Peter Lerangis has written over 160 books including The Viper’s Nest and The Sword Thief, two titles in the New York Times–bestselling children’s-book series The 39 Clues. The Colossus Rises, Peter’s current release (first in the Seven Wonders series) is already a New York Times Bestseller. Lerangis is not limited to middle grade books and has written many YA titles including the hit, WTF. Today on the Intersect podcast we talk to him about his books, his family, how he found his way into writing, and more!
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. . . . Continue Reading
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!
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.
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.
We have a new feature on the Intersect Podcast talking with debut authors. In this episode, we talked to Christopher Krovatin during the Michael Grant show. Chris, as his friends call him, is an interesting dude to say the least. He’s into heavy HEAVY metal and Zombies, and he’s written a new book called GRAVEDIGGERS, the first in a series. Enjoy! – Jeremy
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.
Just wrapped our interview with Brian Sheesley, which will air in a few weeks. Brian is an animation director with credits on a ton of cool shows including Futurama, The Simpsons, Fan Boy and Chum Chum, and his current hit, Dan Vs. We had a blast talking with him. Also, I wrote all over my guest dossier, which I always do. What a mess. James Bond would probably stir his dossier into a martini. I pencil mark mine to death. PC
On our very first Intersect Podcast ever David Shannon talks with us about how he came to the conclusion that he needed to do something artistic for a living, how he ended up in New York, how he unexpectedly arrived in Childen’s book illustration, and why he decided to run away from home as a child. All that and we make him play Google’s Bacon Number! Can he get higher than 2? Listen to the Intersect Podcast to find out.
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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 . . . Continue Reading