Erin Entrada Kelly: "Lalani of the Distant Sea"
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This is the fourteenth episode of "Talking with Authors" by HEC Media and HEC Books. We're a program dedicated to speaking with some of the best selling authors around, covering many different genres.

Today, our author is a Newberry award winning writer Erin Entrada Kelly. We spoke with her at the HEC Media studios as she was on her summer book tour in September of 2019 when her book “Lalani of the Distant Sea” was hot off the presses.

This New York Times Best Selling children’s book writer was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and started off her career as a journalist in The South. She then relocated to the American Northeast and became an author in 2015 and only 2 years later in 2017, she won the Newberry award for her third book, “Hello, Universe”. Writing for and being able to relate to middle schoolers and young people is clearly a passion for Erin Entrada Kelly. And she knows that being able to provide a sense of belonging in book form for her audience is very important. And in the book we’ll learn about and talk about today, “Lalani of the Distant Sea”, we’ll hear about the trials of adolescent girls and boys through a lens of fantasy. That and how this award winning Filipino American writer’s career came to be and how she plays her role in the world. New York Times Best Selling and Newberry Award winning author Erin Entrada Kelly on this episode of Talking with Authors from HEC Media and HEC Books.

Our host and interviewer this time is Brenda Madden.

HEC Media is a production company out of St. Louis, Missouri.  With the help of independent bookstore Left Bank Books and St. Louis County Library, we are able to sit down with these amazing writers and thought leaders to discuss their work, their inspiration, and what makes them special. You can watch video versions of most of our interviews at

Host of this episode - Brenda Madden
Photography - Peter Foggy and Ken Calcaterra
Editor & Graphics - Kerry Marks
Audio - Ben Smith
Supervising Producer - Julie Winkle
Production Support - Jayne Ballew and Christina Chastain
HEC Media Executive Director - Dennis Riggs
Talking with Authors Podcast Executive Producer - Christina Chastain
Podcast Producer - Rod Milam
Podcast Editors - Ben Smith
Podcast Host - Rod Milam

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