88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang

Yin Chang


We release weekly interviews with awesome storytellers ranging from novelists to screenwriters to TV producers. Topics cover how-to's, writing advice, craft tips for writers, career nuggets, and the highs and lows of being a storyteller. We are a saf...Show More

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A.S. KING: On Identifying The Author's Purpose

1:40:19 | Mar 21st

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KELSEY FORD: On Balancing Your Career and Creative Pursuits

1:00:52 | Mar 14th

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SARAH ENNI: On Writing Through Grief

1:37:39 | Mar 7th

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SAMANTHA SHANNON: On Writing with Intention

1:31:12 | Feb 21st

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JULIE DAO: On Pushing Past Rejection

1:04:22 | Feb 7th

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S.A. CHAKRABORTY: On Finding Joy in Your Craft

1:01:21 | Jan 24th

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NATASHA NGAN: On Finding The Courage to Write The Book of Our Hearts

1:38:27 | Jan 10th

Have you ever wondered what goes into building strong and vivid fantasy worlds? How to add moments of warmth and humor when writing about darker topics? How about creating space for self-care through your writing? We talk about this and so much more ...Show More

MAUREEN JOHNSON: Crafting Strong Murder Mysteries

1:01:59 | Dec 13th, 2018

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SUZIE TOWNSEND: On Becoming A Literary Agent

1:28:58 | Nov 29th, 2018

Are you curious about what a literary agent does behind the scenes to sell a book? Or how to write a query letter that will grab a literary agent's attention? We dive into this and so much more in Suzie Townsend's episode! Suzie is a literary agen...Show More

LIVIA BLACKBURNE: Pulling Inspiration from Intimate Experiences

42:52 | Nov 15th, 2018

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JAY RUBIN: The Art of Literary Translation

45:57 | Nov 1st, 2018

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TAMORA PIERCE: Believing In Your Craft

1:12:26 | Oct 18th, 2018

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KWAME ALEXANDER: On Being a 26-Year Overnight Success

55:08 | Oct 5th, 2018

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ADRIEN FINKEL: On Multi-Passionate Creativity

42:04 | Sep 27th, 2018

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HOLLY ROOT: Entrepreneurial Mindset as a Literary Agent and as an Author

1:09:41 | Sep 22nd, 2018

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WRITING CLASS RADIO: On Memoir Writing and Finding Your Voice

48:30 | Sep 13th, 2018

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47:20 | Sep 6th, 2018

Shannon Gibney is the author of "See No Color", drawn from her life as a transracial adoptee, which won the Minnesota Book Award and was hailed by Kirkus as “an exceptionally accomplished debut” and by Publishers Weekly as “an unflinching look at the...Show More

NOVA REN SUMA: Writing Through the Darkness

1:22:59 | Aug 30th, 2018

Are you wondering what the financial realities are for writers? Are you on the fence about MFA programs? Are you facing a creative block? Get ready for this motivating conversation featuring today’s special guest Nova Ren Suma. Today's new episode is...Show More

AISHA SAEED: On Letting The Process Take As Long As It Needs To

44:01 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Are you struggling with the timeline of the publishing process? Are you curious about staying organized as a writer? How do you keep track of each character’s storyline and remain consistent? Get ready for this motivating conversation featuring today...Show More

GRETCHEN MCNEIL: On Being A Storyteller

1:23:13 | Aug 17th, 2018

We're back from hiatus!!!  Here are the links mentioned at the very top of the episode:  Our brand new feature article "Letting the Ghosts In" by J.C. Cervantes, click here to read it! Click here to read our 3-year anniversary event summary by Olivia...Show More


06:20 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Please be sure to listen through ALL three announcements. Here are quick links from the announcements:   ANNOUNCEMENT 1: Click here to RSVP! Only RSVP if you are 100% able to make it!  ANNOUNCEMENT 2: For the email subject line, please write “Writer ...Show More

RACHEL HENG: Turning Rejections into Motivation

1:06:52 | Jul 6th, 2018

What do you do after getting rejected over 300 times? Need all the advice on MFA writing programs? How do you stand out in the querying process? Get ready for this motivating conversation featuring today’s special guest Rachel Heng. Rachel is a Singa...Show More

V.E. SCHWAB: Bonus Full Episode

3:11:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

Finally, we're releasing the full, non-edited 3 hour long conversation with V.E. Schwab. This bonus episode is proudly brought to you by Fab Fit Fun! (Be sure to use the promo code 'TEA' for $10 off your first box)  Say 'Hi' to V.E. Schwab on Twitter...Show More

