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The Happy Writer with Marissa Meyer
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.
5 days ago
Guest: Shannon Hale
Marissa chats with Shannon Hale about her upcoming YA contemporary / fantasy - KIND OF A BIG DEAL - as well as life with young twins (something we have in common!), some of the challenges of writing in quarantine, the self-doubt that comes with writing memoir, and a few of Shannon's tricks for being super prolific. (Hint: she has LOTS of projects going at any given time...)
Jul 27, 2020
Guest: Leah Johnson
Marissa chats with Leah Johnson about her debut contemporary romance - YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN - as well as extraordinary prom traditions, the under-representation of queer Black girls in YA fiction and the responsibility Leah felt in writing for a relatively empty marketplace, the important role of tenacity when so much of the publishing journey is reliant on chance, and why every single accomplishment deserves to be celebrated.
Jul 20, 2020
Guest: Kit Frick
Marissa chats with Kit Frick about her newest mystery thriller I KILLED ZOE SPANOS, as well as balancing two different timelines in one narrative, one clever method for conveying exposition to your readers, organizing pre-launch promo tasks, and the rise of true-crime podcasts.
Jul 16, 2020
Bonus: Marissa Answers Reader Questions with Guest Host Bethanie Finger (Prince Kai Fan Pod)
In this bonus episode, Marissa chats with Bethanie Finger, founder and host of the Prince Kai Fan Pod - a Marissa Meyer book club podcast! Bethanie asks Marissa questions as submitted by her listeners and patreon subscribers. Topics include the cliffhanger at the end of Supernova, Iko's original demise as per early drafts of Cinder, Captain Thorne's Soap Revolution, and the current scoop on a Lunar Chronicles TV series. (Warning! This episode contains spoilers, especially for Supernova, starting at 11:00.)
Jul 13, 2020
Guest: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Marissa chats with Danielle Younge-Ullman about her newest YA contemporary - HE MUST LIKE YOU - as well as tackling Big Issues in our books with humor and levity, writing YA and kidlit with one's own children and teenagers in mind, and the role authors can play when it comes to enacting social change.
Jul 7, 2020
Guest: Lish McBride
Marissa chats with Lish McBride about her upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling, CURSES, as well as how stand-up comedy helped Lish cultivate her humor-writing skills, the influence of supportive teachers, how going through tough times can make us more creatively resilient, and some tips for how writers can make a good impression at book signings - even if no one shows up!
Jun 29, 2020
Guest: Sara Elizabeth Santana
Marissa chats with Sara Elizabeth Santana about her re-released zombie duology: THE AWAKENED and THE SANCTUARY, as well as commissioning cover art, the wonderfully supportive self-publishing community, parallels between writing and training for a half-marathon, and how it feels to launch a book about a pandemic... in the midst of a pandemic.
Jun 22, 2020
Guest: Lori M. Lee
Marissa chats with Lori M. Lee about her YA fantasy FOREST OF SOULS, as well as awesome book trailers, a shared appreciation for R.L. Stine, and the increasing amount of cultural representation in fantasy literature as a result of the We Need Diverse Books movement.
Jun 18, 2020
Bonus: World-Building with Tamara Moss
For The Happy Writer's first ever bonus writing craft episode, Marissa chats with friend, author, and long-term critique partner Tamara Moss (LINTANG AND THE PIRATE QUEEN) about: Worldbuilding! From maps to politics, trade industries to natural resources, Tamara breaks down her in-depth approach to constructing complex fantasy worlds. Also discussed are some of our favorite worldbuilding resources, including Google images, Pinterest, fantasy name generators, Google Maps' streetview function, and more.
Jun 15, 2020
Guest: Julie Kagawa
Marissa chats with Julie Kagawa about her newest trilogy, THE SHADOW OF THE FOX, as well as baking disasters, fascinating and bizarre creatures from Japanese folklore, the power of keeping a daily word quota, and... anime!
Jun 9, 2020
Guest: Robyn Schneider
Marissa chats with Robyn Schneider about her newest contemporary YOU DON'T LIVE HERE, as well as the #OwnVoices movement, being more open on social media, lots of love for Oscar Wilde, and... the SECRET-secret menu at In-N-Out Burger. Also mentioned: JoinCampaignZero.org as one option for those wanting to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and this list of Black-owned bookstore across America: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/22-black-owned-bookstores-you-can-order-from-online-22952386. (Happy shopping!)
