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A podcast centered around the books that have had impact in our lives. In each episode Brock asks a creative guest about the work that had a hand in making them the person they are today. Listen in to hear entertaining conversations dedicated to the influence reading has in our lives.




036 Author Brandy Colbert

After her critically acclaimed debut novel Pointe, Brandy Colbert followed up in August with with a new YA story entitled Little & Lion. Listen as Brandy shares how her wonderful sophomore release came about. Episode Mentions: Barthe DeClements Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade Babysitters Club Danielle Steel NaNoWriMo Dawson's Creek Felicity Cracked Up To Be LiveJournal Blueboard Pointe Little & Lion Iggie's House Charlotte's Web 1973 animated movie 2006 live action movie I Am Not Your Perfect...

Duration: 00:36:57

035 Author Jared Reck

In a sense author Jared Reck became a writer by teaching his middle school students the importance of writing. Listen in as Jared explains how he came to create his debut, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. Episode Mentions: Oh, Say Can You Say? Garfield Calvin & Hobbes Dave Barry Mama Day Bailey's Cafe Hondo & Fabian Kiss Good Night Arnie, the Doughnut Chris Crutcher Speak Athletic Shorts Laurie Halse Anderson John Green Looking for Alaska An Abundance of Katherines Sara Zarr A.S....

Duration: 00:40:34

034 Author David Barclay Moore

David Barclay Moore's middle grade debut The Stars Beneath Our Feet comes out on September 19th from Knopf. Hear how David went from a kid really into comics, to a college experience where he organized a group for creative people, to a writer of books for kids. Episode Mentions: A Wrinkle in Time Wind in the Door Paddington Bear Ivanhoe Mark Twain Huck Finn Richard Corben Heavy Metal John Byrne Frank Miller Bob Burden Paul Chadwick Jewels Vern Spike Lee Toni Morrison Haruki Murakami Alfred...

Duration: 00:42:11

033 Author Axie Oh

The debut novel, Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh is a YA dystopian story set in a futuristic Seoul, Korea. Listen in as Axie discusses the journey of this novel and the books that she enjoyed throughout her life. Episode Mentions: Beauty The Blue Sword The Hero and the Crown The Forestwife Redwall Dragonlance Unicorns of Balinor The Royal Diaries Babysitter's Club Boxcar Children Goodreads Georgette Heyer Writers House The Hunger Games Divergent Miss Snark 1st Victim Rebel Seoul Diverse Energies...

Duration: 00:33:22

032 Author Scott Reintgen

Scott Reintgen's YA debut, Nyxia is a YA sci-fi thriller filled with a cast of diverse characters. Hear as Scott discusses his growth as a writer, the story behind his book Nyxia, and advice for becoming a published writer. Episode Mentions: Red Rising Harry Potter Game of Thrones World of Warcraft The Hunger Games The Maze Runner Jason Reynolds Kwame Alexander Cory Doctorow Scott Westerfeld Dear Martin The Hate U Give 10,000 hours rule Nyxia Shawshank Redemption Charles Dickinson Great...

Duration: 00:39:42

031 Agent and Author Eric Smith

Eric Smith has worn many hats in the book industry. We worked for a publisher, writes about YA for various media outlets, an author of three books, and currently an literary agent helping his clients towards publication. For this latest project Eric is the editor of a new short story anthology. WELCOME HOME, coming out September 5th from Flux, is a collection of fictional centered around the theme of adoption. Eric joins Brock to discuss his life in books and his inspiration behind his...

Duration: 00:40:16

030 Author Katherine Locke

Katherine Locke's debut YA release The Girl with the Red Balloon comes out on September 1st from Albert Whitman & Co. Listen in as Katherine and Brock talk about the many books that inspired her. Episode Mentions: A Wrinkle In Time A Wind in the Door A Swiftly Tilting Planet An Acceptable Time Many Waters Laura Ingalls Wilder Nancy Drew A Bridge to Terabithia Song of the Lioness Quartet Heart of Darkness Wheel of Time Dune Absolute Write Divergent The Girl with the Red Balloon Second...

Duration: 00:38:14

029 Author Meg Kassel

Author Meg Kassel's first attempt at novel length writing came during a rainy summer in Maine. From there dedicated herself to improving as a writer and after several attempts & obstacles she succeed with her debut Black Bird of the Gallows. Episode Mentions: Beauty Christopher Pike Island of the Blue Dolphins Stephen King Dean Koontz Scary Stories You Tell In the Dark The Hobbit Neil Giaman RWA Egmont Publishing Entangled Teen Black Bird of the Gallows Mothman Myth The Mothman Prophecies...

Duration: 00:34:33

028 Author Rebecca Barrow

UK Author Rebecca Barrow's debut YA novel You Don't Know Me But I Know You is coming out in the US on August 29th from Harper Teen. In this episode Rebecca talks about the persistence she had in her journey as a writer. Episode Mentions: Enid Blyton Jacqueline Wilson Malorie Blackman Naughts & Crosses Christopher Pike Point Horror Stravaganza Gossip Girl 1984 You Don't Know Me But I Know You Arrival Alias Grace The Handmaid's Tale You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone host: Brock Shelley

Duration: 00:36:26

027 Author Dan Gemeinhart

When middle grade author Dan Gemeinhart was a child he ended up moving a lot, going from school to school. However, where ever we went next he knew the books he loves would be in the new school's library. This started him on a life long love of books that led him to creating his own stories. Episode Mentions: Hatchet The Hardy Boys The Chronicles of Narnia Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Trumpet of the Swan Summer of My German Soldier The Honest Truth Scar Island Some Kind of Courage Good Dog...