R.F. KUANG: Writing Through Difficult Scenes

44:25 | Jun 21st, 2018

How do you approach agents during the querying stage? How do you the one who will champion your work? How important is the pacing of your manuscript in order to keep your readers intrigued? Do you struggle with writing and editing difficult and emoti...Show More

SABAA TAHIR: Resilience & Moral Courage

40:58 | Jun 14th, 2018

Do you struggle with the day-to-day of parenthood and the professional life? Can one person really make a difference in standing up to bigotry? What are the differences between honesty and kindness, and when are they called for? We unpack all of that...Show More

MINH LE: Drawing From Family Stories For Inspiration

1:35:39 | Jun 7th, 2018

Have you always wanted a close relationship with your grandparent? Do you dream of writing a children’s book and have no idea where to start? Do you struggle with juggling your professional and personal responsibilities while writing? We get into all...Show More

STEPHANIE GARBER: Overcoming Fear By Letting Go

2:07:55 | May 31st, 2018

Have you ever reached a point where you wanted to give up on your creative dreams after piles of rejections? Have you been struggling to push past a serious creative block? How about knowing when to put a story aside, and when to start a new one? We ...Show More

ERIC SMITH: Breaking Down the Query Letter & Life as a Literary Agent and Author

1:10:35 | May 24th, 2018

Where does a literary agent find new author clients? What are specific examples of query letters that really catch an agent's attention? We get into all of that (and so much more) with today’s special guest: Eric Smith. He’s an author, blogger, podca...Show More

JENNY BENT: The Path of a Literary Agent and Founder of The Bent Agency

1:00:41 | May 17th, 2018

Jenny founded The Bent Agency nearly 10 years ago and it has now grown into having nine agents with a strong focus on international rights and has offices in New York City and London. Her agency works with each author to map the publishing career of ...Show More

VICTORIA AVEYARD [From The Archives]: Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps

56:27 | May 10th, 2018

In today’s episode, we’re featuring our conversation with Victoria Aveyard from the archives! During the time of the original release back in January 2016, Victoria just celebrated her 21st week on the New York Times list for “Red Queen”, the first b...Show More

NIKKI GRIMES: Crafting Compelling Characters

45:39 | May 4th, 2018

Nikki Grimes is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of dozens of children’s and young adult books as well as a poet and journalist. Throughout her prolific career, Nikki has highlighted stories and characters from communities that ha...Show More

RACHEL CAINE: Balancing A Successful Writing Career and Multiple Day Jobs

1:15:47 | Apr 26th, 2018

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than fifty novels in a diverse range of genres and categories. She has been honored with multiple awards from RT Booklovers Association and the Texas Lib...Show More

EMILY X.R. PAN: Navigating A Meaningful Path after a Career Change

53:55 | Apr 19th, 2018

Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of her debut novel “The Astonishing Color of After”. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi, and she received her MFA in fiction from ...Show More

RHODA BELLEZA: Silencing Your Internal Editor

54:00 | Apr 12th, 2018

Rhoda Belleza is a children’s editor at a publishing house and is the author of “Empress of a Thousand Skies” and “Blood of a Thousand Stars”.  The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Intergalactic political intrigue, family betrayal and coveted thron...Show More

KELLY LOY GILBERT: Getting to The Heart of The Story

44:26 | Apr 5th, 2018

Kelly Loy Gilbert is the author of "Conviction", a William C. Morris Award finalist, and her newest novel, “Picture Us in the Light”. In today’s episode, Kelly brings us behind-the-scenes of “Picture Us in the Light” from discussing the inspiration a...Show More

ROSHANI CHOKSHI: Writing What You Want To See In The World

40:25 | Mar 29th, 2018

Roshani Chokshi is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, “The Star-Touched Queen”, and “A Crown of Wishes”, and her recently released middle grade debut "Aru Shah and the End of Time". In today’s episode, we discuss ALL things "...Show More

ASHLEIGH GARDNER: Wattpad as a Powerful Platform and Tool for Authors

37:30 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Ashleigh Gardner is the Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing. She works with Wattpad writers and publishers around the world to turn Wattpad stories into books. Ashleigh creates meaningful promotional and editorial partnerships with th...Show More

ARVIN AHMADI: Overcoming Fear by Writing Through It

40:45 | Mar 15th, 2018

Arvin Ahmadi is the author of “Down and Across”. From Buzzfeed, “Ahmadi writes with head and heart, captivating readers with passages that leap beautifully from the pages.” Publishers Weekly describes his debut as “witty, smart, and inspiring” and Th...Show More

