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Rejection! Impostor Syndrome! Writer's Block! Writing can be a tricky business. Marissa Meyer interviews authors on how we can overcome various obstacles and bring more joy to our writing process.

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Rejection! Impostor Syndrome! Writer's Block! Writing can be a tricky business. Marissa Meyer interviews authors on how we can overcome various obstacles and bring more joy to our writing process.

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English


Episodes

Lucinda Halpern - Get Signed: Find an Agent, Land a Book Deal, and Become a Published Author

2/26/2024
In this week’s episode Marissa chats with literary agent, coach, and now author, Lucinda Halpern, about her new book, GET SIGNED: FIND AN AGENT, LAND A BOOK DEAL, AND BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR. Also discussed in this jam-packed episode: the varied job of representing authors, why the query letter is the most important document a writer will ever create, the three keys to getting an agent and a subsequent book deal (and how you may not need all three), BIG ideas, how agents also have to face rejection, common errors made in query letters, the reminder that agents are humans, and so much more! Show notes: As mentioned in the episode, check out this Free gift for our listeners from Lucinda. For agent research: Publishers Marketplace: https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/ Writing Mastery Academy Use the code HAPPYWRITER at WritingMastery.com for $20 off your first year of unlimited access. Red Herrings Society Use the code HappyWriter at RedHerringWriters.com to try the first month for free. Amplify Marketers Our mission is to help your message rise above the noise so it can be heard loud & clear. The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:51:29

Hafsah Faizal - A Tempest of Tea

2/19/2024
In this week’s episode Marissa chats with Hafsah Faizal about her latest YA fantasy heist, the first of a new duology, A TEMPEST OF TEA. Also discussed in this episode: how a non-reader can turn into a reader and then a published author, planning out a heist when being mostly a pantser, struggling with doubts and imposter syndrome, planning out romance, worldbuilding and the wisdom of editors, the benefits of time and space away from a project, and so much more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Red Herrings Society Use the code HappyWriter at RedHerringWriters.com to try the first month for free. Amplify Marketers Our mission is to help your message rise above the noise so it can be heard loud & clear. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:40:27

Dinesh Thiru - Into the Sunken City

2/12/2024
In this week’s episode Marissa chats with Dinesh Thiru about his debut YA fantasy adventure, INTO THE SUNKEN CITY. Also discussed in this episode: how a gag project can inspire a writing career, retelling a literary classic (TREASURE ISLAND) in a postapocalyptic setting, how much of the source material to use, and creating a more modern diverse cast of characters, being conscious about your setting and sensory details, using real maps and biology to make the setting and details feel real, creating the voice of colorful characters, balancing being a stay at home parent with the writing, and so much more! Show notes: The Artists’ Way – Julia Cameron https://bookshop.org/a/11756/9780143129257 The official MM merchandise shops: https://www.etsy.com/shop/happywriterstore https://thehappywriter.creator-spring.com/ https://www.teepublic.com/user/the-happy-writer The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Amplify Marketers Our mission is to help your message rise above the noise so it can be heard loud & clear. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:44:17

With a Little Luck by Marissa Meyer - featuring Chuck Gonzales and Stacy Carolan

2/5/2024
In this week’s episode, the first of the 2024 season, Marissa chats about her brand-new book, WITH A LITTLE LUCK, the companion to INSTANT KARMA. Featured in this episode are two special guests: Chuck Gonzales, the illustrator for the comic book pages inside WITH A LITTLE LUCK, and Stacy Carolan, the book’s audio edition narrator. Discussed in this episode: the process of illustrating graphic novel panels (in black and white) as spot illustrations through a novel, illustrating a story within a story, the challenges of some of the finer details of illustrations, how the pandemic inspired the move into audiobook narration, behind the scenes of being an audiobook narrator, starting out in the industry, how narration is more acting and not merely reading a book, what makes audiobook narration fun, and so much more. Also in this episode, a special exclusive clip of the WITH A LITTLE LUCK audiobook! Show notes: Chuck Gonzales, Illustrator https://chuckgonzales.com, https://www.instagram.com/cgonzaillo/ Stacy Carolan, Audio book narrator https://www.mrstacycarolan.com/ The official Marissa Meyer/The Happy Writer merchandise shops: https://www.etsy.com/shop/happywriterstore https://thehappywriter.creator-spring.com/ https://www.teepublic.com/user/the-happy-writer The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:01:03:14

