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34 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Katy James author of TOO MUCH MAN
Katy James joins us today to talk about her book TOO MUCH MAN. It's a fun, flirty debut about a grumpy former hockey player and a bisexual coffee-shop owner refuse to commit—to themselves or each other. We talk about identity, hockey, and Katy's day job as an archivist and rare book librarian. Buy TOO MUCH MAN. Preorder the next book TOO HOT TO TOUCH. Visit Katy's website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
66 minutes | May 4, 2022
Maya MacGregor and Allegra Verlezza on THE MANY HALF-LIVED LIVES OF SAM SYLVESTER
THE MANY HALF-LIVED LIVES OF SAM SYLVESTER is about an autistic trans kid navigating their new school while finding friends—and love, along the way. It’s written by Maya MacGregor, and though they are no stranger to publishing, it’s their debut YA novel! Maya and Allegra talk about the joys of bringing Sam to life on the page and in the audiobook, the exciting time we’re in for queer stories, and what this book means to their past selves. Maya's Instagram, Maya's website Allegra's Instagram, Allegra's website Buy THE MANY HALF-LIVED LIVES OF SAM SYLVESTER! Hardcover Audiobook
37 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Meet Our New Agent: Kari Sutherland
Meet our new agent, Kari Sutherland! We are so excited to have her on the team! Find Kari on Twitter. Here is her Query Manager form if you're ready to submit! And here is her MSWL.
28 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Patricia A. Jackson on Book Bans and FORGING A NIGHTMARE
Patty is an educator, an accomplished horse woman, and a fantasy super fan. She joined me to talk about her new novel FORGING A NIGHTMARE, her love of messing with established mythology, and how she brought her characters to life. We also talk about the racist and bigoted book banning that’s gone on in her district in Pennsylvania. If you’re in the book world, you’ve heard about this. This story has been featured in CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and many other news outlets. Patty and I discuss the book ban and and the amazing group of students and teachers who stood up and said, “no”! Panther Anti-Racist Union Media: https://linktr.ee/YourConscience Instagram: @cy.paru Buy FORGING A NIGHTMARE here! Follow Patty on Twitter and Instagram.
43 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
The Supply Chain 2021 and Publishing with Sara Megibow
What the heck is going on with supply chain issues? Why aren't there more books? What can we do about it? What advice do we have for authors? This week, Sara Megibow joins the podcast to talk about all these issues and more! We get granular about how books are made, what the "pain points" are in the process, and what that means for books releasing now. And though it all sounds a little depressing, we promise, it isn't! We also talk about a few tangible things that authors and readers can do to get through this. This is an episode for veteran authors, debut authors, authors on submission, and readers alike. Sara's on Twitter! Follow her @SaraMegibow. You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitchr, IHeartRadio and more.
27 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Mythology and Oral Story Telling with Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev
Mayonn Paassewe-Valchev has always been a storyteller. From her youth in Liberia, to her time living in the Netherlands, and now residing with her family in Georgia, stories have played an important part in her life. In this interview we talk about mythology, capturing oral storytelling on the page and how she did that in her new Middle Grade book THE LEOPARD BEHIND THE MOON. Buy THE LEOPARD BEHIND THE MOON. Follow Mayonn on Twitter, Instagram and find her on her website, mayonn.com. You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitchr, IHeartRadio and more.