JOHN BOYNE: Finding Joy In The Process of Writing

26:05 | Mar 8th, 2018

John Boyne is the author of over 15 books and short stories. His New York Times bestselling novel, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas", was an international bestseller, selling more than nine million copies worldwide. In today’s episode, we discuss his ...Show More

TOMI ADEYEMI: Storytelling with Heart and Soul

1:38:40 | Mar 1st, 2018

You have no idea how excited I am to have Tomi Adeyemi on our show! Tomi is the author of Children of Blood and Bone, a West African-inspired fantasy debut and the first novel in her trilogy that conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for any ...Show More

ATIA ABAWI: Humanizing The Refugee Crisis Through Storytelling

40:54 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Atia Abawi is an author, foreign correspondent, and award-winning journalist. Born a refugee to Afghan parents in West Germany and raised in the United States, Atia has reported on war, conflicts and international crises in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ira...Show More

KATHERINE LOCKE: Writing Communities & Writing Consistently

1:11:15 | Feb 15th, 2018

Katherine Locke is the author of the Sydney Taylor Honor Award winning debut young adult novel "The Girl with the Red Balloon." In today’s episode, we dive into how “The Girl with the Red Balloon” was influenced by her Grandfather. She shares advice ...Show More

AMIE KAUFMAN & MEAGAN SPOONER: Building a Healthy and Successful Collaboration as Co-Authors

1:28:56 | Feb 8th, 2018

We have co-authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner on our show today! Meagan is the author of "Hunted" and the "Skylark" trilogy, and Amie is the co-author of "The Illuminae Files". Amie and Meagan are longtime friends and they’ve traveled quite a lo...Show More

GLORIA CHAO: Exploring Cultural Identity Through Storytelling

1:05:51 | Feb 1st, 2018

In today’s episode, we discuss the traditional roles of women and the family values ingrained in the Taiwanese culture. Gloria walks us through the details of her revision process and the most important thing she learned about revisions. We also talk...Show More

NNEDI OKORAFOR: The Power of Listening for Storytelling

1:13:16 | Dec 30th, 2017

Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. She’s most recognized for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable cha...Show More

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: Staying Focused on Creating Your Best Work

38:27 | Dec 21st, 2017

Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Gulf Coast, NPR, and more. Carmen’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for th...Show More

ERIKA L. SÁNCHEZ: An Unwavering Love of Writing

35:50 | Dec 14th, 2017

Poet, novelist, and essayist, Erika L. Sanchez was a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellowship recipient, and Bread Loaf Scholar. Her debut young adult novel, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”, is a New York Times Bestseller and was named a fin...Show More

RYAN T. HIGGINS: The Importance of Looking at Your Story in Small Chunks

45:09 | Dec 7th, 2017

Ryan T. Higgins is the bestselling author and illustrator of the picture book “Mother Bruce” which received the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. In this episode, Ryan walks us through the storyboarding and ed...Show More

REBECCA GREEN: Staying Inspired as an Artist

52:39 | Nov 30th, 2017

Rebecca Green is an incredibly talented illustrator and painter, and is the picture book author of "How to Make Friends with a Ghost". In this episode, Rebecca walks us through what a dummy book is and how it fits into the picture book creation proce...Show More

GREG PIZZOLI: Developing Picture Book Ideas & Diversifying Your Work As An Artist

50:21 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator and screenprinter.He is the author of "Good Night Owl", a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, "Templeton Gets His Wish", "Number One Sam", and "The Watermelon Seed", which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. I...Show More

SUSAN DENNARD: The Revision Process & Overcoming Perfectionist Tendencies

1:09:30 | Nov 17th, 2017

Susan Dennard is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch. Susan is one our community’s most requested authors for the show and is known for her really helpful and ...Show More

SARA SHEPARD: Writing What You Love & Creating Captivating Villains

58:25 | Nov 9th, 2017

Sara Shepard is the author of the popular NYT bestselling series "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Lying Game". She takes us behind the scenes of her newest book, "Follow Me", the second book in "The Amateurs" series. We unpack how ghostwriting can help...Show More

MAGGIE SHEN KING: Linear Writing & The Benefits of Multiple Writing Groups

42:03 | Nov 2nd, 2017

In today’s new episode, we have Maggie Shen King, author of "An Excess Male". In her novel,she explores the marriage plot in a dystopian future and follows in the footsteps of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”. It’s the story of one excess male...Show More

HOLLY BLACK: Navigating The World of Contemporary Fantasy & Finding Your Community

1:18:01 | Oct 26th, 2017

In today’s new episode, we have Holly Black, the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of the popular books that many of you recognize her from are the “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and The Modern Faerie Tale series....Show More