Elle Gonzalez Rose - Caught in a Bad Fauxmance

12/11/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Elle Gonzalez Rose about her queer YA rom-com, CAUGHT IN A BAD FAUXMANCE. Also discussed: How a career writing marketing copy for the screen is transferable to writing books and book marketing materials, the fun of writing favorite tropes in romance, bonding characters over cultural foods, the challenge of showing both sides of romantic feelings when writing a first person POV, worldbuilding an entire town that’s outside your own experience, the catharsis of writing from a place of grief, favorite holiday traditions and so much more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:45:16

Andrea Tang - Kingdom of Without

12/4/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Andrea Tang about her latest sci-fi heist YA, KINGDOM OF WITHOUT. Also discussed, genre-bending in YA, on discovering who your character is during the writing process, how edit notes really can give perspective and sometimes, exactly what the book needs, leaning on experts to help ensure details are authentic and appropriate, how to balance the sci-fi and fantasy elements to create a specific aesthetic, the process of writing a whole distinct ensemble of characters, exploring gender role reversal, the challenges of writing a heist novel, and so much more! Scrivener writing software - https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview Episode 60: Leigh Bardugo - https://www.buzzsprout.com/950767/8226816 The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:46:34

Jessica Vitalis - Coyote Queen

11/20/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Jessica Vitalis about her latest contemporary middle grade, COYOTE QUEEN. Also discussed: how to pronounce ‘coyote’ (which is not as simple as one might think) and fascinating coyote facts, digging deep to put difficult emotions on the page and how much of a challenge that can be, mining lived experiences for fiction, how books build empathy, creating ongoing tension, and so much more. The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:44:22

Kate Pearsall - Bittersweet in the Hollow

11/13/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Kate Pearsall about her debut YA mystery (with magic!), BITTERSWEET IN THE HOLLOW. Also discussed: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), creating an evocative and lush setting, using real locations as inspiration but changing details to suit the story, the brilliance of using gravestones for character names, how the setting of a small town can influence the story, using charts and graphs to diagram character relationships, adapting magic and folklore to deepen the story and so much more! Isabel Ibañez’s episode (#56) https://www.buzzsprout.com/950767/episodes/8045448 The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:40:12

Leanne Schwartz - A Prayer for Vengeance

11/6/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Leanne Schwartz about her YA fantasy debut, A PRAYER FOR VENGEANCE. Also discussed: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), using a theater background to help get into characters’ heads and allowing you to keep your audience in mind, writing neurodivergent characters from the place of a lived experience but still using beta readers, writing the motivations of a villain, bringing a sumptuous setting to life, creating parallel religious and value systems, and so much more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:44:21

Terry J. Benton-Walker - Alex Wise vs. the End of the World

10/30/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Terry J. Benton-Walker about his middle grade fantasy, ALEX WISE VS THE END OF THE WORLD. Also discussed: how a varied background that seems to not be related to writing can still inform a writer’s career, on being a super-plotter, exploring how people react in stressful situations (like an apocalypse!), creating real-life superhero characters, being thoughtful about writing characters and their arcs, curating an extensive resource to help writers, the importance of writing books that let kids see themselves, showing that representation matters, and so much more! Download Terry’s Novel Planning Kit: https://tjbentonwalker.com/writing-resources The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:49:44

S.H. Cotugno - The Glass Scientists

10/24/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with S.H. Cotugno about their YA graphic novel, THE GLASS SCIENTISTS, based on the popular webcomic of the same name, inspired by the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. Also discussed: collaborating with others and how to leave space for other people’s creativity, the relatability of Jekyll and Hyde and the feeling of not fitting into specific categories, the appeal of Victorian settings, the accessibility and evolution of webcomics and transitioning the content to a graphic novel, creating a large cast of characters and keeping track of them, the comic sans technique (brilliant!), the difficulty in avoiding reviews, and so much more. The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:50:04

Kalyn Josephson - This Dark Descent

10/16/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Kalyn Josephson about her latest YA fantasy, THIS DARK DESCENT. Also discussed: how technical writing can help with creative and novel writing, using Jewish mythology as inspiration for fantasy (golems!), the joy in worldbuilding, how all fantasy books should have a map, how to decide whose point of view to write scenes in when crafting a multiple POV story, the intrigue of morally gray characters, balancing multiple book releases with a day job, and so much more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:39:38

