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What Book Hooked You?

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...

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.

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.
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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.




064 Author Emily X.R. Pan

In this conversation debut author Emily X.R. Pan discusses her journey to follow her passion that led her to release her first book THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER coming out of March 20th from Little Brown. Episode Mentions: Harriet the Spy The Babysitters Club American Girl The Boxcar Children The Chronicles of Narnia The Chronicles of Prydain The Golden Compass Number the Stars Harry Potter Rachel DeWoskin Autobiography of Red Fun Home The Girl in the Flammable Skirt The Astonishing Color...


063 Author Randy Ribay

This week author Randy Ribay joins the podcast to discuss some of the book that have influenced him as a teacher and as a reader. We also talk about his new book AFTER THE SHOT DROPS. Episode Mentions: The Chronicles of Narnia Goosebumps Stephen King Utopia Candide The Odyssey The House on Mango Street James Baldwin Salman Rushdie Walter Dean Myers 145th Street Sharon Flake Jacqueline Woodson Sharon M. Draper Francisco Jimenez The Circuit Things Fall Apart An Infinite Number of Parallel...


062 Author Ashley Woodfolk

On March 6th Delacorte Press releases THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS. Listen in as it's author, Ashley Woodfolk, explains how she came to write her debut and the books that have inspired her. Episode Mentions: Deenie Nancy Drew Fearless series Jandy Nelson The Sky is Everywhere The Beauty That Remains NaNoWriMo The Color Purple Wuthering Heights Jane Eyre Pride and Prejudice Valley Girls Done Dirt Cheap


061 Author Dana Mele

Author Dana Mele's debut novel People Like Us comes out on February 27th from G. P. Putnam. Listen us Dana explains how her YA thriller is based on an event that occur when she was young. Episode Mentions: Superfudge Anne Rice Stephen King John Irving Kurt Vonnegut Welcome to the Monkey House Shakespeare The Weir Wellesley College People Like Us In the Woods Secret History Gone Girl The Orchid Thief Reign of the Fallen Sarah Glenn Marsh's episode


060 Author Gwendolyn Clare

Author Gwendolyn Clare's debut novel Ink, Iron, and Glass comes out on February 20th from Imprint Books. Hear how Clare decided to work on her craft and create the world of her new book. Episode Mentions: The Little Mermaid Anne McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern The Lathe of Heaven Left Hand of Darkness The Dispossed Deepness in the Sky Elizabeth Bear Critters Writing Workshop Codex Writers' Group Twilight Holly Black Scott Westerfeld Ink, Iron, and Glass Girl Genius Frankenstein Sense &...


059 Author Gloria Chao

This week Brock is joined by debut author Gloria Chao who takes us through her writing journey and what brought about her new book AMERICAN PANDA. Episode Mentions: The Babysitters Club Harry Potter Twilight The Hunger Games Nicola Yoon Angie Thomas David Arnold Adam Silvera We Need Diverse Books American Panda My Big Fat Greek Wedding MIT NaNoWriMo Maggie Stiefvater Cinda Williams Chima Maria V. Snyder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows The Lord of the Rings Star Wars Little Fires...


058 Author Arvin Ahmadi

Arvin Ahmadi's debut release DOWN AND ACROSS centers around grit. Hear how the main character Scott's journey mirrors Ahmadi's own. Episode Mentions: Harry Potter E.B. White A-Z Mysteries Andrew Clements The Hate U Give Down and Across The Perks of Being a Wallflower John Green The Catcher in the Rye TEDtalk Angela Lee Duckworth Thomas Foolery The Fault in Our Stars Kite Runner The Circle Call Me By Your Name Twilight The Hunger Games Divergent Series Dark Matter


057 Author Melissa Albert

In this conversation author Melissa Albert takes us through some of the many books she has cherished over the years and the details behind her debut THE HAZEL WOOD. Episode Mentions Francesca Lia Block Girl Goddess #9 Weetzie Bat Chronicles of Naria Thomas the Rhymer Ellen Kushner Wise Child Juniper The Babysitters Club Sweet Valley High Goosebumps Fear Street Christopher Pike Bruce Coville The Hunger Games Akata Witch Eleanor & Park Feed The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy NaNoWriMo...


056 Author Sarah Glenn Marsh

On January 23rd the YA fantasy novel REIGN OF THE FALLEN comes out from Razorbill Books. Hear its author, Sarah Glenn Marsh talk about the role an online, text-based, Lord of the Rings inspired game played into her becoming an author. Episode Mentions: Sabriel The Hobbit The Chronicles of Prydain The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Lord of the Rings Elendor Fear the Drowning Deep Reign of the Fallen Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers The Hunger Games Dear Martin Nic Stone's episode Nothing Left to Burn


055 Author Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate and Other Filters comes out on January 16th from Soho Teen. Hear the author Samira Ahmed talk about how she feels her YA debut "leans into hope." Episode Mentions Island of the Blue Dolphins Agatha Christie Laura Ingalls Wilder VC Andrews Interpreter of the Maladies The Namesake Love, Hate and Other Filters Iran Hostage Crisis To Kill A Mockingbird Huck Finn Twilight Harry Potter Born Confused Soho Teen editor - Daniel Ehrenhaft agent - Eric Smith Eric Smith's Episode Harry...


