Episodes

Kerry Winfrey

In the 19th episode of Truer Words, we talk with writer Kerry Winfrey about romcoms, making the jump from YA to adult romcoms, and incorporating her obsessions into her books.

Kerry is the author of the YA novels Love and Other Alien Experiences and Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It and the adult romcom Waiting for Tom Hanks.

Find Kerry on Twitter: @kerryann and Instagram: @kerryann. Her website is kerrywinfrey.com.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Just Wright

Rosie’s Theater Kids

U.N.I.T.Y. by Queen Latifah

Billy Wilder’s Rules of Good Filmmaking

Conversations with Billy Wilder (Vanity Fair excerpt here) by Cameron Crowe

Margaret Bechard

Made of Honor - Patrick Dempsey / Michelle Monaghan movie

The Wedding Date - Debra Messing movie

Ghostbusters

How Red, White, and Royal Blue Became the Unlikely Book of Summer

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Last Holiday

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

You’ve Got Mail

Sleepless in Seattle

I’ll Have What She’s Having by Erin Carlson

“Instant Messenger May Be Dead, but You’ve Got Mail is Forever” by Hilary Weaver

A Year of Romcoms tumblr

Meg Cabot

Nora Roberts

You’ve Got Mail walking tour

Cafe Lalo

Boat Basin

Books of Wonder

Colson Whitehead quote from The Colossus of New York

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

Fitzgerald as Screenwriter: No Hollywood Ending

HelloGiggles

Glasstown Entertainment

Lauren Oliver

Lexa Hillyer

"Why is Gen Z Obsessed with The Office?" by Sonia Saraiya

Jen Maschari

Jody Casella

The Book Loft

Tom Hanks and the Great Lakes Theater Festival

Rainbow Rowell

"Real Romance" - Nora Roberts profile in The New Yorker by Lauren Collins

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Holiday

Our interview with Jasmine


Kathryn Benson
Salima Alikhan
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In the 18th episode of Truer Words, we talk with writer and illustrator Salima Alikhan about fairy tales, illustration, and writing historical fiction on a very tight deadline.

Salima is the author of Emmi in the City and the illustrator of many picture books, including Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas and Pieces of Another World.

Find Salima on Twitter: @salimaalikhan and Instagram: @salimaalikhan. Her website is SalimaAlikhan.net.

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Mentioned in this Episode:

SCBWI: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas, by Joe Gribnau and illustrated by Salima

Pieces of Another World by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Salima

Puss in Boots

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Cynthia Leitich-Smith

BookPeople bookstore

Texas Book Festival

Austin Teen Book Festival

Vermont College of Fine Arts

St. Edward’s University

Capstone Publishing

Scholastic “I Survived” series

Lauren Tarshis

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Architecture Tours

Emmi in the City by Salima

Jake Maddox series

Kar-Ben publishers

Feivel’s Flying Horses by Heidi Smith Hyde

Jessie Janowitz

Jessie’s episode of Truer Words

Vincent & Theo by Deborah Heiligmann

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Jacqui Lipton

Fleabag

Parks & Recreation

Stranger Things

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Rick Riordan Presents

Percy Jackson series

 
Kathryn Benson
Jen Doll
Photo by Sarah Shatz

Photo by Sarah Shatz

In the 17th episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with Jen Doll about Sassy magazine, writing and reading advice columns, and her freelance writing career.

Jen is the author of a memoir, Save the Date, a YA novel, Unclaimed Baggage, which is currently being adapted for television. She also has an advice column for WeWork, writes for many publications and is working on her second novel.

Find Jen on Twitter: @thisisjendoll and Instagram: @thisisjendoll. Her website is JenDoll.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner profile in Cosmopolitan by Jen Ortiz

A response to the Taffy profile in Longreads by Soraya Roberts

Roxane Gay’s WealthSimple essay

Sassy Magazine

Scholastic Awards

Jen’s work space

Reader’s Digest

Ella Dawson’s tweet about Jen’s Harper’s story

Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You? by Jen Doll in Harpers Bazaar

Abigail Disney Has More Money Than She’ll Ever Spend by Sarah McVeigh

Make Art, Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

WeWork column

The Real Ramona by Sarah Jaffe

A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

Dear Prudence 

Dear Sugar / Cheryl Strayed


 
Kathryn Benson
Leda Hoffmann
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In the 16th episode of Truer Words, Kathryn talks with Leda Hoffmann about directing theater, the perks and downfalls of freelancing, and niche museums in Texas.

Leda is the artistic director of the Strawdog Theatre Company  in Chicago.

Find Leda on Twitter: @ledahoffmann and Instagram: @ledahoffmann. Her website is ledahoffmann.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Nshona

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

Hadestown

Hadestown director Rachel Chavkin’s Tony speech

The Cat in the Hat

Texas Ranger Museum

New London Texas School Explosion Museum

Stuff You Missed in History Class about the New London Texas School Explosion


 
Kathryn Benson
Molly Backes
Molly and Alfie in their Tulsa Artist Fellowship office

Molly and Alfie in their Tulsa Artist Fellowship office

In the 15th episode of Truer Words, we talk with Molly Backes about fellowship programs, writing in the midwest, and her Twitter-famous dog, Alfie.

Molly is the author of THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA and a 2019 Tulsa Artists fellow.

Find Molly on Twitter: @mollybackes. Her website is mollybackes.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Alliance of Artist Communities

Books are Magic

Little Manhattan

Tirzah Price

Rural YA

School segregation in NYC in the New York Times

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tulsa art article in the New York Times

Wisconsin art fellowship

Cornell College fellowship

Route 66 Museum

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure by Dottie Raymer

Ragdale Foundation residency for artists

The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”- Flannery O’Conner, from Mysteries and Manners: Occasional Prose

Iowa almond milk tweet story

Field of Dreams

Iowa Writers’ Workshop

NaNoWriMo

Candlewick Press

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Alex Awards for adult books with YA crossover appeal

Linda Holmes


Molly’s Route 66 Adventure

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure

Molly visits Tulsa

Molly visits Tulsa

Molly arrives in Oklahoma

Molly arrives in Oklahoma

 
Kathryn Benson