Playlist - Writing Young Adult Fiction

Eli Brown, ODDITY author — Fictitious writer interview

Eli Brown — ODDITY author

ODDITY author Eli Brown discusses his alt-history fantasy novel for young readers. We talk world-building in an 1800's North American setting, approaching sensitive historical topics, creating an objected-based magic system, and tackling themes of grief, trauma & agency for a middle grade audience.

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Neal Shusterman — GAME CHANGER author

GAME CHANGER author Neal Shusterman talks about his thoughtful & propulsive young adult sci-fi novel. We discuss the story as an 'empathy primer'—exploring a center-of-their-own-world protagonist who is not the hero—and why his writing process begins with a completely handwritten first draft.


BLACK CANARY: BREAKING SILENCE author Alexandra Monir talks about writing for the DC Icons young adult series, adapting the fan-favorite Black Canary and Court of Owls in a prose novel, and how she got the job of writing a major media tie-in.

Leigh Bardugo — THE LIVES OF SAINTS Author

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the young adult fantasy Grishaverse novels (Shadow & Bone, Six of Crows). THE LIVES OF SAINTS is a collection of Grishaverse religious folklore, a physical manifestation of an item from her stories.

Katy Rose Pool – “There Will Come A Darkness” Author

Debut author Katy Rose Pool talks about her young adult fantasy novel, THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS (Fierce Reads / Henry Holt & Co.). Learn about her no-outlining, character-centric process as we explore her well-developed fantasy world.

Mary E. Pearson – “Vow of Thieves” Author

Bestselling young adult fantasy author Mary E. Pearson talks about her writing process for DANCE OF THIEVES and its new sequel, VOW OF THIEVES (Fierce Reads). Both novels are set in the world of her popular REMNANT CHRONICLES series.

Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy

Recorded live at San Diego Comic Con 2018, the "Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy" panel features authors Tomi Adeyemi, Robert Jackson Bennett, Jason Denzel, R.F. Kuang, and Mary E. Pearson. Moderated by Adron Buske.



FICTITIOUS is a YouTube show and podcast that delves into the craft of Science Fiction & Fantasy storytelling through interviews with authors and other professional writers. Hosted & produced by Adron Buske.

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