Duration: 00:37:14

026 Author Stephanie Oakes

Author Stephanie Oakes second book The Arsonist from Dial/Penguin comes out on August 22nd. Hear what books inspired her as both a reader & writer and what life was like have her debut release, The Scared Lies of Minnow Bly. Episode Mentions: Harry Potter Atonement Tess of the d'Urbervilles Into the Wild Harriet the Spy Nancy Drew Everything is Illuminated Goose Girl The Handless Maiden The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly The Arsonist Hunger Games Pride & Prejudice Dante's Inferno Infinite Jest...

Duration: 00:38:44

025 Author Kristi Wientge

Kristi Wientge grew up loving books, especially those by her favorite author Beverly Cleary. Cleary's book's and Kristi's own experiences as a child inspired Wientge to write her debut MG release Karma Khullar's Mustache. Episode Mentions: Beverly Cleary Ramona Ellen Tebbits The Mouse and the Motorcycle Scholastic Book Orders Fifteen Babysitter Club Judy Blume Karma Khullar's Mustache WriteOnCon Labyrinth Dear Mr. Henshaw One of Us Is Lying host: Brock Shelley

Duration: 00:38:23

024 Author Matthew Landis

Matthew Landis was a middle school social studies teacher looking for ways to share his love of history to his students. This brought him to write his debut novel LEAGUE OF AMERICAN TRAITORS, a modern story about the descendants of the American Revolution. Episode Mentions: Lord of the Rings: Two Towers The Hobbit Hardy Boys Chronicles of Narnia Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal Penn State Ethan Frome Villanova League of American Traitors Benedict Arnold Agent Lauren Galit The...

Duration: 00:36:04

023 Author Stephanie Kuehn

Author Stephanie Kuehn's 5th novel WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU comes out on August 1st from Dutton. Hear how the unsettling books Stephanie enjoyed growing up molded her into the author she has become. Episode Mentions: Black Stallion Albert Payson Terhune Night Shift San Francisco Chronicle Goosebumps Dean Koontz Secret History Wasp Factory Charm & Strange Complicit The Smaller Evil Delicate Monsters When I Am Through With You The Postman Always Rings Twice They Shoot Horses Don't They...

Duration: 00:36:25

022 BookTuber emmmabooks

Emma joins the podcast to talk about and things books, how reading pulled her into the booktube community, and all the positive things that have come out of that decision. Episode Mentions: Harry Potter Moral Instruments Series The Bailey School Kids The Tail of Emily Windsnap City of Bones Hunger Games BookTube Twilight The Infernal Devices emmmabooks Goodreads A Monster Calls Ethan Frome Lord of the Flies Throne of Glass What I Lost Moxie host: Brock Shelley

Duration: 00:37:58

021 Author Alan Gratz

For over a decade Alan Gratz has been writing YA & MG novels. This summer he releases his 13th, Refugee (July 25th) & 14th, Ban This Book (Aug 29th). In this episode Alan takes us through his journey as a writer. Episode Mentions: Tuck Everlasting The Hobbit The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Animal Farm University of Tennessee Samurai Shortstop Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game 10,000 Hour Rule Refugee MS Saint Louis Projekt 1065 Prisoner B-3087 Ban This Book Twilight James...

Duration: 00:50:17

020 Author Lauren Karcz

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls from HarperTeen is a new YA novel by author Lauren Karcz coming out on July 25th. Hear how Lauren's debut novel was inspired by characters she created when she was in a teenager. Episode Mentions: Ramona the Brave Fudge Blubber The Baby-Sitters Club Sweet Valley Twins Christopher Pike Remember Me RL Stine Perks of Being a Wallflower Rabbit, Run NaNoWriMo Catch 22 Looking for Alaska The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Victoria Marini One Flew Over the Cuckoo's...

Duration: 00:35:15

019 Author Jennifer Fenn

Jennifer Fenn's YA novel Flight Risk comes out July 18th from Roaring Brook Press. Listen as Jennifer explains the elements that inspired her new story as well as the other books and writing that motivated her to be an author. Episode Mentions: Charlotte's Web Stargirl Bunnicula The Indian in the Cupboard Fear Street The Baby-Sitters Club Girl Interrupted White Teeth The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Everything Is Illuminated The Outsiders Flight Risk Maniac Magee Colton Harris...

Duration: 00:32:40

018 Author Linda Williams Jackson

Linda Williams Jackson's debut release Midnight Without a Moon tells the story of a young girl living in Mississippi during the days of Jim Crow. Listen as Linda talks about what inspire the book and what books have inspired her. Episode Mentions: The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou Little House on the Prairie Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Richard Wright Native Son Black Boy Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Jubilee Midnight without a Moon A Sky Full of Stars Emmett Till Vernon Can Read!...

Duration: 00:45:56

017 Author Blair Thornburgh

In this episode Blair Thornburgh talks about how her involvement in NaNoWriMo led to her YA debut Who's That Girl and how Blair's job as an editor gives her perspective in her own writing journey. Episode Mentions: Anastasia Krupnik Illustrator Rebecca Thornburgh Ramona Catcher in the Rye Magic for Beginners Buffy the Vampire Slayer Catherine, Called Birdy John Green Smart Bitches Trashy Books NaNoWriMo Tristan and Iseult Who's That Girl All American Rejects Hey There Deliah Quirk Books...

Duration: 00:36:14

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