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DIY MFA Radio Episode 154: Interview with Sarah Dessen — Writing from Your Heart and Soul

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews bestselling author Sarah Dessen about her latest contemporary YA novel, Once and For All. Sarah’s novels are known for showing what life as a teenager is really like, and her latest novel is no exception as it shines a light into the darker areas of teenage love and heartbreak. In this interview, Sarah takes us behind the scenes of her writing process to show us how she crafts a balance between light and dark in her novels and how even with thirteen books she still faces many challenges of writing. For more detailed show notes: DIYMFA.com/154.


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Beth Wasko is a lover of all things books, TV, movies and music. She’s obsessed with traveling, photography and scrapbooking. When she’s not at her day job, she’s catching up on the latest “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” news (read: drama!). Known as “The Real G.G. [Gossip Girl]” by her nearest and dearest, this former New York City gal is always looking for the next new adventure, even if it means it’s within the pages of a novel.

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