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Write Or Die Podcast

By Claribel A. Ortega & Kat Cho
The Write or Die Podcast shares the real stories about what it takes to become an author – the gritty, infuriating, pull your hair out because it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream. It’s hosted by authors Claribel A. Ortega and Kat Cho and releases every other Monday!
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S3 E12: Emily XR Pan & Nova Ren Suma & The Right Debut Book
Claribel and Kat look back on how far they’ve come since they first met in 2016 and how their goals for their author careers and writing has changed in 5 years. Then they talk with NYT Bestselling authors and co-founders of the FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology about how they became friends and came up with the idea for Foreshadow and advice for new authors trying to start a career and find their voice! Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and lives on Lenape land in Brooklyn, New York. Nova Ren Suma is the author of A Room Away from the Wolves and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, both finalists for an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She also wrote the novels Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, and Dani Noir and is co-editor of the story & writing craft anthology FORESHADOW: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading & Writing YA. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, spent most of her adult life in New York City, and now lives in Philadelphia. Follow Nova Online: Website | Twitter | Instagram Follow Emily Online: Website | Twitter | Instagram Mentions: Foreshadow Claribel’s Foreshadow Short Story: Remember Order Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA Emily’s Fashion suggestions: Holy Voids Sophie Reaptress Nuit Clothing Atelier Nova Ren’s Bookstore suggestions: Head House Books The Golden Notebook Oblong Books & Music Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram Write or Die Podcast Website
1:20:55
January 25, 2021
S3 E11: Claribel & Kat & Words Matter
Claribel and Kat discuss some current events and how they’re coping. As well as how powerful words can be, and how important it is for us to take responsibility for them. Mentions: Sunrise Movement Claribel TikTok Kat TikTok Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok  Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
46:08
January 11, 2021
S3 E10: Claribel & Kat & End-of-the-Year Check-In
Claribel and Kat discuss 2020, what it was like for Claribel to debut this year, and some trends they’ve noticed in the community. Plus, they discuss methods to try to allow for self-care and positivity in your life as potential coping mechanisms when going through a hard time. And how to cultivate better work habits for themselves as full-time writers. Mentions: Claribel’s GMA appearance Read Free Hexel DVCon DivBookFest Romance is a Bonus Book W: Two Worlds Boys over Flowers Mystic Pop Up Bar Spinning Silver To Kill a Kingdom Magic for Liars The Gravity of Us Be Dazzled All of Us Villains Silence of Bones These Violent Delights Stand Up, Yumi Chung Lore Olympus Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:14:02
December 14, 2020
S3 E9: Chloe Gong & Shakespeare’s Ghost is Looking Out For You
Claribel and Kat discuss #PublishingPaidMe and break down why it’s such an important conversation in publishing. Then they interview NYT bestselling debut author, Chloe Gong about These Violent Delights, her Chinese retelling of Romeo and Juliet in historical Shanghai! We discuss how she got into writing (and how writing for herself helped her write a […]
53:18
November 30, 2020
S3 E8: Nikki Barthelmess & Growing With Your Agent
Kat and Claribel talk about virtual events and how to avoid burn out. Then they talk to YA author Nikki Barthelmess about how her life inspired her novels, how she ended up working with her two agents when her original agent’s assistant was promoted and became her agent! Bio:  Nikki Barthelmess is an author of […]
1:05:27
November 16, 2020
S3 E7: Mara Fitzgerald & So Much Wisdom With This Episode
Claribel and Kat discuss why problematic books keep getting published and why the publishing industry has to hold itself accountable beforehand so this stops happening. Then they interview Mara Fitzgerald about her debut YA fantasy, BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL, and how being true to her voice helped her write the book that got her an […]
1:26:14
October 19, 2020
S3 E6: Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher & Please Vote!
Episode Description:  Claribel and Kat discuss how to refill the creative well (especially considering how stressful current events are on the creative mind). Then they interview NYT bestselling author and activist Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new YA novel Sanctuary, making a statement with your art, envisioning a diverse future where we center […]
58:52
October 5, 2020
S3 E5: Alechia Dow & Don’t Ever Lick Your Checks
Episode Description:  This week, Claribel and Kat talk about who to follow on social media to learn more about the industry and writing as well as how to discuss authentic representation with your writer friends or as a sensitivity reader. Then they interview debut sci-fi author Alechia Dow on what it was like writing her […]
1:17:24
September 21, 2020
S3 E4: Alexis Henderson & A Fear Factor of Seven
Claribel & Kat discuss IP (Intellectual Property) and recent Twitter discourse. Then they interview fantasy horror author, Alexis Henderson, about her debut novel The Year of the Witching, what it was like going on sub as a crossover YA/Adult and what went into her decision to go with an adult imprint over YA. And we […]
52:32
September 8, 2020
S3 E3: Janella Angeles & Emailing Andrew Lloyd Webber
Episode Description:  Claribel and Kat discuss recent Twitter discourse about sharing good news and professional jealousy. How to deal with these feelings and refer to amazing advice from Holly Black’s WorD episode about jealousy! Then they talk to Janella Angeles about her debut Where Dreams Descend, what it feels like to pick yourself up after […]
1:38:34
August 24, 2020
S3 E2: Shveta Thakrar & I Thought Office Jobs Would be Like TV
Episode Description:  Claribel and Kat talk about the rising discussions of diversity in publishing (both in the talent and behind-the-scenes) and how these aren’t new talks but they’re finally being taken more seriously and how it’s felt being constantly dismissed as POC in the industry (plus some Anti-Racist Resources). Then they talk to the wonderful […]
53:38
August 10, 2020
S3 E1: Claribel, Kat & What We Did on Summer Break!
