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Writer's Block? Rejection? Impostor Syndrome? Writing is full of ups and downs, but we can still find plenty of joy on this creative journey! Bestselling author Marissa Meyer interviews writers and industry professionals about books, craft, and publishing, to find out how we can all bring more joy to our writing process and career.
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Prince Kai Fan Pod is a Marissa Meyer Book Club Podcast! Join host and creator Bethanie and fantastic guests on a Read-Along Journey through all of Marissa Meyer’s Books, starting with The Lunar Chronicles. We discuss each book in order, chapter by chapter.In each chapter, we will pick our favorite quotes, create a playlist for chapters, and try to find any future ’Easter Eggs’ foreshadowing events. Listen now as we start The Lunar Chronicles Series with Cinder. Haven’t finished reading the ...
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Back on Earth, Thorne and Cress arrive to rescue Iko, but while Cress has a party to prepare for, Thorne is attempting pull a disappearing act. Cress is able to locate Iko's hover, and in the meantime she should probably get fixed up. Meanwhile, Alpha Steele starts recruiting other Wolf Mutants to aide in his goal of capturing one of the new queen'…
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Marissa chats with award-winning author of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, Tomi Adeyemi, about her new third book in the Legacy of Orisha series, CHILDREN OF ANGUISH AND ANARCHY. Also discussed in this episode: the inspiration for Tomi creating The Writer’s Roadmap courses for writers, feeling like you’re finally a career writer, transitioning from a l…
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Marissa chats with the husband-and-wife writing team of Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka about their latest YA adventure heist novel, HEIRESS TAKES ALL. Also discussed in this episode: the process of cowriting and the division of labor that resembles a marriage, carefully and consciously casting a heist book’s ensemble of characters, bene…
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As Iko calls on Thorne and Cress for help, she contemplates how she got into this mess in the first place! Turns out: it was her idea! Nearly 6 months after the end of the Lunar Revolution, rogue soldiers were refusing to come back to Luna, refusing to listen to their new queen. With Thorne, Cress, Wolf and Scarlet delivering the antidote across th…
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In this 200th (!) episode of The Happy Writer Podcast, Marissa (with some help from Joanne) answers many of your burning questions. Topics discussed: dealing with burnout, crafting three-dimensional characters, writing to trends, co-writing, balancing writing with parenting, and so much more. Also included: much-anticipated updates on TLC productio…
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Marissa chats with Alexene Farol Follmuth about her latest contemporary coming-of-age YA romance, TWELFTH KNIGHT. Also discussed: some of the differences between self and traditional publishing and how the two can come together in a career, crafting the ‘unlikeable female character’, using Shakespeare for source material, structuring a romance diff…
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Wires and Nerves Vol 1 Chapter 1 (The Lunar Chronicles) We start the graphic novels spin off to The Lunar Chronicles about 7 months after the end of Winter. Wolf and Scarlet have retired to their farm, Cress and Thorne are delivering the antidote around the world, Jacin and Winter have become Lunar Ambassadors, and Cinder and Kai are ruling their r…
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Marissa chats with Tessa Gratton about her new YA fantasy, BLOOD & FURY, the sequel to CHAOS & FLAME, co-written with Justina Ireland. Also discussed: building social justice and important topics into fantasy while also making a book fun, how working on different projects concurrently can be both challenging and inspiring, creating inspiration list…
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Marissa chats again with Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and Save the Cat! Writes a Young Adult Novel about her popular craft books and how she adapted the original Save the Cat screenplay book’s components for novel-writing. Also discussed in this craft-focused episode: how even pantsers can benefit from outlining tips, how h…
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Marissa chats with Isabel Greenberg about her new Arthurian fantasy graphic novel, YOUNG HAG AND THE WITCHES’ QUEST. Also discussed in this episode: the freedom of creating a first project without the expectation that it will be read, the challenges and allure of retellings and Arthurian legends, the process of creating and revising a graphic novel…
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Marissa chats with Kekla Magoon about her new middle grade time travel fantasy, THE SECRET LIBRARY. Also discussed in this episode: How secrets can take many forms (goats!), writing stories non-linearly, how creating a timeline can help catch inconsistencies and track continuity, how sometimes you need to write the whole book to feel confident enou…
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While the podcast is on hiatus from starting a new book, I still want to release fun bonus episodes! This week Leah from YA Book Chat joins me to discuss Cinder's Wedding Adventure with SPOILERS! Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.Oleh Bethanie Finger
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Marissa shares her top 10 tips for improving your work-life balance. From starting with a focused to-do list, to reframing goal time frames, to the best way to approach multitasking, and so much more, you’re sure to find something helpful in this practical episode. Note: For more writing-specific productivity tips, you can also check out episode 14…
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Marissa chats with Ana Ellickson about her debut YA urban fantasy, THE VANISHING STATION. Also discussed: having the courage to leave an agent even before selling a book, developing complex magic systems and how helpful editors can be for ensuring they work, using locations—known and unknown—as settings for urban fantasy, creating three-dimensional…