John Connolly - The Land of Lost Things

10/9/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with John Connolly about THE LAND OF LOST THINGS, his long-anticipated companion to THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS. Also discussed: how being a journalist can help and/or hinder being a novelist, the concept of writing being a muscle, how even many books into a career you may recognize planning would make it easier to write, but still will never do it, reading reviews of your own books, the draw of fairy tales and why they are so enduring, and so much more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:47:19

Kristen Simmons - Find Him Where You Left Him Dead

10/2/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Kristen Simmons about her YA horror, FIND HIM WHERE YOU LEFT HIM DEAD, which has been described (by past guest Kendare Blake!) as “Jumanji but Japanese-inspired”. Also discussed: How rejection can be deeply painful but that being a writer is what you are, regardless of the outside reaction to your work, leveling up as a writer, the challenge and fun in writing a large cast of characters and multiple POVs, deciding how much mythology to use in a book that has deep cultural inspirations, crafting a game and challenges with the kinds of prizes that no one wants, and so much more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:44:33

Kayvion Lewis - Thieves' Gambit

9/25/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Kayvion Lewis about her new YA heist thriller, THIEVES’ GAMBIT. Also discussed: books coming out of dreams, creating a cast of characters when being a plot-first type of writer, the importance of revision in layering characters and refining complicated details (heists!), letting the world around you influence the writing, no matter how random it may seem at first, the newly coined “Point and See” method, transitioning from one book to the next and how much to include to catch up readers without adding info-dumps, the circle of inspiration from one generation to the next, and more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:42:32

Elizabeth Lim - Her Radiant Curse

9/18/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Elizabeth Lim about her latest YA fantasy, HER RADIANT CURSE. Also discussed: the popularity of Sailor Moon Fan Fiction, the connections between writing music and writing words, combining Western fairy tales with East Asian folklore, how authentic and true to the source material to be when using historical places and time periods as inspirations for fantasy, writing sister stories, the magic of Disney movies, and so much more. The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:40:27

Aisha Saeed - Forty Words for Love

9/12/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Aisha Saeed about her latest YA magical realism (with a bit of fantasy and romance), FORTY WORDS FOR LOVE. Also discussed: the origins and impact of the We Need Diverse Books organization, how there’s been much progress in creating more representation and diverse books but there’s always more work to be done, what it means to write the book of your heart, using fantasy to give distance and perspective on real world issues, how things can happen that you have no control over, but that you do have control over the books you write, and so much more! We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) https://diversebooks.org/ Beth Pickens MAKE YOUR ART, NO MATTER WHAT https://bookshop.org/a/11756/9781452182957 The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:46:38

C.J. Redwine and Mary Weber - The Writer's Sanctuary

9/7/2023
In this special bonus episode, Marissa chats with C.J. Redwine and Mary Weber (who was first a guest in episode 8) about their online and sometimes in-person writing craft community, The Writer’s Sanctuary, how it came to be and what they do. Also discussed: tips on creating a joy-filled writing life, avoiding negativity pitfalls like perfectionism, comparison, and the pressure to perform to expectations. They also discuss advocating for ourselves and asking for what we need, even if that means requesting more time (rubber balls vs. glass balls – brilliant!), and so much more! The Writer's Sanctuary: https://www.the-writers-sanctuary.com/ Query: Everything You Need To Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed by C. J. Redwine: https://bookshop.org/a/11756/9781499642735 The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:01:09:31

Rachael Lippincott - Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh

9/4/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Rachael Lippincott about her new YA, pitched as a sapphic Bridgerton meets Freaky Friday rom-com, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND PITTSBURGH. Also discussed in this episode: the challenges of working on very distinct points of view, using music to get into a character’s POV, how deep to go into the research when writing a historical, the desire to time-travel back to the Regency era – knowing much of it might be romanticized, the pros and cons of co-writing books with others - including a spouse - and more! The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:43:56

J. Elle - House of Marionne

8/29/2023
In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with J. Elle about her YA contemporary fantasy, House of Marionne. Also discussed: throwing off the pressure to write what you think you should write and writing books for yourself, expansive worldbuilding with depth and breadth to support a trilogy - even including appendices, creating complicated, flawed love interests, adding an additional POV that shows a different side of the world the main characters live in, and so much more. The Happy Writer at Bookshop.org Purchasing your books through our webstore at Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more and follow The Happy Writer on social media: https://www.marissameyer.com/podcast/

Duration:00:45:31