Episode Description:  Our Season 3 premiere! We discuss what we’ve been up to this summer and our new podcast format! Mentions:   Claribel’s Twitch  Claribel on Good Morning America WorD Patreon: www.patreon.com/writeordiepodcast Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter| Instagram | […]
34:18
August 3, 2020
S2 E27: Natasha Diaz & Bat Mixedvah
Claribel and Kat chat about submission and how lonely it can feel. And then they talk to Natasha Diaz about her writing journey from college to writing for a start-up production company to debuting last year with her novel, Color Me In. Bio:  Natasha Díaz is a born and raised New Yorker, currently residing in […]
1:19:27
May 25, 2020
S2 E26: Rachel Stuhler & Christmas Magic Every Ten Pages
Today Kat & Claribel discuss virtual online book events and festivals & Claribel’s new K-drama journey! Plus they interview the amazing writer, Rachel Stuhler, and talk about how she got into writing screenplays for Hallmark and Lifetime and her book Absolutely True Lies! Bio: Rachel Stuhler hails from Rochester, NY, the home of the hot […]
1:10:38
May 18, 2020
S2 E25: justin a. reynolds & When the Tables Have Turned
Claribel & Kat discuss current events in publishing including their feelings about the new Twilight novel. And when and how to reach out to an agent’s clients. Then they interview justin a. reynolds, the author of the acclaimed debut novel, Opposite of Always, and the upcoming Early Departures. They discuss his publishing journey and how […]
1:23:57
May 11, 2020
S2 E24: Write Or Drink (Part 2)
In a continuation of last week, here’s part 2 of Write or Drink!We received a request from a WorDy to do a Q&A while drinking cocktails and we aim to please! So we asked for questions on Patreon, Facebook, and Twitter and ended up recording so much that it became TWO episodes! Follow Claribel Ortega […]
1:09:10
May 4, 2020
S2 E23: Write or Drink (Part 1)
We received a request from a WorDy to do a Q&A while drinking cocktails and we aim to please! So we asked for questions on Patreon, Facebook, and Twitter and ended up recording so much that it will be TWO episodes! Here’s part 1 of Write or Drink! Mentions: Kat’s Word Count Video Follow Claribel […]
32:03
April 27, 2020
S2 E22: June Hur & All We Talk About Is Murder
We answer some AMAs about pre-order campaigns and skin care. Then we interview debut author, June Hur about her YA Historical mystery novel, writing as a diaspora author, and what it feels to debut these days! Bio:  June Hur was born in South Korea, raised in Canada, and studied History and Literature at the University […]
1:00:32
April 20, 2020
S2 E21: Claribel A. Ortega & The Bi-Annual Clickbait
Part Two of Kat’s interview with Claribel about her publishing journey! She talks about GHOST SQUAD, how it feels to debut, her social media presence, and how she build up her community! Bio:  Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes YA & MG fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she’s not busy […]
36:05
April 13, 2020
S2 E20: Claribel Ortega & I'm Expecting a Payoff, Jesus!
For our 2 year anniversary we present the episode you’ve all been waiting for! Kat interviews Claribel about her publishing journey, how she once got catfished, how she got her agent and book deals! Plus Kat and Claribel discuss the reality behind the “YA is dead” conversation that comes up every once in awhile. Bio:  […]
1:14:16
April 6, 2020
S2 E19: Isabel Ibañez & What Did Claribel Want to Say?
Claribel and Kat discuss current events and how things currently happening in publishing might be making some authors feel uncertainty. Then they interview Isabel Ibañez about her path to publication and how she came up with the very personal topic of her debut novel, Woven in Moonlight, inspired by recent Bolivian events and her family’s […]
1:11:09
March 16, 2020
S2 E18: Victoria Lee & A Write Or Die Exclusive Secret
We talk about the financial reality of becoming a writer/author and how writing full-time might not be right for everyone. Then we interview Victoria Lee, the author of The Fever King and The Electric Heir. We discuss what it was like to be traditionally published at a new kind of publisher and what it felt […]
1:27:28
March 9, 2020
S2 E17: Marie Rutkoski and The Personal Is The Most Artistic
In this episode we discuss the dangers of comparison in publishing and we interview the amazing NYT Bestselling author, Marie Rutkoski, about her new book The Midnight Lie and what it feels like writing a book in the same world as a previous series but with a very personal aspect. Bio: Marie Rutkoski is a […]
1:05:11
March 2, 2020
S2 E16: Nafiza Azad & using anger as writing fuel
We answer some more AMA’s including how authors do their own promo and outside insight about Street Teams. Then Kat & Claribel interview Nafiza Azad, the author of Morris Award Finalist Novel, Candle and the Flame. We talk about her experience learning creative writing in school, getting her agent, and what it felt like to […]
1:07:56
February 24, 2020
S2E15: Karuna Riazi & Going Out of Order
Kat and Claribel discuss what it’s like to work on multiple projects at a time and how to meet multiple deadlines. They also interview author Karuna Riazi about debuting with a book packager, querying after you’ve already debuted, and why she decided to go to an MFA program! Bio: Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan.Besides pursuing a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern.Karuna is fond of tea, baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish, Korean dramas, and writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies. She is the author of The Gauntlet and The Battle. Mentions: Follow Karuna: Twitter | Website #yesallwomen Salaam Reads Hamline MFAC The Gauntlet The Battle Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:00:57
February 17, 2020
S2E14: Barbara Poelle & Poelling it
Claribel and Kat answer some AMA’s (including talking about their skincare routine!) They also interview the amazingly funny literary agent Barbara Poelle about her past as a stand-up comic, her life as a literary agent, how to live life with humility and humor, and rage push-ups. Follow Barbara: Website | Twitter Mentions: WBP Questions to ask Agents Cerave Cetaphil Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum Innisfree Orchid line Mamonde Rose Water Toner Ole Henriksen C-Rush™ Brightening Double Crème Missha Sunstick The Face Shop Sunstick Klairs Supple Preparation Toner Writer’s Block Party Blog post about making writing friends part 1 and part 2 Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Publishing Industry Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok
1:08:39
February 10, 2020
S2E13: Quressa Robinson & All her inbox secrets
Claribel and Kat discuss current events including conversations around American Dirt. They also interview Literary Agent Quressa Robinson about her path to becoming an agent, what she thinks the industry should do to provide support to POC, and her MSWL! Follow Quressa: Twitter | Website Mentions: https://blog.leeandlow.com/2020/01/28/2019diversitybaselinesurvey/ Original ‘American Dirt’ review by Myriam Gurba NPR interview about American Dirt ‘American Dirt’ Isn’t Just Bad — Its Best Parts Are Cribbed From Latino Writers by David J Schmidt (Huffington Post) Cummin’s Non-Mexican Crap by David Bowles (Medium) Novels by Mexican and Latinx Authors to read: Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario Across the Wire by Luis Alberto Urrea By the Lake of Sleeping Children by Luis Alberto Urrea A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez SCBWI events/workshops Nelson Literary Agency Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:00:30
February 3, 2020
S2E12: Ronni Davis & Sims or Die
Kat & Claribel talk about what *not* to do when you get a bad review. Ronni Davis joins us to talk about her publishing journey, how publishing has changed in the past decade, how publishing is part of the entertainment industry, and writing black girls who get to be the romantic lead getting their Happily Ever After. Mslexia link: www.exacteditions.com/mslexia Use code WRITEORDIE20 at checkout for 20% off! Bio: Ronni Davis grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she tried her best to fit in—and failed miserably. Now she lives in Chicago with her husband Adam and her son Aidan. By day she copy edits everything from TV commercials to billboards, and by night she writes contemporary teen novels about brown girls falling in love. When she’s not writing, you can catch her playing the Sims, eating too much candy, or planning her next trip to Disney World. Her debut novel, WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU, is out with Little Brown Books for Young Readers Follow Ronni Davis: Website | Twitter | Instagram Mentions: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon  We Need Diverse Books  Cambion Chronicles Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:05:42
January 27, 2020
S2E11: Amanda Foody & Selfies of Readers Crying
Claribel and Kat talk about New Year’s Resolutions and Claribel explains her postcard method! Plus we talk to Amanda Foody about her publishing journey, having multiple agents and her thoughts about debuting with a Middle Grade after writing multiple books in Young Adult. About Amanda Foody: Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean. Her books include Daughter of the Burning City, Ace of Shades and King of Fools. The next installment of The Shadow Game series, Queen of Volts, releases on September 1, 2020. Her Middle Grade debut The Accidental Apprentice (the first in her new Wilderlore series) comes out Spring 2021 Margaret K McElderry Books at Simon & Schuster! Follow Amanda Foody online : Website | Instagram | Twitter Podcast Mentions: DivBookFest DivBookFest GoFundMe Daughter of the Burning City Ace of Shades Queen of Volts The Accidental Apprentice Boston Teen Author Festival “Anything that matters to you, you can make it matter again even after you’ve shelved it. You can always come back to something.” — Amanda Foody Mslexia link: www.exacteditions.com/mslexia Use code WRITEORDIE20 at checkout for 20% off! Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com
1:15:08
January 20, 2020
S2E10: Holiday Special 2019
In this holiday special episode we talk about end of the year reflections, the dreaded end of the year blues, look back on where the podcast started and read emails from listeners about Write or Die! Podcast Mentions:  The Write Stuff Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-write-stuff/id1113762043 88 Cups of Tea Podcast http://88cupsoftea.com/ Minorities in Publishing Podcast https://minoritiesinpublishing.tumblr.com/ Pubcrawl Podcast https://www.publishingcrawl.com/category/pubcrawl-podcast/ Frizzy Graphic Novel https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47906920-rizos Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
52:51
December 9, 2019
S2E9: Ryan La Sala & Bedazzling Your Eggs
This week, Kat & Claribel discuss social anxiety at book events plus we bring back Ryan La Sala to talk about what’s changed in his life since he’s announced his book deal and how he uses videos, fashion, and bedazzled eggs to build his social media presence! Bio: Ryan La Sala is a fantasy writer rooted in the northeast United States. His first book, REVERIE, is a YA fantasy due for publication with Sourcebooks FIRE on December 3, 2019. It’s about what happens when your dreams chase you back, and yes it has a drag queen sorceress as the villain. You can find out more about REVERIE on Ryan’s site here (including where to order!), or you can check out reviews/info on Goodreads, here. Follow Ryan La Sala Twitter | Instagram http://www.ryanlasala.com/reverie/ Podcast Mentions: Beth Phelan https://twitter.com/beth_phelan #Dvpit http://www.dvpit.com/ https://www.thenerddaily.com/ryan-la-sala-author-interview/ The Right to Bear Arms, a Betsy DeVos Fanfiction Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram 
1:08:11
December 2, 2019
S2E7: Amanda Joy & You Have to Gas Yourself Up
This week, we answer listener questions and talk to DVPit alum and author of A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD, Amanda Joy about what it’s like going to auction & having a following on bookstagram before becoming an author ! Bio: Amanda Joy’s unending love of fantasy and children’s literature was sparked when her father gifted her a set of the Chronicles of Narnia. Years later, her older brother gave her the Wheel of Time series, which went on to inspire her to create her own worlds. Amanda has an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, and lives in Chicago with her dog Luna. Her debut novel A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD is out now. Follow Amanda Joy: Instagram | Twitter https://www.amandajoywrites.com/ Podcast Mentions: Beth Phelan https://twitter.com/beth_phelan #DVPit http://www.dvpit.com/ Wheel of time Chronicles of Narnia Mslexia link: www.exacteditions.com/mslexia Use code WRITEORDIE20 at checkout for 20% off!
