Can you give us a bit of backstory about CAKE Literary? What is it? What made you and Dhonielle start it? CAKE Literary is a boutique book packager with a decidedly diverse bent. We come up with fun, high concept, page-turnery ideas with a strong, organic layer of diversity built in, define and outline the “package,” find an #ownvoices writer to work with us on the story, then take it to publishers. The idea is […]
Hi, all! I’m so excited to share a special guest interview with the awesome, Hannah Walcher, of Books Inc. (which was recently chosen as PWs Bookstore of the Year). Hannah is the event coordinator for Not Your Mother’s Book Club—Books Inc.’s Young Adult Author Salon. I recently met Hannah at Stacey Lee’s launch party for Outrun the Moon. Hannah puts together amazing events, so Stacey and I thought it might be helpful for everyone if we asked Hannah […]
This week JJ interviews Roshani Chokshi, author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, a Hades and Persephone-inspired romance infused with Indian mythology and imagery! We talk about world building, discuss settings outside of the West, and about Roshani’s publication journey and where story ideas come from!
A Contemplation on Cookies: A Publishing Tale A year and a day ago, I was in class. I should have been listening about how to calculate damages in a contracts case, but instead I was pondering the cookie options that would be available at Einstein’s. When could I get the cookie? Did I deserve a cookie? What if someone gets to the cookie before me? My deeply philosophical thoughts were disrupted by THE EMAIL. […]
I’m thrilled to introduce author Shannon Parker as our special guest today. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Shannon is here to talk about her upcoming YA debut, The Girl Who Fell, about a high school senior who is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new boy in school. Shannon M Parker shares the inspiration for The Girl Who Fell. But It is such a small word. Three tiny letters. […]