Host & Guest
Wendelin Van Draanen
Kathleen Kaiser &
About This Episode
On Navigating the Publishing World
Discover what sets Wendelin Van Draanen apart on this episode of Talking Book Publishing. We sit down with the accomplished YA Author as she shares her incredible journey of publishing more than thirty books and offers invaluable insights. The conversation delves into crafting captivating narratives and navigating the ever-evolving landscape of the publishing industry. She reflects on her journey, emphasizing the importance of perseverance and continuous improvement for aspiring writers. Her words of wisdom will inspire you to embrace your passion for writing and navigate the complex terrain of the publishing world.
As a distinguished author and an industry insider, Wendelin brings a unique perspective to Talking Book Publishing. Her wisdom and passion for the craft shine through as she discusses the intricacies of traditional publishing, the impact of social media, and the essential author-editor relationship. Wendelin Van Draanen’s insights will pique your interest and provide a wealth of knowledge to enhance your writing and publishing journey. Please join us in this engaging episode as we explore the heart of storytelling.
About our guest
Wendelin Van Draanen
Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series—often called “The new Nancy Drew”—and wrote Flipped, which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by School Library Journal and became a Warner Brothers feature film, with Rob Reiner directing.
Van Draanen’s latest novel, The Peach Rebellion, explores the lives and loves of three young women who come from completely different backgrounds and join forces to take a stand against the patriarchy.
Her other stand-alone titles include Wild Bird, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy,and The Running Dream, which was awarded American Library Association’s Schneider Family Award for its “expression of the disability experience.”
Van Draanen has also created two four-book series for younger readers. The Shreddermanbooks feature a boy who deals with a bully and received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit,” and was made into a Nickelodeon movie. The related Gecko & Sticky books, which are full of alluring alliterations that make for rousing read-alouds, are perfect for reluctant readers.
A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen resides in California where she can be spotted riding shopping carts across parking lots. She and her husband, Mark Parsons, have two sons and enjoy the three R’s: Reading, Running, and Rock’n’Roll.
From the author of The Running Dream comes a heart-swelling historical tale of friendship, family, and the power of sisterhood to help heal the wounds of the past and step boldly into the future.
Ginny Rose and Peggy were best friends at seven, picking peaches on hot summer days. Peggy’s family owned the farm, and Ginny Rose’s were pickers, escaping the Oklahoma dust storms. That didn’t matter to them then, but now, ten years, hard miles, and a world war later, Ginny Rose’s family is back in town, and their differences feel somehow starker. Especially since Peggy’s new best friend, Lisette, is a wealthy banker’s daughter.
Still, there’s no denying what all three girls have in common: Families with great fissures that are about to break wide open. And a determination to not just accept things as they are anymore.
This summer they will each make a stand. It’s a season of secrets revealed. Of daring plans to heal old wounds. Of hearts won and hearts broken. A summer when everything changes because you’re seventeen, and it’s time to be bold. And because it’s easier to be brave with a true friend by your side.
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