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Exploring the Blank Page

Exploring the Blank Page

By Emilie Hendryx and Christen Krumm
A podcast for #readers and #writers of #YAFiction that explores the process behind the blank page!

Hosted by Christen Krumm and Emilie Hendryx
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025: Holiday Special with Tracy Andreen
Tracy Andreen was born in Southern California but raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Journalism and Professional Writing then promptly moved to Los Angeles where she spent many years in the world of film development, employed at Amblin/DreamWorks and Mandalay Pictures, among others. She began her paid writing career when she took it upon herself to revise some properties in development at Mandalay and ultimately left that side of the film world to pursue writing full time. In her spare time, she enjoys staring at her fantasy football lineup, hiking, gardening, perusing homes on Zillow, and making some amazingly cool candles that you totally would buy if only she would at long last set up that website. For links on everything we mentioned in this episode visit:
December 10, 2021
024: Holiday Special with Chelsea Bobulski
Chelsea Bobulski was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised on Disney movies, Broadway musicals, and Buckeye pride. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in history and promptly married her high school sweetheart. As a writer, she has a soft spot for characters with broken pasts, strange talents, and obstacles they must overcome for a brighter future. She now lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband, her daughter, and one very emotive German Shepherd/Lab mix.  For links on everything we mentioned in this episode visit:
December 09, 2021
023: Holiday Special with Rektok Ross
Rektok Ross is the pen name of Liani Kotcher, a trial attorney turned award-winning young adult author and book blogger. An avid reader since childhood, Liani writes exactly the kind of books she loves to escape into herself: exciting thrillers with strong female leads, swoon-worthy love interests, and life-changing moments. She graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism and obtained her juris doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law. Originally from South Florida, she currently splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles with her husband, stepkids, and her dogs. You can find her online just about anywhere at @RektokRoss, as well as on her website,, where she blogs about books and writing. For links on everything we mentioned in this episode visit:
December 08, 2021
022: Holiday Special with Tif Marcelo
Tif Marcelo is a veteran US Army nurse and holds a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in public administration. She believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts The Stories to Love Podcast, and is the USA Today bestselling author of In a Book Club Far Away, Once Upon a Sunset, The Key to Happily Ever After, which was a Target Diverse Book Club pick, The Holiday Switch, and the Heart Resort and Journey to the Heart series. She and her books have been featured in The Today Show, Shondaland, Real Simple Magazine, The Asian Journal and more! Her website, which includes a link to her newsletter, is For links on everything we mentioned in this episode visit:
December 07, 2021
021: Exploring the Blank Page Holiday Special
Merry Christmas! We are so excited to be back for a mini holiday season. This week we will be releasing an episode every day interviewing YA authors about their holiday novels!  Grab a cup of your favorite holiday drink and enjoy this episode!  For links on everything we chatted about in this episode visit:
December 06, 2021
020: Writing Update & Reflections
We have come to the end of season 2! Emilie and Christen give a quick writing update (they are busy writers!) + reflect over what they learned this season. As always, for links to what we chatted about in this episode, visit:
June 25, 2021
019: Lori Langdon
Lorie Langdon is one half of the author team that writes the best-selling DOON series, a young adult reimagining of the musical Brigadoon. A few years ago, she left her corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now she spends her days tucked into her office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high-profile sites as,, and Lorie’s solo debut, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, released September 27th, 2016. GILT HOLLOW was recently named by Redbook Magazine as one of the “Books By Women You Must Read This Fall.” website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Links for what we chatted about in this episode:  Doon Series — Gilt Hollow —  Olivia Twist — Original Oliver Twist Movie — Oliver Twist — Truly Devious | Maureen Johnson — Caraval series | Stephanie Garber — Lorie Langdon Playlists —
June 11, 2021
018: Lani Forbes
Lani Forbes is the award-winning YA author of The Seventh Sun and the 2021 release, The Jade Bones. As the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer (which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books), Lani is a one-time teacher turned MFT student. Her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. She helps others process anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD, both in her stories and in real life. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Links for what we chatted about in this episode:  The Seventh Sun — The Jade Bones — Once Upon a Time — Renegades | Marissa Meyer — An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson — Sorcery of Thornes | Margaret Rogerson — Fate: Winx Saga —
June 07, 2021
017: Jennifer Lindsay
We are super excited to introduce you to author and editor, Jennifer Lindsay! We had so much fun chatting with Jennifer — plus she give amazing advice on what editors wished authors would know!  For links on everything we chatted about in this episode, visit:
May 22, 2021
016: Nadine Brandes
We had so much fun recording this conversation with Nadine Brandes! We laughed pretty much the entire time! Hope this episode brings a smile to your face (and Nadine dropped so much wisdom on productivity and writer care!) As always, for links to what we chatted about in this episode, visit: 
May 14, 2021
015: Caroline George
This week we had so much fun chatting with the one and only Caroline George! We talked travel, writing as a career, and Caroline gave a little sneak peek into what's coming up next!  As always, for links to what we chatted about in this episode, visit:
May 07, 2021
014: Olivia Smit
We had a blast talking about productivity and writer care with Olivia Smit. She had some amazing tips for making sure you're using your time in the best possible way. You'll want to grab a copy of her book, Seeing Voices!  As always, for links to what we chatted about in this episode, visit:
