Sarah Enni, debut author of Tell Me Everything and usually the host of the First Draft podcast, answers questions from fellow YA writer Maurene Goo! Sarah shares her lengthy path to publishing, the role of humor and tone in contemporary fiction, her outlining process, and the one cross-country flight that changed everything.
LINKS AND TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We Know, I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel and Since You Asked (Listen to Maurene’s first, second, and third episodes of First Draft)
The Giver by Newbery Medal-winning author Lois Lowry wasa big turning point for her as a child
Lord of the Flies by Nobel Peace Prize and Booker Prize-winning author William Golding
Got into Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien due to her mom being an avid sci-fi/fantasy reader
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (movie)
Realized she wanted to write YA when reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
YALLWEST, a young adult and middle grade book festival
Zan Romanoff, freelance writer and author of A Song to Take The World Apart and Grace and the Fever (listen to her First Draft podcast here)
Seattle Metropolitan, where Sarah had an internship in college
Sarah also worked at Washington Business Journal
American Lion by Jon Meacham
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, remains one of her favorite books ever
Sara Zarr, author of Sweethearts and How to Save a Life (listen to her First Draft podcast here)
Amerie, editor of the Because You Love to Hate Me anthology and she recently released two albums, 4 AM MULHOLLAND and AFTER 4 AM
Listened to the Interstellar (movie) soundtrack while writing her short story for the Because You Love to Hate Me anthology
Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series (listen to her First Draft episode here)
Kate Hart, author of After The Fall (listen to Kate Hart’s First Draft interview here)
Kaitlin Ward, author of Where She Fell (listen to her First Draft podcast interview here)
Stephanie Kuehn, author of Charm & Strange (listen to her First Draft podcast here)
Kirsten Hubbard, author of Wanderlove and Like Mandarin and co-founder of YA Highway (listen to her First Draft podcast here)
YA Highway, online writing community resource of which Sarah was a contributor
Sarah Burnes, Sarah Enni’s literary agent (listen to her First Draft interview here)
Amanda Maciel, author of Tease and Lucky Girl and senior editor at Scholastic (listen to her First Draft interview here)
Lorde (Musical Artist)
Local Natives (Musical Artist)
Listened to DJDS “Trees on Fire” constantly while writing Tell Me Everything
Made her main character obsessed with Jeff Goldblum to help unlock the charcetr while writing her, as well as other similar interests.
Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling Author of the Divergent and Carve the Mark series (listen to her First Draft podcasts here and here)
Never Been Kissed (movie)
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