1:03:08
November 18, 2019
S2E7: Melissa de la Cruz & Look Where the Bench is Now
In this week’s episode Kat and Claribel talk about taking on IP projects versus working on your original ideas PLUS an interview with bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz where we chat about genre jumping, an editor lunch that led to a rejection and her new novel THE BIRTHDAY GIRL! About Melissa: Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her more than thirty books have also topped the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in over twenty countries. In addition to her literary work, Melissa is the co-founder of YALLWEST, and the co-director of YALLFEST, two of the largest teen book festivals in the country. She is also on the Advisory Board of Facing History, which reaches five million school children nationwide with a curriculum devoted to teaching empathy and social justice.  Melissa de la Cruz lives in West Hollywood, California with her husband and daughter. Follow Melissa online: website: melissa-delacruz.com twitter: https://twitter.com/Melissadelacruz instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormelissadelacruz/ BUY THE BIRTHDAY GIRL Podcast mentions: Pubcrawl Podcast Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
48:13
November 11, 2019
S2E6: Axie Oh & 90s Kpop
This week Kat & Claribel talk to Axie Oh, the New Visions Award winning author of Rebel Seoul & Rogue Heart! Axie discusses submitting to the New Visions contest, MFA programs, and the experience of writing her own heritage into her novels! Plus lots of k-pop fangirling! About Axie Oh: Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and holds an MFA from Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro. Podcast Mentions: Rebel Seoul Rogue Heart Round table writers block party  New Visions award Lesley MFA in creative writing Follow Axie online: Twitter | Instagram www.axieoh.com
59:08
November 4, 2019
Ghostober S2 E4: Ellen Oh & Staring at Your Inbox
This week, Claribel and Kat talk about Frankfurt and what goes on at one of the most important events in the book world plus an interview with the legendary Ellen Oh where she dishes about writing creepy middle grade, social media, and her new book The Dragon Egg Princess. About Ellen: Ellen Oh is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. She is the author of the middle grade novel The Spirit Hunters, Spirit Hunters: The Island of Monsters, and the YA fantasy trilogy The Prophecy Series. Originally from New York City, Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. Follow Ellen online: Tumblr | Instagram | Website Buy Ellen’s books Podcast Mentions: CCBC 2017 Multicultural Statistics: http://ccblogc.blogspot.com/2018/02/ccbc-2017-multicultural-statistics.html THE DIVERSITY GAP IN CHILDREN’S BOOK PUBLISHING, 2018: https://blog.leeandlow.com/2018/05/10/the-diversity-gap-in-childrens-book-publishing-2018/ “When you’re used to privilege, Equality feels like oppression.” (uncredited, https://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/10/24/privilege/) https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062091093/prophecy/ Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:08:45
October 28, 2019
Ghostober S2 E3: Kerri Maniscalco & The Zombie Prep School
This week, we talk about hyping yourself at book events and conferences and interview NYT Bestselling author, Kerri Maniscalco about her new book Kingdom of the Wicked, serial killers and being a murderino! About Kerri: Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked. Podcast Mentions: Ryan LaSala Justin A. Reynolds Catacombe dei Cappuccini The Devil In the White City  Follow Kerri online: website|Twitter |Instagram Buy her books! Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:04:20
October 21, 2019
Ghostober S2 E2: Christine Lynn Herman & There’s Something In the Woods
This week we talk about the agent author relationship plus an interview with author of The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman where she dishes about The Sims, her publishing & Pitch Wars journey and how she got through one of the darkest times in her life. About Christine: Born in New York City but raised around the world, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. ​Her debut YA novel, THE DEVOURING GRAY, was an Indies Introduce and Indie Next Top Ten Pick. It is available now from Disney-Hyperion (US) and Titan Books (UK), with a sequel to follow in 2020. Follow Christine online: Twitter | Instagram | Website Buy The Devouring Gray! Podcast Mentions: Pitchwars – https://pitchwars.org/ Pitmad – https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/ https://www.powells.com/post/original-essays/into-the-gray Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:35:40
October 14, 2019
GHOSTOBER S2 E1: Leigh Bardugo & Michelle’s Couch
This week, Claribel and Kat talk all about being on submission and the dangers of judging authors based on their perceived standing in the publishing world. PLUS we talk to THE LEIGH BARDUGO about her publishing journey, the new Shadow and Bone series, interacting with fandom and her new adult book, Ninth House! About Leigh: Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter. Pick up Ninth House! Follow Leigh online : Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Podcast Mentions: Ghostober Episode 4: S. Jae-Jones & Who Are You Romancing? Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:46:56
October 7, 2019
S2E5: Michael Mammay & Claribel’s Terrible 1st Draft
This week we talk about Twitter burn out, finding balance with social media and interview adult military Sci-Fi author Michael Mammay who drags Claribel’s first drafts and talks about starting your writing career after a whole other career! About Michael: Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and he currently teaches American literature. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut novel, Planetside came out in July, 2018, and was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2018. The audio book, narrated by RC Bray, was nominated for an Audie award. The sequel, Spaceside, hit the shelves on August 27th, 2019. Michael lives with his wife in Georgia. Follow Michael Online: Twitter | Website  Podcast Mentions: @blondewithab00k | Follow her on Youtube!  Sample Will for Intellectual Property Dan Koboldt  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:28:10
September 30, 2019
S2E4: Jim McCarthy Rejected Both of Us
This week Kat breaks down her debut experience and we talk to literary agent Jim McCarthy who takes us on a day in the life of a literary agent and answers your questions! About Jim: Jim McCarthy interned for Dystel, Goderich & Bourret while studying urban design at New York University. Upon graduating, Jim realized he would much rather continue working with books than make the jump (as he had originally intended) to the field of city planning. Eighteen years later, he remains at DG&B as a VP and agent. As an avid fiction reader, his interests encompass both literary and commercial works in the adult, young adult, and middle grade categories. He is particularly interested in literary fiction, underrepresented voices, fantasy, mysteries, romance, anything unusual or unexpected, and any book that makes him cry or laugh out loud. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction whether it be memoir, historical, science, pop culture, or just a darn good polemic. Submissions Guidelines  Follow Jim on Twitter  Mentions: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh Jenny Han  Swati Teerdhala  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:17:01
September 23, 2019
S2E3: Rebecca Kuss & What The Heck Does a Scout Do?
