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DIY MFA Radio Episode 111: Writing Middle Grade Fiction – Interview with Erin Petti

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Erin Petti about her debut novel, The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee. They discuss the most important aspects of writing middle grade series and how to build a setting that feels real by using the experiences you have in everyday, real-life places. They discuss the importance of diversity in books for young people. And Petti shares what it’s like being a debut author: the challenges, surprises, and fun parts. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/111

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5 Podcasts That Will Drive Book Lovers Wild

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The Metro-North train to New York City is squealing atop a bridge as I flip restlessly through my iPhone. I’m on the way to The Matthew Corozine Acting Studio in Manhattan to perform in the end-of-the-year showcase. And I’m doing everything in my power to stop the retching nerves throbbing in my gut. I decide what I really need is a good story, a quick one-off to take my mind off things. I start looking for podcasts. There’s a smattering of paranormal tales, some comedy, and children’s bedtime stories, but none of them satisfy my longing to be completely distracted from myself. After a little more digging and some search-term modification, I end up tapping into a world that completely…

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A man walks into a bar but the Girl is Gone

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It’s no surprise that Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel Gone Girl will be reborn as a movie, due out in October of 2014. The source material is so morbidly cinematic, director David Fincher (who recently adapted Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) could hardly decline. However, readers are now learning of an alternate ending, conceived of and written by Flynn herself. Should it come as any surprise, given the disparity between literature and film? All stories follow the same dramatic arc, whether the narrative takes the form of a book, a movie, or even a joke. For example: a man walks into a restaurant (Situation) with a duck on his head (Conflict). The waiter brings him a menu and…

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