42 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
YOUR GUIDE TO NOT GETTING MURDERED with Maureen Johnson, Jay Cooper, and Kate Testerman
Considering a post-pandemic trip to a quaint English Village? Be sure to add this book to your packing list. Maureen Johnson, Jay Cooper, and Kate Testerman get together to discuss the new book YOUR GUIDE TO NOT GETTING MURDERED IN A QUAINT ENGLISH VILLAGE. We discuss the most dangerous element of a quaint English Village, the thing that would probably get us killed, the age-old place to dump a bodë (It's IKEA) and whether or not The Doctor (the Timelord) can be considered an English detective. Buy the book. Socials: Maureen's Twitter, Instagram Jay Cooper's Twitter, Instagram Kate Testerman's Twitter Instagram
53 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Maggie Wells talks Hybrid Publishing and AN ABSENCE OF MOTIVE
Maggie Wells is prolific in the romance genre and definitely knows her stuff. One of the most interesting things we talk about is her experience as a hybrid author. Hybrid authors’ books are usually a blend of traditionally published books and indie or self-published ones. Maggie takes the time to pull back the curtain on her experience in publishing . Check out Maggie Wells on Twitter, Instagram and on her website. You can find AN ABSENCE OF MOTIVE here! You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
38 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
RWW Greene author of TWENTY-FIVE TO LIFE talks about SciFi and Writing
R.W.W. Greene is a SciFi author, an educator, and an all around great guy. He has such an interesting perspective on the SciFi genre and what makes for a great story. He talks about so many different books in our conversation and if you're a student of SciFi, I recommend you have a pen handy. We talk about writing near SciFi, what he's reading right now (THE GALAXY, AND THE GROUND WITHIN by Becky Chambers), and his delightful Covid-vaccinated summer plans. R. W. W. Greene: website, Twitter and Instagram You can buy THE LIGHT YEARS right now! Or Preorder TWENTY-FIVE TO LIFE (Out in August 2021!) You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
32 minutes | May 26, 2021
Michelle Ruiz Keil Talks Modern Mythology and SUMMER IN THE CITY OF ROSES
Michelle Ruiz Kiel’s modern stories with mythic sensibilities are some of my favorites. She is someone I wanted to have on the podcast for a long time. I think it started when I heard her panel on modern fairy tales at the ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle a few years ago. I wanted to bring her on and ask her all about writing mythology, magical realism, and modern fairytales. Michelle join me to talk about all things mythology, storytelling, and her new novel SUMMER IN THE CITY OF ROSES. We also talk about the gorgeous covers for both of her books and the amazing artists who created them! You can find them on Instagram. The artist for the ALL OF US WITH WINGS cover is Whitney Salgado @ws.illustration The artist for the SUMMER IN THE CITY OF ROSES cover is Maga Gon @maga.sama Find Michelle on her Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
33 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Deva Fagan and Ellen Booraem talk MG Fantasy
Buy River Magic and Nightingale! Today, I have the privilege of speaking with two of our Powerhouse Middle Grade authors, Ellen Booraem and Deva Fagan. These women are both from Maine and they both write beautiful, sharp, emotionally resonant Middle Grade fantasy. We talk about writing, magic, LARPing, and puppers. We also talk about promoting their books with a group of authors who all release in April 2021. Ellen and Deva have been joined by Nancy Werlin whose YA release is called ZOE ROSENTHAL IS NOT LAWFUL GOOD and Leah Cypess' Middle Grade fantasy THORNWOOD. I had such a wonderful time speaking with Deva and Ellen and I hope you enjoy the conversation, too. Deva Fagan: website, Twitter and Instagram Ellen Booraem: website, Twitter, Facebook You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
43 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
NYT Bestselling author Jason Hough author of INSTINCT
Today I have the privilege of speaking with New York Times Bestselling author, Jason Hough. Jason is the author of The Dire Earth series, ZERO WORLD, and video game tie in books for Gears of War and Mass Effect. We talk about writing IP for video games, James Bond's pacing, and using movie soundtracks as writing music. Preorder INSTINCT! Jason's website Jason's Twitter You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
25 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Jennifer Gruenke talks about YA fantasy and Covid Publishing Delays
This week I have the privilege of interviewing novelist Jennifer Greunke. Jennifer’s debut novel, OF SILVER AND SHADOW just came out in February. Jennifer’s book was originally supposed to come out in May of 2020 and the release date was pushed back almost a year because of Covid-19. We have an interesting conversation about that process. We also discuss writing fantasy, and the best way for writers to curate their social media accounts. One of my favorite parts of the interview, Quick Query Corner was thwarted by technical difficulties, which bummed me out because its always one of my favorite parts of any interview. So sadly, you don’t get to know Jennifer quite as well as I would like you to. But that’s all the more reason for you to go check out her dreamy Instagram page! She is a veteran bookstagrammer and is well connected in the YA writing world. I’ve put a link to her social media in the show notes.