In this week’s episode we talk publishing trends with former scout and current editor Rebecca Kuss, plus trusting the timing of your own writing journey. Please note this episode was recorded in April 2019. About Rebecca: A lover of hush puppies, Claudia Kishi, and Nora Ephron movies, Rebecca Kuss was born to a Korean mother and Jewish father in the heart of the south. She attended the University of Wisconsin, where her parents thought she was pre-med, but where she actually spent the majority of her time getting lost in the library stacks. She has a master’s degree in children’s and young adult literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on race and representation and her thesis was an in-depth exploration of the publishing industry’s #ownvoices movement. Previously the Co-Director of children’s book scouting with Maria B Campbell Associates, Rebecca now champions diverse and marginalized voices as an Associate Editor and the Director of Recruitment & Acquisitions with Glasstown Entertainment, an all-female creative development and production company. Follow Rebecca online: Twitter Podcast mentions: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor  @LifeinFiction Victoria Aveyard Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:36:03
September 16, 2019
S2E2: Katy Rose Pool & There Will Come a Sequel
On this week’s episode Claribel and Kat talk about having hobbies outside of publishing, the author as a brand and an interview with Katy Rose Pool author of THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS where she talks about her long revision process, becoming friends with Kat and her obsession with Animorphs! About Katy: Katy Rose Pool is a writer living in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, where her screenwriter father taught her about three act structure, characterization, and inciting incidents all before she could tie her shoes. Katy studied history and English at UC Berkeley. She enjoys breakfast sandwiches, fancy cocktails, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and books that set her on fire. Katy is represented by Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners. Her debut novel There Will Come a Darkness is out now from Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan. Buy THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS! Follow Katy online: Twitter | Instagram Podcast mentions: Adam Silvera Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:12:40
September 9, 2019
S2E1: Susan Dennard & #UghJay
In this week’s episode Kat & Claribel talk all about author burn out, taking breaks and what projects they’re currently working on plus an interview with NYT Bestselling author of the Witchlands series, Susan Dennard! Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series, and she also hosts the popular newsletter for writers, the Misfits & Daydreamers. When not writing, she is slaying darkspawn (on her PS4) or earning bruises at the dojo. She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her on her twitter, instagram, or newsletter. Podcast mentions: Tasha Suri EMPIRE OF SAND (2018), Upcoming: REALM OF ASH (Nov. 2019 Get her books! Link: https://tashasuri.com/books/ Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:10:30
September 2, 2019
S1E35: Tiffany D. Jackson & A Handbook for Writers
Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels including the NAACP Image Award-nominated ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, a Walter Dean Myers Honored Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner.She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV/Film experience. The Brooklyn native is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking. Her forthcoming novel, LET ME HEAR A RHYME (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books) releases May 21st, 2019. Order LET ME HEAR A RHYME Follow Tiffany online! Facebook| Twitter | Instagram Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:36:00
May 20, 2019
S1E34: Tara Sim & Just Let Girls Love Their String Cheese Men
Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas. Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Name pronunciation: “tar-ah” (not “terr-ah”). Pre-Order SCAVENGE THE STARS Follow Tara online: Twitter | Instagram |Goodreads Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:02:10
April 30, 2019
S1E33: Joan He & A Slice of Life
I’m horrible at bios so let’s do a fact list instead: As a second-generation Chinese American, I was raised on a diet of Chinese cartoons and dramas. Journey to the West was basically my Sponge Bob. I’m a recent grad of the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in Psychology and minored in East Asian Language and Cultures. Cats and wombats for life. The weirder the story, the better. I should really be sponsored by Starbucks. I am represented by John Cusick of Folio Lit. Follow Joan online: Twitter @joanhewrites | Instagram Buy Joan's Books!  When your book gets called out for being problematic, Part I When your book gets called out for being problematic, Part II Book Friends Forever Podcast
1:24:03
April 15, 2019
S1E31: Elizabeth Lim & Sending Agents Your Diary
Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English. Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and she turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since. Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She grew up in Northern California, with a brief stint in Tokyo, Japan, but now lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter. Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with a degree in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and completed her graduate degrees at The Juilliard School. She is represented by Gina Maccoby of the Gina Maccoby Literary Agency. Follow Elizabeth Online: Twitter @lizlim | https://www.elizabethlim.com/ Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
40:34
April 1, 2019
S1E30: Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta & Passing Out At Your Book Launch
Amy Rose Capetta [she/her] is an author of YA fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery. Her first novel, Entangled, was a BEA Buzz Book and along with a sequel, Unmade, comprises a space duet. Echo After Echo,a queer love story wrapped in a murder mystery and set on Broadway, earned two starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. The Brilliant Death, an Italian-inspired fantasy novel, also received two stars and was a chosen as a JLG selection and a Kirkus Best YA Book of the Year. Upcoming titles: Once & Future (co-written with Cori McCarthy, March 2019), The Lost Coast (May 2019) and The Storm of Life (sequel to The Brilliant Death, Fall 2019). She lives in Vermont with her partner and their young son. Cori McCarthy is the acclaimed author of four young adult novels, as well as a forthcoming coauthored space fantasy duology, a futuristic middle grade series, and a nonfiction picture book about Arab American poet Kahlil Gibran. Kirkus hailed their lyrical science fiction debut The Color of Rain as “an elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Their futuristic thriller Breaking Sky is in development to become a major motion picture, and their contemporary You Were Here combines word art poetry, graphic novel, and prose. Cori lives in Vermont with their partner, YA author Amy Rose Capetta, and young child. Follow Cori on Twitter: @CoriMcCarthy Follow Amy Rose on Twitter: @AmyRoseCapetta  Order Once & Future B&N Amazon Indiebound Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:13:22
March 26, 2019
S1E29: Tehlor Kay Mejia & Tammy from Tim Hortons
Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. When she’s not writing, you can find her plucking at her guitar, stealing rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens, or trying to make the perfect vegan tamale. She is active in the Latinx lit community, and passionate about representation for marginalized teens in media. Her short fiction appears in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies from Inkyard Press, and her debut YA fantasy novel, We Set the Dark on Fire, is out February 26, 2019 from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins with a sequel to follow in 2020. Her middle grade fantasy debut, Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace, is forthcoming from Rick Riordan Presents/Disney Hyperion. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @tehlorkay. Buy Tehlor’s books! Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:37:50
March 19, 2019
S1E28: Helen Hoang & Properly Destroying Your Readers
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish. Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency. Follow Helen online: Twitter | Instagram | Website Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
58:18
February 25, 2019
S1E27: Zoey Castile & This One is Really NSFW
Zoey Castile was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She started writing in her teens and pursued that love in her studies at Hunter College and the University of Montana. For nearly a decade, she worked as a bartender, hostess, and manager in New York City’s nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ZoeyCastile. You can also email her at ZoeyCastile@gmail.com. Buy HIRED here! Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:19:19
February 18, 2019
S1E26: Nina Moreno & It Should’ve Been Joey’s Creek
Southern bruja and sleepy gemini, Nina Moreno was born and raised in Miami until a hurricane sent her family toward the pines of Georgia where she picked up an accent. She’s a proud University of Florida Gator who once had her dream job of shelving books at the library. Inspired by the folklore and stories passed down to her from her Cuban and Colombian family, she now writes about Latinas chasing their dreams, falling in love, and navigating life in the hyphen. She lives by a swamp outside of Orlando where she enjoys listening to carefully curated playlists, hunting through thrift stores, drinking too much Cuban coffee, and walking into the sea every chance she gets. DON’T DATE ROSA SANTOS is her first novel. She is represented by Laura Crockett of TriadaUs. Follow Nina online! • Twitter • Goodreads • Facebook • Las Musas PRE-ORDER DON’T DATE ROSA SANTOS Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:27:51
February 11, 2019
S1E25: Alyssa Cole & The Problem With The Word Smirk
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION was chosen as the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals. She is represnted by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency. Connect with Alyssa online at  https://alyssacole.com/  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:02:16
February 4, 2019
S1E24: Lamar Giles & Puddles Can’t Host Podcasts
Lamar Giles is a well published author and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Lamar has two novels forthcoming in 2019: his debut middle grade fantasy THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER (Versify / HMH) and his fourth YA thriller SPIN (Scholastic). Lamar Giles is a two-time Edgar Award finalist in the YA category, for his debut YA thriller FAKE ID (HarperCollins, 2014), and his second YA thriller, ENDANGERED (HarperCollins, 2015). His third YA thriller, OVERTURNED (Scholastic, 2017) received this glowing New York Times review, and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2017. You can see the book trailer for OVERTURNED here. FAKE ID has been optioned by Sony Pictures (not yet announced). Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
57:27
January 28, 2019
S1E23: Karen M. McManus & The Haunted Airbnb
Karen M. McManus is the author of the young adult thriller One of Us Is Lying, which spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 38 languages worldwide. Her second book, Two Can Keep a Secret, will be released in January 2019.

Karen lives in Massachusetts with her son. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she uses to draft fake news stories for her novels. You can find Karen at @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
40:59
January 21, 2019
2018 Holiday Episode: We Tweet the Most When We’re on Hiatus
Join us for the last Write or Die episode of 2018 where we read your letters about the podcast, talk about imposter syndrome, hyping your friends, unhealthy comparisons, murder and what’s up next for 2019! Thanks for all your support this year!! Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:10:33
December 31, 2018
S1E22: Mason Deaver And There’s Never a Good Time to Go On Sub
Mason Deaver is a non-binary author who lives in Charlotte, NC, where the word ‘y’all’ is used in abundance. Typically, they’re writing incredibly queer stories, but when they decide to take a break, they love gardening and baking. ‘I Wish You All the Best’ is their debut novel. Follow Mason online! Instagram: @mason_ deaver | Twitter: @masondeaver Pre-Order I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
48:28
December 3, 2018
S1E21: Laura Sebastian & The Great Publishing Bake Off
Kat joins Claribel to co-host the podcast for the first time and we interview author Laura Sebastian!  Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully. After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it. When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk. Her debut ASH PRINCESS, the start of a YA fantasy trilogy, released April  24th, 2018 from Delacorte (Random House) and debuted on the NYT Bestseller list. LADY SMOKE, the sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller  that was “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” ( Bustle ), is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. LADY SMOKE is out February 5th, 2019. Follow Laura online! Twitter Instagram Website  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
53:10
November 16, 2018
S1E20: Natasha Ngan & Just Being Glad to Have a Forking Deal
Natasha Ngan is a writer and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger. She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French. She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS are out now from Hot Key Books, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE will be published in October 2018 by Jimmy Patterson/Little Brown (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK). Head on over to the Books page for more info! Natasha is also co-owner of fashion, travel and lifestyle blog Girl in the Lens. Follow Natasha online! Twitter Instagram Facebook Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
26:21
November 9, 2018
S1E19: Samira Ahmed & The Truth About Expiration Dates on Dreams
Born in Bombay India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Samira spent countless hours at the library in her small hometown nestled in an oversized armchair next to an old Victorian fireplace with her nose in an Agatha Christie novel or re-reading Little Women, hoping that Jo would somehow end up with Laurie this time. Samira always loved to write—especially poetry–but never actually dreamed of becoming a writer until she was an adult and an idea for a story captured her imagination and wouldn’t let go. Samira is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and the forthcoming, Internment(March 2019) and Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know (January 2020). These days, Samira lives in Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry. Follow Samira online Twitter @sam_aye_ahm Instagram @sam_aye_ahm Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:05:40
November 2, 2018
Halloween Bonus Episode: Holly Black, Pond Revelations and Weird Stuff!
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Follow Holly Online! Twitter Facebook Tumblr Buy her books! THEY’RE FANTASTIC!  Craft book mentioned in this episode 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
51:14
October 31, 2018
Ghostober E4: S. Jae-Jones & Who Are You Romancing?