E. LOCKHART: Creating Emotional Resonance & Doing The Work

29:57 | Oct 19th, 2017

E. Lockhart is the author of the New York Times bestseller "We Were Liars".  In this episode, we dig deep into her newest novel, "Genuine Fraud", where you’ll learn about the inspiration behind the book and its main characters. She walks us through h...Show More

NIC STONE: Thriving In Our Art & Asking Tough Questions

1:05:56 | Oct 12th, 2017

We have Nic Stone in our new episode, author of the incredibly powerful debut, "Dear Martin". Her new novel releases on October 17 and I am incredibly excited that we can reveal an excerpt from "Dear Martin" that’s exclusive to our 88 Cups of Tea com...Show More

ROUNDUP: Jacqueline Woodson, Victoria V.E. Schwab, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jeff Zentner, Angie Thomas and Leigh Bardugo

27:41 | Sep 14th, 2017

In today’s new episode, we have a highly motivating roundup of interview clips from guests we’ve had on the show throughout the past two years. There’s so much that’s been going on around us, and an overwhelming amount of devastating news lately, and...Show More

MARIA V. SNYDER: Revising a Novel and Creating Story Bibles for a Series

46:16 | Sep 7th, 2017

In today’s new episode, we have award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder of the “Study” series. In our conversation, you’ll learn what inspired the idea for Maria’s novel "Poison Study", the first book to kick off the Study...Show More

RUTA SEPETYS: Authenticity in Researching Historical Novels & Writing Multiple POVs

50:53 | Aug 28th, 2017

We have Ruta Sepetys on 88 Cups of Tea this week! Ruta is a New York Times bestseller and a Carnegie Medal winning crossover author whose critically acclaimed novels are read by both teens and adults. Ruta was awarded The Rockefeller Foundation’s pre...Show More

BARRY GOLDBLATT: The Journey of Leading Young Adult Fiction into Mainstream

1:07:13 | Aug 24th, 2017

We're back with episode 101 and we have literary agent Barry Goldblatt, founder of Barry Goldblatt Literary, on 88 Cups of Tea today. In our conversation, Barry shares how he transitioned from an 11-year career in the rights and contracts departments...Show More

100th Episode!

1:56:00 | Aug 10th, 2017

Oh..My..LAWD: It’s our 100th episode. I can not believe how far we’ve come. Thank you all for helping me grow 88 Cups of Tea into the incredible community it is today.  We have a really fun mash-up of voice messages from our listeners and interviews ...Show More

HENA KHAN: The Power to Change Hearts and Minds with Stories

44:38 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Hena Khan is an award-winning picture book and middle grade author whose work includes an Islam-themed picture book for the Curious George books. Hena was tapped to write the first release of Simon & Schuster’s groundbreaking imprint Salaam Reads, wh...Show More

LAURA ATKINS: Diversity and Equity in Children’s Books

54:14 | Jul 31st, 2017

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She’s worked with publishing companies helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Associati...Show More

LAURIN MAYENO: Gender Diversity Through Children’s Books

37:25 | Jul 27th, 2017

Laurin Mayeno is the author of “One of a Kind, Like Me/ Unico Como Yo”, a bilingual children’s book inspired by her own experiences with her son and her community activism. In “One of a Kind Like Me”, a young boy fights gender stereotypes by dressing...Show More

KATE SCHATZ: Empowerment Through Proactivity & Rediscovering Your Identity in Motherhood

43:04 | Jul 20th, 2017

Kate Schatz is the New York Times-bestselling author of "Rad American Women A-Z" and "Rad Women Worldwide". Her books introduce readers to a list of powerful female role models and change-makers. From activists and artists, to scientists and rock sta...Show More

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ: Living A Writer’s Life with Boldness

36:10 | Jul 13th, 2017

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her "Blue Bloods" series has sold over three million copies, and...Show More

ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA: World-Building & Integrating Life Experiences Into A Novel

50:04 | Jul 6th, 2017

Zoraida Cordova is the author of "The Vicious Deep" trilogy, the "On the Verge" series, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her latest novel, "Labyrinth Lost", was a Tor.com Best Book of 2016 and an NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016.“Labyrinth Lost” was ...Show More

ERIN CHACK: Stories Worth Telling & Memoir Writing

36:15 | Jun 29th, 2017

Erin Chack is a senior editor at BuzzFeed and the author of “This Is Really Happening”, a profoundly transparent collection of essays written in a sharply observant voice that’s refreshingly candid. Erin describes her book as “an essay collection abo...Show More

