First Draft Episode #191: Ryan Graudin
Ryan Graudin, New York Times bestselling author of the Wolf by Wolf series, as well as Invictus and The Walled City, talks about staging REDWALL battles in the backyard, how bad teachers inspired her love of history, and how restrictions at key times in her life led her imagination to flourish.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
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Kowloon, the Walled City in Hong Kong that inspired Ryan to write The Walled City
Jackie Pullinger, a woman who worked inside Kowloon for 25 years, and author of Chasing the Dragon: One Woman’s Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong’s Drug Den and A Crack in the Wall: The Life and Death of Kowloon Walled City. Hearing her story inspired Ryan to explore Kowloon and to write The Walled City
SNIS: Shiny New Idea Syndrome
Anata No Warehouse, an arcade in Tokyo that replicates Kowloon Walled City in painstaking detail
YALLFEST, an annual young adult book festival that takes place in Ryan’s hometown of Charleston, S.C.
Pam Gruber is a Senior Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and she was Ryan’s editor for Invictus
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