S. Jae-Jones was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, where she spent summers on the beach and winters on the slope until she was convinced by Sesame Street (and university) to move to New York City. A native Angelena and a New Yorker at heart, she now lives in Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be find rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes. Follow JJ online! Twitter Facebook Tumblr Instagram http://www.publishingcrawl.com/ Buy WINTERSONG & SHADOWSONG!  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
53:00
October 26, 2018
Ghostober E3: Kat Cho & The Monthly Whale Fight
Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She currently works in NYC as an editorial assistant. Kat’s YA contemporary fantasy debut, WICKED FOX, comes out with Putnam Books for Young Readers/Penguin in 2019. Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
55:27
October 19, 2018
Ghostober E2: India Hill, Karen Strong & The Ghost Sugar Daddy
More about Karen Strong: Born and raised in the rural South, Karen Strong has a passion for writing for kids and teens — focusing on black girls who explore the realms of adventure and mystery with a dash of spooky. Add JUST SOUTH OF HOME on Goodreads! Follow Karen Online! More about India Hill: A 26-year-old Southern Belle who came back down south after living in NYC and working at HBO. My day job is in Social Media, and my passion is writing. I LOVE to write – I’m agented and am working on a couple of fiction projects. I’m a Freelance Writer as well – my words have been in Teen Vogue, Essence, Sesi Mag, and The Everygirl. Add THE FORGOTTEN GIRL on Goodreads! Follow India Online! Join the WRITE OR DIE Community on Facebook!  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
48:05
October 13, 2018
Ghostober E1: Ryan Douglass and The Reverse Advance
Ryan Douglass is an author and freelance writer with a BA from Hofstra University. His debut YA novel, Jake in the Box, is forthcoming from Putnam/Penguin in the Spring of 2020. He lives in Atlanta, GA. Follow Ryan online! Ryan’s website On Twitter @ryandouglassw Add Jake in the Box on Goodreads! Join the WRITE OR DIE Community on Facebook!  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
34:36
October 6, 2018
S1E18: Summer Heacock & The Douche Canoe
Summer Heacock is an author of women's contemporary fiction, mom to two scampy kidlings and wife to an amazingly understanding husband. THE AWKWARD PATH TO GETTING LUCKY (7/25/2017, MIRA) is her debut novel. Follow Summer Online: Twitter: @Fizzygrrl Facebook Goodreads Buy her books!  Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
45:43
September 28, 2018
S1E17: L.L. McKinney & Princess Peach
Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside from rockin’ the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her free time plagued by her cat–Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short–or defending the realm from the enemies of Azeroth. FOR THE HORDE! A BLADE SO BLACK is her debut novel. Follow Elle online! On Twitter Instagram Website Youtube Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
39:02
September 21, 2018
S1E16: Rachel Lynn Solomon & I Definitely Had Unreasonable Expectations
Rachel is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, and red lipstick. In high school, she sang and played keyboard in an all-girl band, and she was once part of a group of people who broke a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. She has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR. Currently she works as a freelance editor. These days, she writes young adult novels about ambitious, complicated, sometimes unlikable girls who are trying their best. Representation: Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency Rachel’s Books: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone Our Year of Maybe Follow Rachel online: On Twitter On Instagram Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
35:40
September 14, 2018
S1E15: Akemi Dawn Bowman and The Worst Book Unboxing
Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of Starfish (a William C. Morris Award Finalist) and Summer Bird Blue (out September 11th, 2018). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from UNLV. Originally from Las Vegas, she currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix.  Buy STARFISH Pre-Order SUMMER BIRD BLUE Add HARLEY IN THE SKY on Goodreads!  Follow Akemi online! http://akemidawnbowman.com/ Twitter: @akemidawn Instagram: @akemidawnbowman/ SFF PIT Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
30:51
August 24, 2018
S1E14: Sonia Hartl & The Hot Santa
Find out how author Sonia Hartl found a literary agent, and a book deal after years of rejection and disappointment. More about Sonia’s upcoming book HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME: Ashley Hearn at Page Street has bought Sonia Hartl’s debut contemporary YA novel, Have a Little Faith in Me, pitched as Firsts meets Saved! When CeCe’s born-again boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp to win him back, though she knows nothing about Christianity. But when he shows up with a new girlfriend—a True Believer—she must face the truth about her feelings, and about the night she lost her virginity. Publication is set for fall 2019; Rebecca Podos at the Rees Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights. Add HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME on Goodreads Follow Sonia online! Twitter: @SoniaHartl1  Website: http://www.soniahartl.com/ Add HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME on Goodreads Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
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August 17, 2018
S1E13: Tochi Onyebuchi & The Red Headed Genre Kid
Tochi Onyebuchi wrote about fifteen books in just as many genres before he found his way to publishing success. Come listen to our chat, learn how his book BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT came to be and more! Follow Tochi Online! Twitter: @TochiTrueStory Preorder CROWN OF THUNDER! Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
43:44
August 3, 2018
S1E12: Suzie Townsend & Ten Questions with a Literary Agent
This week I interview my agent Suzie Townsend and ask her ten listener questions, find out what she’s looking for in her inbox and what to avoid when querying agents! Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She got her start as an intern at FinePrint Literary Management where she was hired as an assistant before making the move to literary agent. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012. Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories. Follow Suzie online! Twitter: @sztownsend81 Tumblr: suzietownsend.tumblr.com/ Instagram:@sztownsend81 Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
49:24
July 27, 2018
S1E11: Rena Barron & The Rise to Pitchwars Stardom