NINA LACOUR: Writing Captivating Endings That Remain Ambiguous & Honing In On The Small Rituals of Daily Life

45:26 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Nina LaCour is the author of the William C. Morris Honor Book, “Hold Still”. Los Angeles Times perfectly describes her writing in which they write, “LaCour has a knack for capturing the unique intensity of teenage characters discovering love, sex and...Show More

KIERSTEN WHITE: Writing Page-Turners & Crafting Memorable Characters

57:34 | Jun 15th, 2017

We have Kiersten White with us this week, the New York Times bestselling author of “And I Darken”, a series that has been compared to Game of Thrones for the YA community. Kiersten and I recorded our conversation late November last year and I couldn’...Show More

PARK LITERARY & MEDIA: Pete Knapp, Emily Sweet, Andrea Mai

57:19 | Jun 8th, 2017

We have Pete Knapp, Emily Sweet, and Andrea Mai from Park Literary & Media on the show today! This is the very first time we’ve had an interview that features more than one guest at a time. Just imagine what it's like having four people chatting in a...Show More

EMILY BARR: Transitioning From Journalism To Novel Writing

39:31 | Jun 1st, 2017

Emily Barr began her career as a journalist at the The Guardian before backpacking for a column assignment which inspired the concept for her first novel Backpack, which then went on to become a New York Times bestseller. After her debut hit, she has...Show More

88TH EPISODE: Special Edition Featuring 8 of Our Listeners

2:15:36 | May 25th, 2017

Y'all. The 88th episode has arrived. Dun dun DUN! Today’s milestone episode is proudly sponsored by Sun Basket and BookCon. It features eight incredible listeners from our 88 Cups of Tea community. I remember when I first launched this podcast, the 8...Show More

VICTORIA 'V.E.' SCHWAB: Cultivating Stubborn Hope & Earning Your Way Into The Tribe

1:46:32 | May 18th, 2017

I’m thrilled to share this week’s new episode featuring Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, the #1 NYT bestselling author of 12 books. Most of you know Victoria from The Shades of Magic series where an Entertainment Weekly article describes her writing as “addic...Show More

SANDHYA MENON: How Indie Publishing Led Her to Traditional Publishing

36:44 | May 11th, 2017

We have Sandhya Menon with us this week! A refreshing new voice in young adult fiction, her debut, "When Dimple Met Rishi", is a charming romantic comedy that celebrates first love, and at the core, explores one’s own independence and voice in the wo...Show More

JERRY SPINELLI: Writing Honest Stories & Pushing Through The 'Miserable Middle'

1:03:12 | May 3rd, 2017

We have the legendary Jerry Spinelli of the Newbery Medal winning “Maniac Magee”, and the Newbery Honor winner “Wringer” on the show with us this week. Jerry is the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 novels including “Stargirl”, a Publisher...Show More

ANN BRASHARES: Building Emotional Complexities in Characters & Writing Challenging Scenes

38:07 | Apr 27th, 2017

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series, which has sold over 8.7 million copies. Booklist hailed Ann’s newest book "The Whole Thing Together" as “quintessential Brashares”, it’s a st...Show More

JACK CHENG: Developing Themes in Your Stories From Personal Relationships & Experiences

30:44 | Apr 20th, 2017

Jack Cheng’s debut novel “See You in the Cosmos”. earned high praises from the likes of Entertainment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal, describing his book as “stellar” and “life-embracing”. An Entertainment Weekly article describes Jack as an auth...Show More

KAMI GARCIA: Accurately Portraying Characters by Writing What You Have Access To

1:26:31 | Apr 13th, 2017

Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times-bestselling and Bram Stoker nominated author, and the co-author of the "Beautiful Creatures" and "Dangerous Creatures" novels. Her solo series, the "Legion", includes the instant New York Times bestseller "Unbreakab...Show More

IRENA BRIGNULL: Finding Your Voice & Authority in Your Profession

46:47 | Apr 6th, 2017

I’m delighted to have Irena Brignull on the show! Irena is a renowned screenwriter and novelist. She wrote the Oscar nominated movie, "The Boxtrolls", starring Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning and Simon Pegg. Irena was nominated for Best Screenplay for "Th...Show More

BETH REVIS: Writing Unreliable Characters & Approaching Emotional Scenes

1:07:01 | Mar 30th, 2017

I’m so excited to collaborate with Quarterly to bring you today’s episode featuring Beth Revis! Beth is a New York Times bestselling author most widely recognized for her book series "Across the Universe" which was selected as a Teen Top Ten novel by...Show More

