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From Spark to Shelf

From Spark to Shelf

By Jenna DeVillier
A writing podcast that traces writers' journeys from initial idea to published book, and everything in between. Bimonthly interviews with both published writers, and those still in the query trenches, providing hope to writers that, no matter how long it takes, your dream never comes too late. Hosted by Jenna DeVillier.

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Episode 3: Christopher Mannino
Today I talk to my first agented author, Christopher Mannino! Chris is represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, and has two books on submission. In this episode we discuss: *How getting lost in Cornwall and spending time at Oxford (filming location for the Harry Potter movies) inspired his first YA novel, THE SCYTHE WIELDER'S SECRET *Writing in different age categories *How your Dream Book can be hard to let go of, but why it's important to pivot when it isn't working *Why contradictory feedback from agents can actually mean you're getting close! *Juggling multiple projects at one time to stay inspired and motivated Follow Christopher Mannino on social media: *Facebook: Christopher Mannino | Facebook *Goodreads: Christopher Mannino (Author of School of Deaths) ( *Amazon: Christopher Mannino: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle *Christopher Mannino - Home - Follow me on social media: *Twitter: Jenna DeVillier ✨ (@JennaDevillier) / Twitter *Facebook: Jenna DeVillier | Facebook *Instagram: Jenna DeVillier (@jennadevillierwrites) • Instagram photos and videos *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer Episode 4 will be released on May 18! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!
May 4, 2021
Episode 2: Amanda J. Winter
Today I have my first special guest with me, Amanda J. Winter! In this episode we discuss: *Her writing/querying journey (2:43) *Her current WIP and the inspiration behind it (5:49) *Drafting vs. revising and plotting vs. pantsing (spoiler: Amanda loves revising and is a pantser! "I'm trying to be a plotter... it's not really working.") *The way she finds inspiration through TV shows (She has an idea for an Anne of Green Gables-inspired fantasy! "This would be a cool idea, if I mixed this and this...") *The rabbit hole of Pinterest inspiration boards (14:00) *Her advice for querying writers (16:45) *SEQUELS (18:00) *Query research (18:50) *The sad state of our Goodreads challenges (Amanda only read 8 books in 2020 x_x) (24:30) *Fancast the characters in your WIP! (28:23) *Draft lengths (Amanda drafts LONG, Jenna drafts short) (32:00) *The query letter struggle bus (34:00) *Amanda is drawing a map for her WIP... it is not going well (38:00) MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: *Chloe Gong, author of THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS and the upcoming OUR VIOLENT ENDS (11/16/21) and FOUL LADY FORTUNE (Fall 2022). -Twitter/Instagram/TikTok: @thechloegong *Erin A. Craig (GIF aesthetics), author of HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS and the upcoming SMALL FAVORS (7/27/21). -Twitter/Instagram: @Penchant4Words Follow Amanda J. Winter on social media: *Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @ajwinterbooks * Follow me on social media: *Twitter: @JennaDeVillier *Facebook/Instagram: @jennadevillierwrites * Episode 3 will be released on May 4! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!
April 20, 2021
Episode 1: Jenna DeVillier
In this solo episode, I discuss my own querying journey, from discovering NaNoWriMo in 2011, to my current WIP! Discover the inspiration behind my space fantasy (including a weird meaning for my name?), what I'm excited about in my writing life right now, advice for other querying writers, and why I once cried in my car while dressed as Elizabeth Warren. Follow me on social media: Twitter: @jennadevillier Facebook: @jennadevillierwrites Instagram: @jennadevillierwrites Episode 2 will be released on April 20, with my first special guest! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!
April 6, 2021
Welcome to From Spark to Shelf Podcast, a writing podcast that focuses on the journey, not the destination! Hosted by Jenna DeVillier, this bimonthly podcast will include interviews with querying writers where we discuss the dreaded Query Trenches, where authors find their inspiration, and much more. We hope you enjoy!
March 28, 2021