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Marissa chats with Makiia Lucier about her new romantic YA fantasy inspired by Pacific Island mythology, DRAGONFRUIT. Also discussed in this episode: writing by hand in notebooks, what it’s like to revise and resubmit to an agent, the advantage of keeping early writing a secret, the joy of research and using it to build lush worlds and believable f…
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Marissa and Joanne get together to answer listener-submitted questions about publishing, getting into nitty gritty details of what it’s like to be a published author. Also covered in this jam-packed episode: word count guidelines, what happens after signing with an agent, the submission process, what it’s like to break up with an agent, advances an…
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Marissa chats with Adib Khorram about his new YA romantic comedy, THE BREAKUP LISTS. Also discussed in the episode: the challenges of pandemic books and virtual launches, the positive influence of We Need Diverse Books, having fun mining your own experiences for fiction, showcasing the people who work behind-the-scenes in theater, identifying and c…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Stephanie Kuehnert about her new YA zine-style memoir, PIECES OF A GIRL, that includes journal entries, original illustrations, and pages from her actual diaries and zines. Discussed in this episode: how a book can take the time it needs to take, how even a memoir can be a challenge to structure and know w…
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In this week’s special episode sponsored by Amplify Marketing, Marissa has a fascinating chat with company founder, Franklin Goldberg, about getting books into the hands and hearts of readers. Discussed in this jam-packed episode about marketing: how every book needs to be looked at individually depending on a complex set of variables, the most eff…
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In this week’s episode Marissa chats with John Schu about his semi-autobiographical novel in verse, LOUDER THAN HUNGER. Also discussed: the difficulty in determining an age label for a book, writing a fictionalized account of your own experiences instead of a memoir and deciding when and how much to fictionalize, the healing power of writing from a…
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In this week’s episode Marissa chats with debut author and podcaster Bethanie Finger about her YA historical fantasy, MORE THAN LIFE. Also discussed in this episode: expedited series releases, being a pantser, even when worldbuilding, finding the magic in editing, short chapters, the effectiveness of writing exercises and sprints, the Prince Kai Fa…
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In this week’s episode Marissa chats with literary agent, coach, and now author, Lucinda Halpern, about her new book, GET SIGNED: FIND AN AGENT, LAND A BOOK DEAL, AND BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR. Also discussed in this jam-packed episode: the varied job of representing authors, why the query letter is the most important document a writer will ever cr…
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In this week’s episode Marissa chats with Hafsah Faizal about her latest YA fantasy heist, the first of a new duology, A TEMPEST OF TEA. Also discussed in this episode: how a non-reader can turn into a reader and then a published author, planning out a heist when being mostly a pantser, struggling with doubts and imposter syndrome, planning out rom…
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PART THREE The return of the tangents! Join me with the PKFP original co-hosts Ash and Becca as we catch up and come back together to discuss the final chapter of Winter! This podcast is Hosted and Produced by Bethanie A. Finger, with special guests Ash and Becca. It is with a heavy heart that I make this hiatus announcement. After nearly five year…
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In this week’s episode Marissa chats with Dinesh Thiru about his debut YA fantasy adventure, INTO THE SUNKEN CITY. Also discussed in this episode: how a gag project can inspire a writing career, retelling a literary classic (TREASURE ISLAND) in a postapocalyptic setting, how much of the source material to use, and creating a more modern diverse cas…
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In this week’s episode, the first of the 2024 season, Marissa chats about her brand-new book, WITH A LITTLE LUCK, the companion to INSTANT KARMA. Featured in this episode are two special guests: Chuck Gonzales, the illustrator for the comic book pages inside WITH A LITTLE LUCK, and Stacy Carolan, the book’s audio edition narrator. Discussed in this…
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In this week’s episode, my sister Lindsey and I watch the Netflix holiday film A Christmas Prince and provide live commentary. Happy Holidays! When junior editor Amber (Rose McIver) is finally assigned a story of her own, it means she'll have to miss Christmas in New York City with her widowed father. She's sent abroad to get the inside scoop on da…
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In this weeks episode, my sister Lindsey and I watch the Netflix holiday film Princess Switch and provide live commentary. Happy Holidays! Stacy, a type-A planner with a penchant for schedules, takes a spontaneous trip to the charming land of Belgravia at the suggestion of her sous chef and best friend, Kevin. While preparing for the Royal Christma…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Elle Gonzalez Rose about her queer YA rom-com, CAUGHT IN A BAD FAUXMANCE. Also discussed: How a career writing marketing copy for the screen is transferable to writing books and book marketing materials, the fun of writing favorite tropes in romance, bonding characters over cultural foods, the challenge of…