April 30, 2021
013: Nova McBee
We are so excited to chat this week with Nova McBee! We chatted about her latest release Calculated plus she gave a little sneak peek at book two (releasing in May!) Nova's productivity tip was brilliant. We can't wait for you to listen to this episode!  As always, for links to what we chatted about in this episode, visit:
April 23, 2021
012: Welcome to Season Two
We're back! Talking all about where we've been, why season two launch has taken so long, and what to expect this season (it's going to be amazing!)  As always, for links to what we chatted about in this episode, visit:
April 16, 2021
011: Guest Sara Ella
Today on the podcast we are excited to introduce you to Sara Ella. Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a Disney prince and live in a castle. Now she spends her days homeschooling her three Jedi in training, braving the Arizona summers, and reminding her superhero husband that it's almost Christmas (even if it's only January). When she's not writing, Sara might be found behind her camera lens or planning her next adventure to California. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”  Links from the Show Unblemished series | Sara Ella | Sara's writing space  |  Coral | Frozen | Onward | Brave | Big Hero 6 | Disney Story Origins Podcast | Dust | Kara Swanson | The Lunar Chronicles | Marrisa Meyers | Welcome to Wonderland | Ready Player One Soundtrack | Warcross | Marie Lu | The Selection | Keira Cass | Harney and Sons Paris Tea |
December 11, 2020
010: Guest Kara Swanson
As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. Swanson is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See and Peter Pan retelling/sequel Dust (Enclave Publishing, July 2020). She helps young writers explore their passions as a faculty member of the Young Writer's Workshop and also offers her own author coaching services. Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid--though not necessarily in that order. Links from the Show The Girl Who Could See | Kara Swanson | Dust | Kara Swanson | Young Writer's Workshop | Peter Pan | JM Barrie | Return to Neverland | Hawk | James Patterson | Nadine Brandes | Sara Ella | Lindzy Franklin | Mary Weber | Chronicles of Narnia |
December 07, 2020
009: Special Guest Natalie Walters
On this episode of Exploring the Blank Page Podcast, we have a special guest, and the third member of our Mastermind group, Natalie Walters. With Natalie, we dive deep into what a mastermind group is, how we started our writing squad, and how to make sure yours is successful! Enjoy!  Links from the Show #findmywritingcommunity: Zoom: Connect with Natalie:
November 27, 2020
008: Guest Kristin Dwyer
You may have heard of today’s author because of her amazing online presence and genuine approach to social media. She is a lover of all things South Korea and K-Pop, best friends to Adrienne Young, and just got some exciting news we’re dying to hear her talk about on today’s podcast. Links from the Show KD's announcement on Instagram | It Happened at Christmas | Y'all Fest | Woven in Moonlight | Vampires Diaries | Guardian: The Lonely and Great God | Viki streaming service | Blood and Honey | Spinning Silver | More than Maybe | Serpent and Dove | Red, White, and Royal Blue | Sky in the Deep | Outer Banks |
November 20, 2020
007: Guest R.J. Anderson
Today's guest is R.J. Anderson. R.J. is the daughter of a preacher who read Tolkien and Lewis aloud to his children, she grew up daydreaming about Narnia and Middle-Earth, watching DOCTOR WHO from behind the sofa, and hanging out in her brothers' comic book shop. Now she writes novels about knife-wielding faeries, weird science, and the numinous in the modern world. Her debut novel KNIFE was a UK bestseller and has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide. Her teen thriller ULTRAVIOLET (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Nebula Awards and the Sunburst Award for Canadian SF and was followed by a companion novel, QUICKSILVER (2013). She has also written two magical middle-grade mysteries, the Silver Birch Award-shortlisted A POCKET FULL OF MURDER (2015) and its sequel A LITTLE TASTE OF POISON (2016). Her latest work is the Flight and Flame Trilogy, consisting of SWIFT (coming August 2020), NOMAD (November 2020), and TORCH (February 2021). For links and everything else we chatted about this week, visit
November 14, 2020
006: August Project: What We've Learned and Where We're Going From Here
In Episode 6 of Exploring the Blank Page, we're chatting about our August project — what it was, what we've learned, and where we're going from here. For links and everything else we chatted about this week, visit
November 04, 2020
005: Guest Natalie Mae
Today's special guest is Natalie Mae. Natalie Mae is an ex-programmer, dark chocolate enthusiast, and author of young adult novels. She has also been a freelance editor and a Pitch Wars mentor, and she feels it notable to mention she once held a job where she had to feed spiders. When not writing, she can be found wandering the Colorado wilderness with her family. Be sure to grab a copy of her latest release The Kinder Poison. [Please forgive the sound quality of this episode. We were dealing with some Bluetooth interference for the first portion and a little at the end] For links and everything else we chatted about this week, visit
October 30, 2020
004: NaNoWriMo Pep talk
Join us as we talk all things NaNoWriMo! November is coming — this is the pep talk you didn't know you needed!  For links from this episode, visit:
October 23, 2020
003: Guest Shannon Dittemore
Today's special guest is Shannon Dittemore. Shannon is an author, speaker, and contributor to the blog Go Teen Writers, which was one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. When she's not at her desk, she can be found in the wilds of Northern California, adventuring with her husband, their two children, and a Husky named Leonidas. Be sure to grab Shannon's latest release, Winter, White & Wicked out now!  For links and everything else we chatted about this week, visit
October 16, 2020
002: Guest Kara McDowell
We are very excited to introduce you to our first podcast guest, Kara McDowell. Kara was born in the mountains and raised in the desert. She spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. Now she lives in Mesa, Arizona, where she divides her time between writing, baking, and playing board games with her husband and three young sons.  Grab her new book, One Way or Another, out now!  Get links and show notes here:
October 09, 2020
001: Welcome to the Podcast
Our very first episode! We're excited to take listeners along for the ride as we showcase our lighting round questions (featured in every interview) and give you all some insight into who we are, how we met, and where the idea for Exploring the Blank Page came from.  Get links and show notes here:
October 09, 2020