First Draft: Behind the Podcast
From July 1 to Sept. 5, I drove more than 6,000 miles and recorded more than 40 interviews with authors for what has become the First Draft podcast series. It was a lemonade-from-lemons desperation project, and one of the most insane things I’ve ever done. Though my hopes were sky-high (a life-changing road trip of staggering importance!), it exceeded expectations.
Many forces converged to make a great escape palatable: My marriage took a southward turn; after a couple close calls, my book did not sell; my day job is still a typical, dull day job; and I realized that being 3,000 miles away from my family and the Pacific Ocean for six years had taken a big toll on my happiness.
So I decided to do something that would shake up every corner of my life.
YA Author Directory
We’ve just updated our list of YA authors on Tumblr!
If you’re an author who would like to be added, send us an email at yahighway at gmail dot com. And if you spot someone we left out, send us a note or an ask or a tweet or whatever other mode of communication floats your boat.
Except for phone calls. Never phone calls. *shudder*
It’s been awhile since we’ve updated this list — if you want to be listed, let us know! And if you just want to follow some individual Highwayers, here we are:
former or on hiatus members:
As a young book-devourer, the first “Muslim” YA novel I read was a Jewish one - a Judy Blume. Until that moment, I’d read books with the firm expectation that they should take me away into another world.
To be, for the first time, taken into my own world was eye-opening. There were actually other girls out there who balanced friendships at their synagogues (mosques) with friendships at school? Girls who worried about how much of their Jewish (Muslim) selves they should introduce to their “regular” friends?
I wasn’t the only one who felt like me?— From Jewish (Muslim) to Ms. Marvel: A Brief Survey of YA with Muslim Characters, by Sajidah