JEFF ZENTNER: Writing Strong Character Relationships & Being Creative Around The Edges of A Normal Life

1:10:07 | Mar 23rd, 2017

I’m so excited to have Jeff Zentner on the show! Jeff is the William C. Morris award-winning author of his debut novel “The Serpent King”. His debut was also selected as a New York Times notable book, and an Amazon Best Book of the year. Both Buzzfee...Show More

MEG CABOT: Writing in Multiple Genres & Turning Real Life into Fiction

35:31 | Mar 16th, 2017

Meg Cabot is one of the earliest pioneers of the YA genre. She is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for adults, teens, and tweens, selling over 25 million copies of her nearly 80 published books. “The Princess Diaries”, one of her most ...Show More

ANGIE THOMAS: Crafting Powerful Narratives & Finding Your Writing Community

44:07 | Mar 9th, 2017

Angie Thomas is the author of “The Hate U Give” which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. I'm so excited to have her on the show today! If you haven’t yet, make sure to grab a copy for yourself. I love this book. The movie is also cu...Show More

HEIDI HEILIG: Breaking Down Stigmas and Encouraging Diversity

44:59 | Mar 2nd, 2017

We have Heidi Heilig on the show with us today!  Heidi is the author of the duology “The Girl From Everywhere” which was listed as a widely-loved and recommended book to read by NPR. The sequel to “The Ship Beyond Time” just released this week and wa...Show More

LILLIAM RIVERA: Creating Complex Characters & Representing Underappreciated Voices

35:02 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Lilliam Rivera is the debut author of "The Education of Margot Sanchez" and she was recently named a 2017 Face to Watch by the LA Times. Click here to go directly to Lilliam's shownotes page!  In today’s episode proudly brought to you by VCFA's MFA i...Show More

JUSTINA IRELAND: Owning Your Voice with Courage

55:01 | Feb 16th, 2017

I’m thrilled to have Justina Ireland on the show today!  Justina is the author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows. You can find her on Twitter here and you can access her shownotes page with all of her recommended books and resources linked up...Show More

JOANNA VOLPE: New Leaf Literary & Media President and Literary Agent Discusses Entrepreneurialism, Leadership, Artist Representation

43:01 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Joanna Volpe is a literary agent and the president of New Leaf Literary & Media, one of the hottest and most sought after management and representation firms today. Joanna discovers and helps to shape the careers of talented and successful authors li...Show More

CAROLINE LEAVITT: Rising Through Adversity with Strength and Compassion

58:58 | Dec 8th, 2016

Caroline Leavitt is a book critic, essayist, screenwriter, and an award-winning author of the Indie Next Pick "Cruel Beautiful World", and the New York Times Bestsellers "Is this Tomorrow" and "Pictures of You", as well as 8 other novels. Click here ...Show More

JANE SMILEY: Creating Effective Outlines & The Importance of Being Analytical

25:32 | Dec 1st, 2016

Known to be one of the greatest writers of our time, it’s an absolute honor to feature Jane Smiley on our show! Jane is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, and numerous novels, most recently, The Last Hundred Yearstrilogy: Some Luc...Show More

MARIE LU: Confronting The Blank Page and Writing Tips on Creating a Complex Villain

48:23 | Nov 24th, 2016

I’m thrilled to have New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu for this week's new episode! Marie is one of the most humble and gracious guests we’re honored to feature on the show. Before becoming a full-time writer, Marie worked in the video game ...Show More

ALYSON NOËL: Surviving The First Draft & Recognizing Your Worth

43:47 | Nov 17th, 2016

We have #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning, author Alyson Noel on the show today! Alyson has published 23 novels including: The Immortals, The Riley Bloom, and The Soul Seekers series. We get really up close and personal in today’s episode...Show More

ALEX BRACKEN: Being Brave with Your Writing

1:24:34 | Nov 10th, 2016

“You’re brave if you’re already writing.” -Alex Bracken (Click to tweet) [[Click here to go directly to Alex's shownotes page where we list all the incredible resources and books she shares!]]  Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY...Show More

S.J. KINCAID: Building on Story Ideas You Gravitate Towards & Creating Multi-Layered Worlds to Enhance The Plot

46:53 | Nov 3rd, 2016

We have S.J. Kincaid on the show with us today! Click here to go directly to S.J.'s shownotes page where we have all of her resources and books listed along with highlights about her episode. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterst...Show More

