The Happy Writer with Marissa Meyer

The Happy Writer with Marissa Meyer
Rejection! Impostor Syndrome! Writer’s Block! Writing can be a tricky business. Marissa Meyer interviews authors on how we can overcome various obstacles and bring more joy to our writing process.

Shveta Thakrar
Aug 10 • 33 min
Marissa chats with Shveta Thakrar about her debut YA fantasy - STAR DAUGHTER - as well as how revising can be a fun part of the writing process; a few different ways to inspire yourself when the muse is being quiet; how to avoid some potential pitfalls of…
Shannon Hale
Aug 3 • 51 min
Marissa chats with Shannon Hale about her upcoming YA contemporary / fantasy - KIND OF A BIG DEAL - as well as life with young twins (something we have in common!), some of the challenges of writing in quarantine, the self-doubt that comes with writing…
Leah Johnson
Jul 27 • 45 min
Marissa chats with Leah Johnson about her debut contemporary romance - YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN - as well as extraordinary prom traditions, the under-representation of queer Black girls in YA fiction and the responsibility Leah felt in writing for a…
Kit Frick
Jul 20 • 45 min
Marissa chats with Kit Frick about her newest mystery thriller I KILLED ZOE SPANOS, as well as balancing two different timelines in one narrative, one clever method for conveying exposition to your readers, organizing pre-launch promo tasks, and the rise…
Bonus: Marissa Answers Reader Questions with Guest Host Bethanie Finger (Prince Kai Fan Pod)
Jul 16 • 45 min
In this bonus episode, Marissa chats with Bethanie Finger, founder and host of the Prince Kai Fan Pod - a Marissa Meyer book club podcast! Bethanie asks Marissa questions as submitted by her listeners and patreon subscribers. Topics include the…
Danielle Younge-Ullman
Jul 13 • 46 min
Marissa chats with Danielle Younge-Ullman about her newest YA contemporary - HE MUST LIKE YOU - as well as tackling Big Issues in our books with humor and levity, writing YA and kidlit with one’s own children and teenagers in mind, and the role authors…
Lish McBride
Jul 7 • 57 min
Marissa chats with Lish McBride about her upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling, CURSES, as well as how stand-up comedy helped Lish cultivate her humor-writing skills, the influence of supportive teachers, how going through tough times can make us more…
Sara Elizabeth Santana
Jun 29 • 47 min
Marissa chats with Sara Elizabeth Santana about her re-released zombie duology: THE AWAKENED and THE SANCTUARY, as well as commissioning cover art, the wonderfully supportive self-publishing community, parallels between writing and training for a…
Lori M. Lee
Jun 22 • 44 min
Marissa chats with Lori M. Lee about her YA fantasy FOREST OF SOULS, as well as awesome book trailers, a shared appreciation for R.L. Stine, and the increasing amount of cultural representation in fantasy literature as a result of the We Need Diverse…
Bonus: World-Building with Tamara Moss
Jun 18 • 43 min
For The Happy Writer’s first ever bonus writing craft episode, Marissa chats with friend, author, and long-term critique partner Tamara Moss (LINTANG AND THE PIRATE QUEEN) about: Worldbuilding! From maps to politics, trade industries to natural resources,…
Julie Kagawa
Jun 15 • 41 min
Marissa chats with Julie Kagawa about her newest trilogy, THE SHADOW OF THE FOX, as well as baking disasters, fascinating and bizarre creatures from Japanese folklore, the power of keeping a daily word quota, and… anime!