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"And, while Cinderella and her prince *did* live happily ever after, the point, gentlemen, is that they lived," (Ever After, 1998). Join Becca and I for a special request episode where we discuss Becca's favorite Cinderella Retelling: Ever After! Synopsis: Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wea…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Andrea Tang about her latest sci-fi heist YA, KINGDOM OF WITHOUT. Also discussed, genre-bending in YA, on discovering who your character is during the writing process, how edit notes really can give perspective and sometimes, exactly what the book needs, leaning on experts to help ensure details are authen…
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PART TWO The return of the tangents! Join me with the PKFP original co-hosts Ash and Becca as we catch up and come back together to discuss the final chapter of Winter! This podcast is Hosted and Produced by Bethanie A. Finger, with special guests Ash and Becca. Logo Art was created by Cosmic Nova Flare on Instagram. Get bonus content on Patreon Ho…
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*Happy Thanksgiving* This week I am joined by one of the hosts of the Best of Friends Podcast, Erin Mallory Long. We discuss our favorite Thanksgiving episodes from the TV Show Friends! Season 4, Episode 8: The One with Chandler in a Box Season 6, Episode 9: The One Where Ross Got High Season 9, Episode 8: The One with Rachel's Other Sister This po…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Jessica Vitalis about her latest contemporary middle grade, COYOTE QUEEN. Also discussed: how to pronounce ‘coyote’ (which is not as simple as one might think) and fascinating coyote facts, digging deep to put difficult emotions on the page and how much of a challenge that can be, mining lived experiences …
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*Chapter Discussion Start Time 33:00 PART ONE The return of the tangents! Join me with the PKFP original co-hosts Ash and Becca as we catch up and come back together to discuss the final chapter of Winter! This podcast is Hosted and Produced by Bethanie A. Finger, with special guests Ash and Becca. Logo Art was created by Cosmic Nova Flare on Insta…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Kate Pearsall about her debut YA mystery (with magic!), BITTERSWEET IN THE HOLLOW. Also discussed: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), creating an evocative and lush setting, using real locations as inspiration but changing details to suit the story, the brilliance of using gravestones for character …
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In this week’s chapters: PART TWO Summary Winter is haunted by the ghost of Ryu while at the menagerie. After the animals were abandoned, she and some of the palace staff took it upon themselves to tend to the animals and space. Winter is wearing shock bracelets to help control her outbursts. Winter wants to be the test subject for Garan’s anti-lun…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Leanne Schwartz about her YA fantasy debut, A PRAYER FOR VENGEANCE. Also discussed: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), using a theater background to help get into characters’ heads and allowing you to keep your audience in mind, writing neurodivergent characters from the place of a lived experience …
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*Chapter Discussion Start Time 18:21: listen for the musical interlude to know the time In this week’s chapters: PART ONE Summary Cress is pulled out of suspensions after recovering from her injuries during the final showdown with Levana. Though many have come to visit her, Thorne is not one of them and no one has given her updates about him. But w…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Terry J. Benton-Walker about his middle grade fantasy, ALEX WISE VS THE END OF THE WORLD. Also discussed: how a varied background that seems to not be related to writing can still inform a writer’s career, on being a super-plotter, exploring how people react in stressful situations (like an apocalypse!), c…
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178 Winter Chapters 93-94 Part Two (The Lunar Chronicles) In this week’s chapters: PART TWO Summary Cinder is ready to sign the Treaty of Bremen, with Iko as her stylist, Keeney as her personal guard, and Kai and Torin as her advisors. Adri and Pearl are uncomfortable at the meeting until they find out the reason they were invited. After Cinder’s b…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with S.H. Cotugno about their YA graphic novel, THE GLASS SCIENTISTS, based on the popular webcomic of the same name, inspired by the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. Also discussed: collaborating with others and how to leave space for other people’s creativity, the relatability of Jekyll and Hyde and the…
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177 Winter Chapters 93-94 Part One (The Lunar Chronicles) Chapter Discussion Start Time: 26:33 *Listen for the musical interlude. In this week’s chapters: PART ONE Summary Jacin watches over a sleeping Winter, distraught from the nights of the battle and so overcome with grief that she has sedated and restrained. Too many years of neglecting her gi…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with Kalyn Josephson about her latest YA fantasy, THIS DARK DESCENT. Also discussed: how technical writing can help with creative and novel writing, using Jewish mythology as inspiration for fantasy (golems!), the joy in worldbuilding, how all fantasy books should have a map, how to decide whose point of view t…
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Chapter Discussion Starts at 39:50 In this week’s chapters: Summary Scarlet and Wolf catch up with Emilie, who has been tending the farm in Scarlet’s absence. They finally admit their true feelings and establish a plan to return to Earth together. But the moment of bliss is ruined by an excited Iko announcing that Cinder is finally awake. Cinder wa…
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In this week’s episode, Marissa chats with John Connolly about THE LAND OF LOST THINGS, his long-anticipated companion to THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS. Also discussed: how being a journalist can help and/or hinder being a novelist, the concept of writing being a muscle, how even many books into a career you may recognize planning would make it easier to…
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