25! 25! 25 episodes of the podcast. Day-um. That went by kind of fast. Thanks so much for helping me make this a success, and for your patience during summer hiatus. Your reward is this conversation with Matt de la Peña, author of four novels for young adults (and a 5th coming very soon), one for middle grade, and an award-winning picture book. Matt and I discuss, among other things, how many drafts The Living took, writing for money, the Ball Don’t Lie TV show that never was, and how cats are sabotaging your writing life.
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The Living comes out in November. Kirkus gave it a starred review, and said, “a harrowing, exhilarating ride right up to the cliffhanger ending. Relax: A sequel’s on the way.” Phew!
The Infinity Ring - more about the whole series
We also talked about low-res MFA programs that have specific tracks for writing for young people. I am currently on faculty at Lesley University, which is now taking applications for spring 2014. Check it out.