BRENDA DRAKE: Pitching Yourself As A Writer & Discovering Your Voice

34:45 | Oct 27th, 2016

Thrilled to share our newest episode of the week! Brenda Drake is the author of Thief of Lies and Touching Fate, and the creator of Pitch Wars and #PitMad.   In Brenda’s episode proudly brought to you by Gotham Writers, we dissect Pitch Wars and Pitc...Show More

GRANT FAULKNER: Our Stories Are Worthy of Telling & Unpacking NaNoWriMo

47:46 | Oct 20th, 2016

I’m thrilled to have the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Grant Faulkner, on the show with us! Grant is also the co-founder of 100 Word Story. And his stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writ...Show More

SARAH J. MAAS: Championing Heroines & Writing with Relentless Determination

1:22:33 | Oct 13th, 2016

Sarah is the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I’ve been so excited and antsy about sharing today’s episode with you! Sarah is the #1 New York Times and intern...Show More

CRISTINA HENRÍQUEZ: Connecting Through The Telling of Human Stories

39:21 | Oct 7th, 2016

New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year, Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans.  “It doesn’t matter how fast you write, it matters how well your write.” -Cristina Henríquez   In tod...Show More

GAIL HOCHMAN: Literary Agent + President of Brandt & Hochman on Query Letters + Finding Mentors

44:01 | Sep 29th, 2016

“If you want to be a writer, you just have to sit there and write.” -Gail Hochman (click to tweet)   I am so honored and beyond excited to finally share today’s special episode with you. We have none other than Gail Hochman on the show! Gail is the p...Show More

ALLIE HAGAN: Writing The Pilot for ABC's 'Notorious'

34:19 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Allie Hagan is the creator and co-executive producer of Notorious, airingtonight on ABC! Named one of the Best Bloggers by Time Magazine, Allie’s viral Tumblr account went on to land her a book deal for Suri’s Burn Book, and then its follow-up compan...Show More

ELIZABETH EULBERG: Understanding Your Characters Before Writing Their Story & Writing with an Authentic Voice

47:33 | Sep 15th, 2016

“The only way your book is going to be written is if you sit down and write it.” -Elizabeth Eulberg (click to tweet) We have internationally bestselling young adult author Elizabeth Eulberg on the show with us today! Elizabeth first started her caree...Show More

SABAA TAHIR: Portraying Realistic Human Behavior in Fiction

35:51 | Sep 8th, 2016

“Certain things are waiting to be uncovered and they can only be uncovered by a specific person.” -Sabaa Tahir (click to tweet) Click here to go directly to Sabaa's shownotes page. We have #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir of An Ember ...Show More

TARA THOMPSON RASMUS: Thriving On Challenges & Growth

1:00:31 | Sep 1st, 2016

“It’s good to go out of your comfort zone. It’s good to understand how hard you can work and what you are capable of.” -Tara Thompson Rasmus   We have Tara Thompson Rasmus on the show with us today! Today's episode is proudly brought to you by Gotham...Show More

HANNAH BRENCHER: Uplifting The Heart with Handwritten Letters & Addressing Difficult Topics with Passion and Grace

43:59 | Aug 25th, 2016

“Opening up is one of the first ways depression loses its power.” -Hannah Brencher Today’s episode features Hannah Brencher, TED Speaker and author of “If You Find This Letter”. Hannah founded the global organization More Love Letterswhose mission is...Show More

Aloha & Updates!

01:38 | Aug 18th, 2016

Hey Storytellers! Quick update in today's episode.  Xo, Yin

DAVID GRAE: Executive Producer of CBS' 'Madam Secretary' on Breaking Into TV Writing

40:52 | Aug 11th, 2016

“If you don’t know the craft, your talent can’t be unleashed.” -David Grae (click to tweet) We have Executive Producer and TV writer David Grae on the show with us today! His episode is proudly brought to you by Gotham Writers. David started his tele...Show More

We Just Turned 1 Years Old!

02:39 | Aug 8th, 2016

HEY STORYTELLER TRIBE! Jumping in super quick with a special announcement—-88 Cups of Tea turned 1 years old TODAY! On August 8th!    Please take a quick moment to listen into today's episode. I’m so grateful to you listeners for being there every st...Show More

MOLLY JAFFA: The Entrepreneurial & Emotional Grit of a Successful Literary Agent

33:03 | Aug 4th, 2016

“I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was to be an advocate for authors and really help make their dreams come true.” -Molly Jaffa (click to tweet) We have another amazing literary agent on the show! Molly Jaffa is a literary agent and ...Show More

LILY WILSON: The Artistry in Creativity & Reviving Our Deep Love For Making Art

36:21 | Jul 28th, 2016

“Even when we seemingly don’t have anything, we still have so much to give each other.” -Lily Wilson (click to tweet) We have a special episode today that’s near and dear to my heart. A huge part of why this podcast was created was to help listeners ...Show More