32 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Jen Petro-Roy Interview and Conversation about Balance
Madeline L’Engle once said in an interview “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” I can’t think of a better way to describe Jen Petro-Roy’s books. She’s the author of the books PS I MISS YOU, GOOD ENOUGH, and her brand new release LIFE IN THE BALANCE. We actually talk a lot about balance in this episode. Balancing honesty and humor. Adult problems in a children’s book. Creativity and quarantine. And one thing that is abundantly clear is that Jen’s a student of children’s literature. Before her life as a writer, she was a librarian, and her love and respect for her young audience shows in her work. Here's where you can find Jen Petro-Roy online! jenpetroroy.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. And pick up a copy of LIFE IN THE BALANCE here. You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
37 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
2020 Agency Wrap Up
Today, we talk about 2020. Yes, we voluntarily went back there! Though much was lost this year, and many things felt by turns unfamiliar and maddeningly repetitive, we had a good year. With 3 new members added to our team, many new books released, and new contracts signed! Together we clung to the successes and joy. Kate Testerman, Sara Megibow, Kelly VanSant, Jas Perry, Aida Lilly, and Renee Nyen talk about 2020 and look ahead to what 2021 has in store for kt literary. Here are some of our favorite reads of 2020! Kate loved: Enjoy the View by Sarah Morganthaler Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi Sara loved: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse Aida loved: Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab Kelly loved: The Unravelling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse Jas loved: Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds written by Danica Novgorodoff Renee loved: Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
19 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Aliza Mann Interview: Fair Fight and A MORE PERFECT UNION
Our client, Aliza Mann joined me for a conversation about the new book A MORE PERFECT UNION. This collaborative project is a romance anthology in which each story addresses voting and democracy. Preorder A MORE PERFECT UNION on Amazon and on Apple Books Aliza Mann’s Website, Instagram, Twitter, and The Book Harlots on YouTube. If you want more information about the powerful voter equality work Fair Fight does, find that here. You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
29 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Susan Adrian on NUTCRACKED, writing about magic, and holiday cheer
In an effort to make the end of 2020 as joyful as possible, I couldn't think of a better guest than Susan Adrian. She's one of the first kt literary clients I ever met, and she is always so kind, warm, and generous. Susan is the author of the Middle Grade books NUTCRACKED and FOREVER NEVERLAND, and the YA book TUNNEL VISION. She is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. She danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching crazy stuff, traveling, and writing more books. Susan's website: www.susanadrian.net Susan's socials: Twitter and Instagram You can find us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
29 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Elysia Whisler author of RESCUE YOU
Elysia Whisler joins us today to talk about her debut novel RESCUE YOU. It is a heartwarming love story about redemption, hope, and how everyone needs saving now and then. We discuss Elysia's road to publishing, PTSD, and, of course, dogs! You can find Elysia on Twitter and Instagram, and also on her website at elysiawhisler.com. You can purchase RESCUE YOU here! And look for us at ktliterary.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
32 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Marisa Reichardt author of AFTERSHOCKS
Marisa Reichardt is the author of UNDERWATER, the upcoming spring 2021 release, A SHOT AT NORMAL and her newest book, AFTERSHOCKS. We talk about packing earthquake kits, the physical and mental strength of water polo players, and how releasing a disaster book in 2020 can actually be rather cathartic. You can purchase a copy of AFTERSHOCKS here. Find Marisa on her website, twitter, and instagram. For information about submissions, new releases, and everything else that happens at our agency, visit our website ktliterary.com. We are also on Twitter and Instagram.
34 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
K.D. Edwards on The Tarot Sequence
K.D. Edwards is the author of the urban fantasy series THE TAROT SEQUENCE: Book One: THE LAST SUN, Book Two: THE HANGED MAN, and -just announced!- Book Three: THE HOURGLASS THRONE. Listen in for the inside scoop on some of K.D.'s writing practices and what's happening next in the series. You can purchase all of his books here! Download the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitchr, and more platforms! And please do rate, review, and subscribe to the show. Follow K.D. Edwards on Twitter @KDEdwards_NC WE RECOMMEND THESE AWESOME PODCASTS BY BLACK AUTHORS WE LOVE! My Imaginary Friends Podcast by L. Penelope Quantum Froth Dispatches with Mike Haspil Deadline City by Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova
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