054 Author Lianne Oelke

Author Lianne Oelke's debut Nice Try, Jane Sinner comes out on January 9th from Clarion Books. Listen in as Lianne explains how her personal writing were transformed to create her new book. Episode Mentions: The Hobbit Lord of the Rings The Chronicles of Narnia Tamora Pierce Nice Try, Jane Sinner Absolute Write Fyodor Dostoyevsky Anna Karenina The Brothers Karamazov Agent Brooks Sherman Alice, I Think Game of Thrones Wheel of Time Brandon Sanderson Forest of a Thousand Lanterns Leigh...


053 Author Rachel Lynn Solomon

The new year brings a great debut novel by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Her contemporary YA book YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE come out on Jan 2nd from Simon Pulse. Listen in as Rachel talks about her debut and the books that inspired her. Episode Mentions: The Princess Diaries The Perks of Being a Wallflower Sarah Dessen Courtney Summers Lauren Oliver Fiction Press Even When You Lie To Me You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone Nirvana Divergent The Hunger Games The Midnights


052 Author Laura Creedle

Growing up with ADHD caused author Laura Creedle to face many hardships in life. However, these experiences have been invaluable even motivating and informing her debut THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY coming out on December 26th. Episode Mentions: Nancy Drew From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Jane Eyre The White Mountains The Shining Sideways Twilight Mary Lindsey's podcast episode The Love Letter of Abelard & Lily Letters of Abelard & Helosie Pitch Wars Marty...


051 Author Natalie C. Parker

A conference panel led Natalie C. Parker to take up the project of the anthology THREE SIDES OF A HEART coming out on December 19th. Listen as Natalie discusses what went into the anthology, how she became a writer, and her new, up-coming trilogy. Episode Mentions: The Book of Three Darkness Rising Juniper Wise Child Sweet Valley High RL Stine Christopher Pike Scary Stores To Tell in the Dark Beware the Wild Behold the Bones Three Sides of a Heart Lamar Giles podcast episode Brandy Colbert...


050 Author Amanda Searcy

The YA thriller THE TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES comes out of December 12th from Delacorte Press. Hear the author Amanda Searcy discuss her journey as a writer and the books that influenced her as a young adult. Episode Mentions: My Side of the Mountain The Babysitters Club Sleepover Friends Newbery Awards The Westing Game The Witch of Blackbird Pond Sweet Valley High The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Twilight The Truth Beneath the Lies The Hunger Games Kirkus Review The Haunting of...


049 Author Leah Scheier

Author Leah Scheier's 3rd YA novel Rules of Rain comes out on December 5th. Listen in as Leah describes how fan fiction was a doorway to her writing career. Episode Mention: The Chronicles of Prydain Chronicles of Narnia Sherlock Holmes The Hound of Baskervilles Secret Letters Your Voice is All I Hear Rules of Rain John Green Rainbow Rowell The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe BBC Sherlock Twilight Series The Rosie Project


048 Author Alyssa Sheinmel

Author Alyssa Sheinmel's new book, R.I.P. Eliza Hart comes out on November 28th from Scholastic. Listen in as Alyssa talks about the books that inspired her and details of her new novel. Episode Mentions: Kristy's Great Idea Wuthering Heights Jane Eyre One Hundred Years of Solitude Prozac Nation Wasted Big Two-Hearted River Tender is the Night Kiss of the Spider Woman Beach Music Book Thief The Beautilful Between R.I.P. Eliza Hart Poaching of redwood burls Alice Hoffman Amy Gordon Joan...


047 Author Dave Connis Returns

In an open and honest conversation, Dave Connis makes a second appearance on the podcast to discuss the making of his album Look For Eden, the soon to be release novel The Temptation of Adam, and having to promote both in the wake of an unforeseen tragedy. Episode Mentions: Dave's 1st podcast appearance Temptation of Adam Looking For Eden Lanark Don John Joseph Gordon Levitt Fight Club Leonard Cohen Hallelujah The Holy Or the Broken Revisionist History Simon Cowell Gregory Alan Isakov...


046 Author S. A. Chakabort

Debut author S. A. Chakraborty's love of books came in the form of historical middle eastern texts and documents she found while studying at the American University of Cairo. Her love the stories and information she gathered led her to express her fondness in the form of a type of magical fan fiction. Her writing would evolve and develop into her book The City of Brass coming out on November 21st. Episode Mentions: American University of Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library The...


045 Author Jasmine Warga

Author Jasmine Warga's sophomore release Here We Are Now comes out on November 7th. Hear the books the inspired Jasmine to want to become a writer. Episode Mentions: History of Love Virginia Wolfe Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close White Teeth SparkNotes E. Lockhart Looking for Alaska Perks of Being a Wallflower Weetzie Bat My Heart & Other Black Holes Here We Are Now The Hours Wuthering Heights Little Fires Everywhere


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