Episode 423 – Fights, Rewrites and Spreadsheets: Creating a YA Fantasy with Anna-Marie & Elliott McLemore
Jeff & Will welcome married couple and collaborators Anna-Marie and Elliott McLemore for a conversation that was recorded live at Sacramento’s Capital Books for the launch of the YA fantasy Venom & Vow. They discuss how the book went from something Anna-Marie was working on solo to a co-writing project, and they share great stories about all aspects of their creative process. We also get to hear their first ever joint reading, and Jeff slips in a question about Anna-Marie’s Great Gatsby remix from last year, Self-Made Boys.
Jeff & Will welcome debut author Ari Baran to talk about their enemies-to-lovers, age gap, hockey romance Game Misconduct. Ari discusses how the story evolved as they worked on it, why they created a co-ed pro hockey league, and the story they wanted to tell with the characters of Mike and Danny. Ari shares their deep love of hockey, and how that has lead them to take such a deep dive on learning about the sport. Ari also has some book recs, and a few details about their next book.
Jeff & Will offer up a ton of recommendations in this episode. They kick off talking about Pretty Woman: The Musical, Eurovision 2023, the documentary Judy Blume Forever, The Great American Baking Show, and Netflix’s Bridgerton spin-off Queen Charlotte.
Then it’s on to books as they review Afterglow by Phil Stamper, Always the Almost by Edward Underhill, Tears of the Golden Tiger by Robin Knight, In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune, A Fashionable Deception by Sera Taíno, The Best Man’s Problem by Sera Taíno, The New Guy by Sarina Bowen, Never Have I Ever Gone Skinny Dipping by Riley Hart, Pick One by May Archer, and The Tinker’s Apprentice by Jordan Castillo Price.
Jeff & Will announce the Super Summer Bonus Episodes event, which will feature weekly premieres through the end of June. Jeff also shares details on two upcoming author events that will be recorded for future shows.
The guys welcome the creator of the Heartstopper universe Alice Oseman to discuss the U.S. release of the novel Solitaire. Alice talks about Tori’s story in Solitaire and how that led to Charlie and Nick taking the lead in the graphic novel series. In addition, she also teases a few details about Heartstopper Volume 5 and season 2 of the Netflix series. At the end of the episode, we also have an audiobook excerpt from Solitaire, narrated by Jenny Walser who plays Tori on the TV series.
Jeff & Will welcome author K. Sterling to discuss The Handy Nanny and the Nannies of New York series. The guys talk to her about what prompted her to write her first book, and why today she writes primarily romantic suspense and romantic comedies. She also has details on the long running Lake Cliff series, a tease about a possible new series, and she’s got book recommendations too.
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Jeff & Will welcome author KD Casey to talk about the Unwritten Rules series, including the latest book Diamond Ring. KD shares what sparked her love of baseball and why she enjoys setting romances in that sport. She also discusses the articles she’s written on the representation of Jewish characters in romance, and their presence in her books. In addition, KD shares some book recommendations, and her favorite ballpark and road trip food.
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