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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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