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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.