Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and its forthcoming sequel, as well as Tales from the Hinterlands, talks about stuffing her debut book with secret book recommendations, the borderlessness of being a young reader, and loving angry girls in fiction.
LINKS AND TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner, Wise Child by Monica Furlong were some of her favorite novels growing up. Some of which she name-dropped in The Hazel Wood
Roshani Chokshi’s forthcoming trio of novellas, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Kelly Link, Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft episodes here and here), and Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (listen to his First Draft interview here) are stories shes reading for inspiration. And enjoys them as guided reading to see what people have done with classic fairytales
Did arts coverage for Time Out Chicago, and worked for Encyclopedia Britannica
Melissa launched the Barnes & Noble YA Blog in 2015
In 2010 she started reading YA broadly and some of the first she read was Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Feed by M. T. Anderson, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (listen to her First Draft interview here)
Working Partners (work for hire book company in England), where she wrote collaboratively under a pen name
Melissa and her husband were inventing The Twilight Zone (TV show) plots and episode titles
Romeo + Juliet (movie)
Love Lists, a blog post by Stephanie Perkins about when how to get re-inspired about your story
Welcome to Night Vale (podcast) had a short story quality to it and not everything was answered
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