dp/1510726586/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2YSAS04SU60UV&keywords=fear+the+drowning+deep&qid=1681478234&sprefix=fear+the+drowning+deep%2Caps%2C77&sr=8-1 



    Purchase Dread the Harvest Moon here: https://www.amazon.com/Dread-Harvest-Moon-Fear-Drowning/dp/0578751232/ref=sr_1_1?crid=21GVM6BT44MXX&keywords=dread+the+harvest+moon&qid=1681478268&sprefix=dread+the+harvest+moon%2Caps%2C66&sr=8-1 



    Purchase Reign of the Fallen here:

    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reign-of-the-fallen-sarah-glenn-marsh/1131884032?ean=9780448494401 



    Purchase The Girls Are Never Gone here:

    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girls-are-never-gone-sarah-glenn-marsh/1138435039?ean=9781984836175 



    Sarah Glenn Marsh's Book Recommendations:

    The Woman in Black by Susan Hill: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-woman-in-black-a-ghost-story-susan-hill/1452364?ean=9780307950215

    The Small Hand by Susan Hill: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-small-hand-and-dolly-two-novels-susan-hill/9133336?ean=9780345806659

    Old Country by Harrison and Matt Query: https://bookshop.org/p/books/old-country-harrison-query/18670645?ean=9781538721209



    Sarah Glenn Marsh's Podcast Recommendations:

    Jim Harold's Campfire: https://open.spotify.com/show/2Swqg3KD86p2dhRar7s6fk?si=9d29d6b81fe844b6

    Spooked: https://open.spotify.com/show/76571Rfl3m7PLJQZKQIGCT?si=c011ec80e2c24417

    Radio Rental: https://open.spotify.com/show/18WzIf6SqovUQHHTeZaucQ?si=b90b77a399234074

    Ghosts in the Burbs: https://open.spotify.com/show/1KX9SiBV3s8n5rlRIG7Moq?si=72296b65bd74443b



    Lily's Book Recommendation:

    Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall: https://bookshop.org/p/books/rules-for-vanishing-kate-alice-marshall/9583999?ean=9781984837011



    Check out Sarah Glenn Marsh's Upcoming Projects:

    Lucasfilm Project: https://www.instagram.com/p/CplWKHSvMGi/

    For Rebel Girls Project: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cpfqz7yrqO9/



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    • 55 min
    10 - Nicola Yoon on Exploring Philosophical Questions Through Writing and Her and David Yoon's New Publishing Imprint, Joy Revolution

    10 - Nicola Yoon on Exploring Philosophical Questions Through Writing and Her and David Yoon's New Publishing Imprint, Joy Revolution

    In today's episode, we spoke with Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Everything Everything, The Sun is Also a Star, and Instructions for Dancing! She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Two out of her three books have been made into major motion pictures. Nicola Yoon and her husband, David Yoon, have recently launched an imprint with Random House Children’s Books called Joy Revolution. Tune in to hear Nicola Yoon speak about exploring philosophical questions through writing, crafting organic character development, the mission behind Joy Revolution, and some exciting titles that the imprint will be publishing this year. 



    Follow Nicola Yoon on social media:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolayoon/?hl=en

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@nicolayoon?lang=en

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7353006.Nicola_Yoon

    Website: https://www.nicolayoon.com/



    Purchase Nicola Yoon's books:

    Everything, Everything: https://bookshop.org/p/books/everything-everything-nicola-yoon/7354631?ean=9780553496673

    The Sun is Also a Star: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-sun-is-also-a-star-nicola-yoon/10216599?ean=9780553496710

    Instructions for Dancing: https://bookshop.org/p/books/instructions-for-dancing-nicola-yoon/15221271?ean=9781524718992



    Check out Nicola Yoon's books at the library:

    Everything, Everything: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1365906

    The Sun is Also a Star: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1379173

    Instructions for Dancing: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1442974



    Purchase Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute: https://bookshop.org/p/books/highly-suspicious-and-unfairly-cute/18849985?ean=9780593482339



    Check out Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute at the library: https://princetonlibrary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S57C1459073



    Pre-order some upcoming titles from Joy Revolution:

    Queen Bee by Amalie Howard: https://bookshop.org/p/books/queen-bee-amalie-howard/18708801?ean=9780593483503

    You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker: https://bookshop.org/p/books/you-bet-your-heart/18851113?ean=9780593565278

    House Party, edited by Justin A. Reynolds: https://bookshop.org/p/books/house-party/18850108?ean=9780593488157

    • 42 min

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