Episode 8: Bianca Turetsky

In the eighth episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with Bianca Turetsky about working for an artist, doing historical research, hunting for vintage fashion, and how to get cheap theater tickets. Plus: how Bianca is DEFINITELY WRITING A THRILLER now.

Bianca is the author of the Time-Traveling Fashionista books and co-author of the upcoming Magic on the Map series with Courtney Sheinmel.

Find Bianca on Twitter: @biancaturetsky and Instagram: @biancaturetsky. Her website is biancaturetsky.com. Magic on the Map #1: Let's Mooove! will be available May 7th from Penguin Random House.

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Show Notes:

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

Writopia Lab

Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival

Minds Matter

Bridge to Terabithia

The Baby-Sitters Club

Sweet Valley Twins

Sweet Valley High

Nancy Drew

Christopher Pike

R.L. Stine

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel

Lucia Aniello in Architectural Digest

Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix

Robin Benway / Robin’s instagram

Steven Kellogg

Rolling Stone

Julian Schnabel

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Before Night Falls

Javier Bardem

Les trésors de les parfums françaises


Sofia Coppola

Marie Antoinette

Titanic exhibit

Great Lakes Science Center

New York Historical Society

Hamilton exhibit at the New York Historical Society


Hamilton app

TDF - Theater Development Fund

Hello, Dolly!





Sandra Suy - illustrator for The Time-Traveling Fashionista

Sandra Suy on Instagram

Children’s animation on the Titanic

Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra

Fashion Plates

Full Fathom Five

James Frey


Radical Candor, by Kim Scott

Writopia Sleepaway Camp

Bug Juice

Courtney Sheinmel

Magic on the Map

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Everything I Never Told You

Tana French

The Met Gala

Ocean’s 8

FIT Museum

Isla Fisher

Marge in Charge

Hollywood’s Eve by Lili Anolik

Seduction by Karina Longworth

You Must Remember This - Karina Longworth’s podcast

Ecuador Service Trip with Writopia

Kathryn Benson
Episode 7: Ally Condie
Kathryn Benson
Episode 6: Jasmine Guillory

In the sixth episode of Truer Words, we focus on romance novels! We also include some housekeeping notes, including that we are moving to an every-other-week publishing schedule moving forward.

Then we talk to author Jasmine Guillory! Jasmine is the author of the wildly popular romance novels, The Wedding Date and The Proposal, along with the upcoming The Wedding Party and future novels yet to be written.

Find Jasmine on Twitter: @thebestjasmine and Instagram: @jasminepics. Her website is JasmineGuillory.com.

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Show Notes:

The Worst Bestsellers Podcast / @worstbestseller

Kathryn’s episodes of The Worst Bestsellers:

Episode 117: Year One

Episode 28: Black Hills

The Sauce Podcast / @saucepodcast

Melissa’s All I Wanna Do essay

Jasmine on the Today Show!

Reese’s Book Club

Berkley Romance

Tessa Dare

Courtney Milan

Beverly Jenkins

Nora Roberts

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Rachel Fershleiser

Tessa Dare quote that Kathryn mentions

The Ripped Bodice store

The Ripped Bodice Diversity Report

Thinking About Jewish Children’s Literature in a Time of Rising Antisemitism - Katherine Locke


Holly Root, Jasmine’s agent

Holly’s interview on 88 Cups of Tea

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

Intercepted, by Alexa Martin

Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfield

Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Girls of Canby Hall, by Emily Chase

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz

Sherry Thomas

The Hollow of Fear (third book in Lady Sherlock series), by Sherry Thomas

@ThatEricAlper tweet about waking up in 1918

The Agency series, by Y.S. Lee

All You Can Never Know, by Nicole Chung

Unmarriageable, by Soniah Kamal

Pride, by Ibi Zoboi

Judy Blume

Back to the Future series

Kathryn Benson
Episode 5: J. Albert Mann

In the fifth episode of Truer Words, we focus on the challenges of writing historical biographical fiction.

Then we talk to author J. Albert Mann! Jen is the author of the new YA biographical historical fiction WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW, about the early life of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. She is also the author of the Sunny Sweet middle grade series and another historical novel, Scar.

Find Jen on Twitter: @jenannmann and Instagram: @jenniferannmann. Her website is JAlbertMann.com.  

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Show Notes:

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

Scar by J. Albert Mann

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger

My Fight for Birth Control by Margaret Sanger

Woman of Valor by Ellen Chesler

Other books by Margaret Sanger

Planned Parenthood

Racism, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights by Angela Davis

Surprise! The ERA is back!

Jennifer K. Mann

People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Highlights Magazine

Kerry Sparks, literary agent

Kirby Larson

Unpresidented by Martha Brockenbrough

Eugene V. Debs

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Just As I Thought by Grace Paley

Monica Hesse

Ruta Sepetys

Amanda West Lewis

Rachel Syme on Twitter

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Eloquent Rage by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

My Life As a Goddess by Guy Branum

We Need Diverse Books

Ellen Oh

Kathryn Benson
Special Episode: Our 2019 Goals
Kathryn Benson