Episodes

Episode 10: Julia Kelly
JuliaKelly.jpeg

In the 10th episode of Truer Words, Kathryn talks with author Julia Kelly about writing romance and historical fiction, how a writing career can complement a day job with transferable skills, and how to move to London (tip: have a British mom).

Julia is the author of several romance and historical fiction novels and co-host of the podcast, You’re Never Going to Read This.

Find Julia on Twitter: @the_julia_kelly and Instagram: @juliakellywrites. Her website is juliakellywrites.com.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher.

Show Notes:

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

The Light Over London by Julia

The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series by Julia

Alexis Anne

Alexandra Haughton

Audra North

One Week in Wyoming

One Week in Hawaii

You’re Never Going to Read This - Julia’s podcast with her sister

The Martian by Andy Weir

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

About Truer Words:

Truer Words is created and produced by Melissa Baumgart and Kathryn Benson. Our music was composed by Mike Sayre, and our logo was designed by Marianne Murphy.

You can follow us on Twitter @truerwordspod and on Instagram @truerwordspodcast.

 
Kathryn Benson
Episode 9: Christina Bryza
ChristinaBryza.jpg

In the 9th episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with Christina Bryza about working in journalism and publishing, advocating for herself as an unagented author who also worked at her publisher, and her shift into intuitive work.

Christina is the author of the picture book parody, ARE YOU MY BOYFRIEND?

Find Christina on Twitter: @christinabeane and Instagram: @christinabeane. Her website is christinabryza.com.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

Show Notes:

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

The Artist’s Way

Julia Cameron

A recent profile of Julia Cameron in NYTimes

The Daily Northwestern

How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan

Medill diplomas misspelled

The Wizard of Oz

Popular Science

Parenting Magazine

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Are You My Boyfriend?

Are You My Mother?

Urban Outfitters

Pretty is the kid-safe “sexy”

Spiritual Mechanic - Erin-Ashley Kerti

Glo.com meditation

Christina’s website (you can sign up for #ThankYouThursday here)

 
Kathryn Benson
Episode 8: Bianca Turetsky
Bianca.JPG

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.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

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

Versailles

Sofia Coppola

Marie Antoinette

Titanic exhibit

Great Lakes Science Center

New York Historical Society

Hamilton exhibit at the New York Historical Society

Hamilton

Hamilton app

TDF - Theater Development Fund

Hello, Dolly!

TodayTix

HipTix

LincTix

Twilight

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

Writopia

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
Jasmine.jpg

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.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

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

NaNoWriMo

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
Jenn.jpg

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.  

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

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
Episode 4: Nova Ren Suma
Nova.jpg

In the fourth episode of Truer Words, we focus on balancing writing with other jobs that pay the bills.

Then we talk to one of our personal mentors, Nova Ren Suma! Nova is the New York Times best-selling author of multiple YA novels, including her latest, A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES, THE WALLS AROUND US, and IMAGINARY GIRLS. She is on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program.

Find Nova on Twitter: @novaren and Instagram: @novaren. Her website is novaren.com. She is also the co-founder of the Foreshadow YA anthology, which is on Twitter @foreshadowYA and online at ForeshadowYA.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

Show Notes:

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

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work edited by Mason Currey

Distraction 99 - Nova’s blog

Vermont College of Fine Arts

A Room Away from the Wolves - Nova’s latest book

The Walls Around Us - Nova’s previous book

The Writers Room

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Feathered by Laura Kasischke

Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke

Winter Institute

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado

 
Kathryn Benson
Episode 3: May Yang
May Headshot.jpeg

In the third episode of Truer Words, we discuss getting started, giving yourself permission to just make mistakes, how where you live can affect your productivity, and the importance of being part of an artistic community.

Then Kathryn speaks to visual artist May Yang about how she balances her art and her screenprinting business.

Find May online at MayYang.net or Flashfloodprint.com and Instagram: @electrofervor and @flashfloodprints.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

Show Notes:

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

Danielle Steel’s desk (believe us, you want to see it)

Nora Roberts

Amy Tan, misandrist hero

Small Business Development Center of Tulsa

MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)

Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

Time Blocking

Jessica Hische

Podcast: Song Exploder

The Gathering Place Tulsa

Philbrook Museum of Art

And here’s the mural May painted!

May Bathroom.jpg
 
Kathryn Benson
Episode 2: Erin Foley Chan

In the second episode of Truer Words, we discuss some of the mental roadblocks to committing to writing as a goal.

Then Melissa speaks to comedy writer Erin Foley Chan about how she applies her social work and TV network experience to her writing projects!

Find Erin on Twitter @erinrosechan and Instagram: Erinrosechan. And find Erin’s dog, Thor, on Instagram: @Thebiteythor. She’s also on the How to Watch Movies the Right Way podcast.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

Show Notes:

Books, movies, comedy specials, and other media mentioned include:

Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

Cash Cab

Samantha Bee’s This Is Not A Game The Game

Jantsen’s Gift by Pamela Cope / The COPE Foundation

Bubble Guppies

Brooklyn 99

Get Out

Inside You by Heather Fink

Game Night


 
Kathryn Benson
Episode 1: Adrienne Kisner
Adrienne+Kisner.jpg

In the first episode of Truer Words, we introduce ourselves! Then we speak to debut YA novelist and stone cold genius Adrienne Kisner about her path to publication and her creative process/life philosophy (i.e. Beast Mode).

Find Adrienne on Twitter @adriennekisner and visit her website, adriennekisner.com. Her debut novel is Dear Rachel Maddow, and her upcoming June 2019 release is The Confusion of Laurel Graham.

Subscribe to Truer Words on Apple Podcasts.

Show Notes:

We reference our MFA program, Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.

Books and other media mentioned include:

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sawkill Girls and Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Murphy Brown

The Good Place

Veronica Mars


 
Kathryn Benson