Robyn Schneider
Jun 9 • 48 min
Marissa chats with Robyn Schneider about her newest contemporary YOU DON’T LIVE HERE, as well as the #OwnVoices movement, being more open on social media, lots of love for Oscar Wilde, and… the SECRET-secret menu at In-N-Out Burger. Also mentioned:…
V.E. Schwab
Jun 1 • 60 min
Marissa and special co-host Thalia Westland chat with V.E. Schwab about her forthcoming novel THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE, as well as the impact a beautiful quote can have on readers, the wonderful nostalgia of Scholastic book fairs, and how it…
Guests: Sarvenaz Tash & Sarah Skilton
May 25 • 48 min
Marissa chats with Sarvenaz Tash and Sarah Skilton about their co-written romance GHOSTING: A LOVE STORY (aka MISMATCHED IN MANHATTAN in the UK), as well as the comfort we get from classic rom-com tropes and the many delights (and a few pitfalls) of…
Phil Stamper
May 19 • 40 min
Marissa chats with Phil Stamper about his debut novel, THE GRAVITY OF US, as well as using social media as a platform for change and writing realistic characters on the spectrum between “good” and “bad.”
Sajni Patel
May 15 • 44 min
Marissa chats with Sajni Patel about her debut romance THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU and her forthcoming young adult contemporary THE KNOCKOUT, as well as writing bold, headstrong characters and the important role that mouthwatering food descriptions can…
Stephanie Garber
May 12 • 44 min
Marissa chats with Stephanie Garber about her bestselling Caraval Trilogy, as well as persevering through lots of rejection and using Pinterest to inspire lush imagery and descriptive details. (And also one teeny, tiny hint about the Rumor Project.)
Jamie Pacton
May 7 • 38 min
Marissa chats with Jamie Pacton about her YA debut THE LIFE AND MEDIEVAL TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY, as well as badass women throughout history and how books can change the world… or at least dinner theater.
Abigail Hing Wen
May 4 • 30 min
Marissa chats with Abigail Hing Wen about her debut novel LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI, as well as how being vulnerable can bring us closer to other people, and sticking with a book you love even after 26(!) drafts.
Ngozi Ukazu
Apr 28 • 44 min
Marissa chats with Ngozi Ukazu about her new graphic novel CHECK, PLEASE! vol. 2: STICKS AND SCONES, as well as the role fandom can serve in increasing our joy and creativity, and sticking with projects you love despite the fear that no one will ever read…
Mary Weber
Apr 22 • 45 min
Marissa chats with Mary Weber about her new novel, TO BEST THE BOYS, as well as some truly emotional interactions with readers and how connecting with a writing community is its own form of self-care.
June Hur
Apr 19 • 39 min
Marissa chats with June Hur about her debut novel, THE SILENCE OF BONES, as well as using placeholder chapters while on deadline, and how living your life can serve as an antidote to the fear of rejection.
Caleb Roehrig
Apr 16 • 44 min
Marissa chats with Caleb Roehrig about his new book A WEREWOLF IN RIVERDALE and his upcoming paranormal THE FELL OF DARK, as well as his process for outlining mysteries and how to breathe new life into old projects.
Roshani Chokshi
Apr 13 • 36 min
Marissa chats with Roshani Chokshi on her new books THE GILDED WOLVES and ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES, as well as the importance of self-care (especially in quarantine) and the infinite potential of retelling fairy tales.
Corry L. Lee
Apr 9 • 32 min
Marissa chats with Corry L. Lee about her debut fantasy novel WEAVE THE LIGHTNING, as well as building a system of magic and what we can learn from having to rewrite an entire manuscript.
Elizabeth Eulberg
Apr 5 • 47 min
Marissa chats with Elizabeth Eulberg about her newest books, PAST PERFECT LIFE and SHELBY HOLMES AND THE HAUNTED HOUND, as well as the importance of dance parties, celebrating each book, and why it’s okay to have bad writing days.
Intisar Khanani
Apr 1 • 36 min
Marissa chats with Intisar Khanani on her new book, THORN, as well as the peculiarities of The Goose Girl fairy tale, writing mighty girl characters, and staying connected to organizations you care for.
Sandhya Menon
Mar 29 • 41 min
Marissa chats with Sandhya Menon about her new book, OF CURSES AND KISSES, as well as her famous “plotting wall” and writing your first draft for yourself.
Jessica Brody
Mar 22 • 38 min
Jessica Brody and I discuss her new book, BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS, as well as book promotion from quarantine and the benefits of tracking your daily moods.