Jun 1, 2020
Guest: V.E. Schwab
Marissa and special co-host Thalia Westland chat with V.E. Schwab about her forthcoming novel THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE, as well as the impact a beautiful quote can have on readers, the wonderful nostalgia of Scholastic book fairs, and how it takes many books to build a career.
May 25, 2020
Guests: Sarvenaz Tash & Sarah Skilton
Marissa chats with Sarvenaz Tash and Sarah Skilton about their co-written romance GHOSTING: A LOVE STORY (aka MISMATCHED IN MANHATTAN in the UK), as well as the comfort we get from classic rom-com tropes and the many delights (and a few pitfalls) of co-writing a book together.
May 19, 2020
Guest: Phil Stamper
Marissa chats with Phil Stamper about his debut novel, THE GRAVITY OF US, as well as using social media as a platform for change and writing realistic characters on the spectrum between "good" and "bad."
May 15, 2020
Guest: Sajni Patel
Marissa chats with Sajni Patel about her debut romance THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU and her forthcoming young adult contemporary THE KNOCKOUT, as well as writing bold, headstrong characters and the important role that mouthwatering food descriptions can play in our books.
May 12, 2020
Guest: Stephanie Garber
Marissa chats with Stephanie Garber about her bestselling Caraval Trilogy, as well as persevering through lots of rejection and using Pinterest to inspire lush imagery and descriptive details. (And also one teeny, tiny hint about the Rumor Project.)
May 7, 2020
Guest: Jamie Pacton
Marissa chats with Jamie Pacton about her YA debut THE LIFE AND MEDIEVAL TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY, as well as badass women throughout history and how books can change the world… or at least dinner theater.
May 4, 2020
Guest: Abigail Hing Wen
Marissa chats with Abigail Hing Wen about her debut novel LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI, as well as how being vulnerable can bring us closer to other people, and sticking with a book you love even after 26(!) drafts.
Apr 28, 2020
Guest: Ngozi Ukazu
Marissa chats with Ngozi Ukazu about her new graphic novel CHECK, PLEASE! vol. 2: STICKS AND SCONES, as well as the role fandom can serve in increasing our joy and creativity, and sticking with projects you love despite the fear that no one will ever read them.
Apr 22, 2020
Guest: Mary Weber
Marissa chats with Mary Weber about her new novel, TO BEST THE BOYS, as well as some truly emotional interactions with readers and how connecting with a writing community is its own form of self-care.
Apr 19, 2020
Guest: June Hur
Marissa chats with June Hur about her debut novel, THE SILENCE OF BONES, as well as using placeholder chapters while on deadline, and how living your life can serve as an antidote to the fear of rejection.
Apr 16, 2020
Guest: Caleb Roehrig
Marissa chats with Caleb Roehrig about his new book A WEREWOLF IN RIVERDALE and his upcoming paranormal THE FELL OF DARK, as well as his process for outlining mysteries and how to breathe new life into old projects.
Apr 13, 2020
Guest: Roshani Chokshi
Marissa chats with Roshani Chokshi on her new books THE GILDED WOLVES and ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES, as well as the importance of self-care (especially in quarantine) and the infinite potential of retelling fairy tales.
Apr 9, 2020
Guest: Corry L. Lee
Marissa chats with Corry L. Lee about her debut fantasy novel WEAVE THE LIGHTNING, as well as building a system of magic and what we can learn from having to rewrite an entire manuscript.
Apr 5, 2020
Guest: Elizabeth Eulberg
Marissa chats with Elizabeth Eulberg about her newest books, PAST PERFECT LIFE and SHELBY HOLMES AND THE HAUNTED HOUND, as well as the importance of dance parties, celebrating each book, and why it's okay to have bad writing days.
Apr 1, 2020
Guest: Intisar Khanani
Marissa chats with Intisar Khanani on her new book, THORN, as well as the peculiarities of The Goose Girl fairy tale, writing mighty girl characters, and the impact generosity can have on our own happiness.
Mar 29, 2020
Guest: Sandhya Menon
Marissa chats with Sandhya Menon on her new book, OF CURSES AND KISSES, as well as her famous "plotting wall" and writing the first draft for yourself.
Mar 22, 2020
Guest: Jessica Brody
In this inaugural episode, I talk to Jessica Brody about her new book, BETWEEN BURNING WORDS, promotion techniques during the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefit of tracking your moods, and the "Yes, And" technique for co-writing.