John ‘Corey’ Whaley’s debut novel, Where Things Come Back, was the winner of the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Awards. This poignant and hilarious story of loss and redemption “explores the process of grief, second chances, and even the meaning of life” (Kirkus Reviews). Publishers Weekly also named Where Things Come Back one of the best books of 2011.
WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories. He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies…). He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer…and dodging his students’ crafty projectiles. He is terrible at most sports, but is an avid kayaker and bongo player. He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places. He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close. His favorite word is defenestration. His favorite color is green. His favorite smell is books. Where Things Come Back is his first novel. On the Intersect Podcast we talk to him about that, his teaching experiences, his weird pickiness towards foods, and more.
Ellen Hopkins is a New York Times Bestselling writer and poet. Her uniquely dark verse style has captured the attention of millions of readers both young and old. Starting with her bestselling Crank series Hopkins writes about drugs and despair and ultimately hope drawing from her own life experiences. On the podcast we talk about her upbringing by parents that are 30 years apart in age, struggles she’s had with her own children, and how she turns that into YA, and now adult stories.
February 19 2013: James Dashner
James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy has millions of fans around the world, and now it’s being turned into a movie! And he’s the lead writer in the new Infinity Ring time travel series for Scholastic. We have a wide reaching conversation about dystopian fiction, the YA market, and multimedia among other things.
FEBRUARY 5 2013: DAVID LEVITHAN
David Levithan has written many award winning YA novels, collaborated with the likes of John Green and Rachel Cohn, edited The Hunger Games, and had one of his books made into a popular teen movie (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). We talk about it all and more on this episode of the Intersect Podcast!
January 15 2013: ROLAND SMITH
Storm chasers, clue hunters, wild animals, natural disasters – Roland Smith has written award winning fiction about them all. Take a listen as we talk with the author of more than thirty books about writing, wild animals, and the occasional hot dog. This is gonna be good!
January 2 2013: JON AGEE
Jon Agee went to The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. While there he took up painting, sculpture, lithography, photography and film making, but what he loved most was sketching out cartoons and comic strips in his spare time. He is the illustrator/author of such books as Ludlow Laughs, the story of a grumpy guy who laughs in his sleep, and The Incredible Painting Of Felix Clousseau. One of the first people to see it and give it the thumb’s up – literally, hot off the press – was Maurice Sendak. However, that was all a long time ago. Since then he’s written several other picture books including “Terrific”, and “My Rhinoceros”, illustrated a few by other authors, and created a series of offbeat wordplay books, beginning with the Book of Palindromes.
December 18 2012: ELIZABETH EULBERG
Elizabeth Eulberg’s lifelong love of music inspired “Take a Bow”. Although she didn’t attend a performing arts school, she is currently trying to make up for it in karaoke bars throughout the greater New York area. She is also the author of The Lonely Hearts Club (and a huge Beatles fan!) and Prom & Prejudice. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick.
December 4 2012: TONY DITERLIZZI
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela) and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles(with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries. On the Intersect Podcast we talk with Tony about Star Wars, Spiderwick, Wondla, and so much more!
November 27 2012: ALBIE HECHT
Producer Albie Hecht has been nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. While running Nickelodeon Albie helped create such iconic shows as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Blues Clues. On the Intersect Podcast we talk with Albie about why he’s always looking for what’s next in traditional and multimedia.
November 20 2012: MICHAEL GRANT
It’s safe to say that YA author Michael Grant is opinionated. On this edition of the Intersect Podcast we talk with Michael about, among other things, his thoughts on social media and whether or not higher education is important. And of course we dig into his bestselling YA series, GONE.
November 13 2012: LAUREN OLIVER
Lauren Oliver had her first novel published in 2010. Since then she’s been busy writing two more middle grade books and another YA trilogy. Live from London, Lauren discusses growing up in a creative family, working on the subway, her perfect day, and the adventurous life of a writer.
November 6 2012: BRIAN SHEESLEY
Brian Sheesley is the multiple Emmy Award winning Director and Art Director with credits on Ren and Stimpy, the Simpsons, Futurama, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Camp Lazlo, and Dan Vs.
October 31 2012: PATRICK CARMAN
A very special Halloween episode. We turn the interview to one of our hosts Patrick Carman, and his series, Dark Eden. Patrick and Jeremy talk about Halloween, and what makes Dark Eden a great story for a creepy holiday. Patrick Carman, host of the intersect podcast is also a NY Times Bestselling author of the Land of Elyon Series, Skeleton Creek, 13 Days to Midnight, and Atherton.
October 23 2012: JON SCIESZKA
Jon Scieszka is a Caldecott winner, the author of books including, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Math Curse, Stinky Cheese Man and Other Stupid Fairy Tales, Knucklehead, Spaceheadz, Trucktown, and more! In 2008 Scieszka was named the nation’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and the founder of Guy’s Read. One of 6 brothers Jon shares some great stories on Intersect.
October 22 2012: KELLY KULCHAK
Kelly Kulchak is the definition of a Hollywood producer, smart, determined, and energetic. Listen as she talks about working on shows like the X-Files, Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons, In Living Color, and now producing USA Network’s longest running show, Psych.
October 16 2012: DAVID SHANNON
Internationally acclaimed picture-book creator David Shannon has always been an artist. At the age of five, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were pictures of David doing things he was not supposed to do — and these words: No, David! — the only words he knew how to spell! Many years later, when his mother sent him that book, Shannon was inspired to write and illustrate his now-classic bestseller and Caldecott Honor Book No, David!