Rena Barron got over twenty revise and resubmits and way more rejections on her road to finding success during Pitch Wars. Find out how she went from the query trenches to having two series deals after ten years of querying and learn more about her young adult fantasy debut THE LAST WITCH DOCTOR and her middle grade MAYA AND THE RISING DARK! Follow Rena Online! Twitter: @renathedreamer Website: renabarron.com Instagram: @renathedreamer Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
34:42
July 20, 2018
S1E10: Jennifer Dugan & Signs from Nicki Minaj
After seven years of false starts and rejections, find out how Jennifer Dugan beat the odds, learned to embrace her bisexual identity in her writing and got a book deal for her upcoming debut, HOT DOG GIRL! Follow Jennifer online! Add Hot Dog Girl to Goodreads! Twitter: @JL_Dugan DVpit https://absolutewrite.com/ http://pred-ed.com/ http://pitchwars.org/pitmad/ Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
50:13
July 14, 2018
S1E8: Phil Stamper & The Not So Secret Zelda Fan Fic
Join me and this week’s guest Phil Stamper as we talk Zelda fan fic, leaving your first agent, taking down Lani Sarem and his upcoming debut THE GRAVITY OF US! Follow Phil on social media! https://www.wattpad.com/user/stampepk https://philstamper.com/ Twitter: @stampepk Facebook: @authorphilstamper Instagram: @stampepk Goodreads: @philstamper Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
42:46
June 22, 2018
S1E7: Roselle Lim & The Weird Celebratory Spring Rolls
Roselle Lim wrote seven manuscripts before she felt ready to query but when she finally did, publishing took her on a roller coaster ride to hell. Find out how she queried over two hundred agents and then went on to sell her debut NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE at auction to Penguin/Berkley! Follow Roselle online! Add Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune on Goodreads!  Roselle’s Twitter Roselle’s Instagram www.rosellelim.com/ Brenda Drake DVPIT Follow Beth on Twitter Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
35:11
June 15, 2018
S1E6: Zoraida Córdova & The Deadline Dilemma
BRUJA BORN is out June 5th but before Zoraida Córdova found success writing about witches, she had to traverse publishing in the days before We Need Diverse Books and deal with frustrating rejections. Listen to her journey here (she’s written SO MANY BOOKS OMGOSH) and get a Write or Die exclusive about a secret middle grade project! Links: Zoraida Córdova’s Website Follow Zoraida on Twitter Zoraida’s Instagram Get the Brooklyn Brujas Series!  BELLES & BRUJAS TOUR Victoria Schwab Dhonielle Clayton WNDB Cake Literary Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
56:38
June 1, 2018
S1E5: Mark Oshiro & The Ghosting Agent
Mark Oshiro’s book ANGER IS A GIFT came out this week from TOR TEEN but before he had a publishing deal & a great agent, he had to revise an entire book on a flight, overcome an agent disappearing on him and crush a complete overhaul and genre change of his novel. Hear his story and listen to me laugh way too much in this week’s episode! Please remember to subscribe and leave me a review!!! Buy ANGER IS A GIFT!  Follow Mark on Social Media: Twitter Website Youtube Mark Does Stuff Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
57:46
May 25, 2018
S1E4: Ryan La Sala‏ & The Thirst Trap Legacy
Ryan La Sala recently announced a two book deal including his 2019 YA debut REVERIE! Find out how he queried and got a book deal all while dealing with a chronic illness. PLUS learn some exclusive info about his second book coming from Sourcebooks! Links: Add Reverie on Goodreads!  Ryan’s Website  Follow Ryan on Twitter   Follow Ryan on Instagram Follow Kosoko Jackson on Twitter Ryan’s Sailor Moon Fan Fic Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
38:17
May 18, 2018
S1E3: Julie C. Dao‏ & The Secret Harry Potter Fan Fic
After years of rejection and almost giving up, to a success story that’s good enough to be a fairytale, Julie C. Dao‏ shares her uphill climb to getting one of my favorite YA books FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS published. Links: juliedao.com Follow Julie on Twitter  FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS Pre-Order KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX  Pumpkin Patch Princess Pitch Wars Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community!  For anyone wondering who the mysterious Patrice is we talk about around the 38 minute mark Patrice Caldwell is definitely someone you should be following! Follow her! 
49:21
May 11, 2018
S1E2: Isabel Sterling & The Super Nerdy Mom Joke Wrapped In Cat Hair
Find out how author Isabel Sterling got a deal for her witchy book series despite parting ways with her first agent, writing a buttload of books that went nowhere and almost losing all hope! Oh and her dog ate all her socks. WTF! Links: Follow Isabel on Twitter  Isabelsterling.com  Add THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN to Goodreads Dear Martin Nic Stone Long Way Down Jason Reynolds American Panda Gloria Chao Unspoken Sarah Rees Brennan Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
1:04:43
April 27, 2018
S1E1: Daniel José Older & The Actual Motherf’ing Biggest Children’s Publisher in the Galaxy
Find out how author Daniel José Older got his start in publishing and how he overcame rejection to become a New York Times Bestselling author and overall badass.  Please remember to subscribe and leave me a review! It helps!!  Links: Sierra Santiago and the Invisible City http://danieljoseolder.net/ Follow Daniel Twitter  Pre-Order Dactyl Hill Squad Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
41:55
April 20, 2018
WRITE OR DIE: Episode Zero
Welcome to episode zero of The write or die podcast , a podcast that’s going to give you a real, unfiltered look behind the curtain of publishing. So many of the stories we hear are about the authors who are “overnight successes” but I wanted to highlight the stories that I hear every day from people in the community – writers who struggled to get an agent, to get their stories noticed or sold to a publisher, who almost gave up but didn’t. Being an author is hard, and it can also be very lonely but I’m here to let you know you’re NOT alone and that the struggle you’re enduring right now to reach your goal, is a lot more common than you think and believe it or not, it can definitely lead to success. I’ll be sharing stories and interviews with published and agented authors, giving you writing advice and even answering your burning anonymous questions, on the air. Subscribe to the Write or Die Podcast now and be sure to follow me on Twitter @Claribel_Ortega for more info and to be the first to know when episode one drops, this summer. Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok Order WICKED FOX! Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX) Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads www.katchowrites.com Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram  Write or Die Podcast Website Join our WorDie community! 
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March 8, 2018