MATT DE LA PEÑA: 2016 Newbery Medal Winner Exploring What It Means to Write a Dance

43:57 | Jul 21st, 2016

“Imagine all the great writing that’s being done secretly by people who are ashamed to share it.” -Matt de la Peña (click to tweet!) Exciting new episode today with the one-and-only Matt de la Peña!  Matt is one of the most grounded human beings and ...Show More

HARRIET REUTER HAPGOOD: Surrendering Emotional Ties to The Telling of Our Story & Enhancing It with Layers of Plot

40:01 | Jul 14th, 2016

“If the end result is a book, then you are a writer.” -Harriet Reuter Hapgood We have Harriet Reuter Hapgood on the show today! Harriet is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. Teen Vogue named her deb...Show More

RENEE AHDIEH: Investing Deeply In Your Characters & Combatting Anxiety With Gratitude And Empathy

37:25 | Jul 7th, 2016

“Success can be a moment, fulfillment is a lifetime.” -Renee Ahdieh (Click to tweet)   We have #1 New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger duology in today’s brand new episode brought to you...Show More

AMERIIE: Redefining Gray Areas & Delving Deeper To Make Room For Growth

47:12 | Jun 30th, 2016

“I want the work to speak for itself.”-Ameriie (Click to tweet) We have Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and fiction writer Ameriie in this week’s brand new episode proudly brought to you by Gotham Writers! DRIVE, Ameriie’s newest EP, is...Show More

JOANNA VOLPE: New Leaf Literary & Media President and Literary Agent Discusses Entrepreneurialism, Leadership, Artist Representation

42:14 | Jun 23rd, 2016

“Just keep writing. Get your butt in the seat and keep going.” Oh. Em. Freaking. Gee. What's with the eagerness? [Cue drumroll] We have our first-ever literary agent on the podcast proudly brought to you by Vermont College of Fine Arts! Not just any ...Show More

MORGAN MATSON: Demystifying Your Writing Process & Building Characters

40:51 | Jun 16th, 2016

“Everyone finds their own door.” -Morgan Matson (Click here to tweet) So excited to share today’s episode brought to you by Gotham Writers! Morgan Matson is the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour,Se...Show More

DEBBIE MACOMBER: Learning To Be The Writer & Challenging Ourselves To Grow

45:32 | Jun 9th, 2016

“I had to learn to be the writer. The storytelling came naturally to me.” We have the lovely Debbie Macomber in today’s episode, proudly sponsored by Vermont College of Fine Arts! Debbie Macomber is a#1 New York Times bestselling author and one of to...Show More

DAVID J. PETERSON: A Career In Creating Languages

55:43 | Jun 2nd, 2016

“As language creators, when you meet other language creators for the first time, it’s both exciting that you have people to talk about this with, and super disappointing because you realize you’re not unique.” –David J. Peterson  Today's episode is p...Show More

JENNY HAN: Redefining The Archetype of the ‘The All-American Girl’ and Hosting Your Own Writers’ Retreat

25:38 | May 26th, 2016

“We need to be able to get used to seeing main characters who happen to be of a different race.” -Jenny Han We have the a-w-e-s-o-m-e Jenny Han in today’s episode proudly brought to you by Vermont College of Fine Arts! Jenny is the New York Times bes...Show More

LOUISE O’NEILL: Disrupting Rape Culture With Real Change & Writing Your Story The Way It’s Demanding To Be Told

35:09 | May 19th, 2016

“There was something about this book and the research, it really made me look at the world in a different way. I suppose it made me more aware of the darkness that a human being can hold, or the sadness, and I think that kind of broke me a small bit....Show More

EVELYN SKYE: Author of Highly Anticipated Debut Novel "THE CROWN'S GAME" on Facing Difficult Choices & Choosing 'Something Bigger'

57:23 | May 12th, 2016

Hey Storyteller Tribe! Super excited that Vermont College of Fine Arts and 88 Cups of Tea teamed up to bring you today's episode! We have young adult author Evelyn Skye discussing the writing process of her debut novel “The Crown’s Game”. Teen Vogue ...Show More

JESSICA BRODY: Rituals That Remove Creative Blocks & Writing From a Positive Headspace

53:14 | May 5th, 2016

Today's episode is proudly sponsored by Gotham Writers!  We have author Jessica Brody on the show with us today!  Jessica's written and published multiple books in various genres, two of her Young Adult novels were acquired for feature film adaptatio...Show More