Seven Stories with Laurel Snyder

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #170

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In this week’s episode
  • an interview with Laurel Snyder, author of Seven Stories Up
  • how I messed up! Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Julie Falatko gave me THREE reviews. So, my bad. Not hers. Feel free to throw tomatoes.
  • where to come see me in April:
  1. April 19th – Children’s Literary Salons, hosted by the esteemed New York Public Librarian, toast of the town, and Fuse #8 creator Betsy Bird. Get more information here.
  2. April 24th – American Society of Journalists and Authors – Find out more here.


In the interview with Laurel Snyder 
  • how to research a fantasy novel.
  • the connections in Seven Stories Up to Bigger Than a Bread Box.
  • the limits of what you can write in a middle grade story.
  • more than seven stories with Laurel Snyder!

Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder
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Recent Comments

  • Taurean Watkins
    March 19, 2014 - 12:22 am · Reply

    Another great episode, Katie, it was great to hear from Laurel again, I can so relate to Laurel’s frustrations about the when things are too “P.C.” specifically regarding middle grade fiction.
    That said, I struggle with this issue, and how kids and teens are far more micro-managed now than in generations past, and I grew up in the 90s during the middle of this transition so I can relate all too well.
    I’m glad you didn’t give up, Laurel, I strongly believe we have to allow kids more freedom on and off the page, not to belittle what parents need to do to keep kids safe in real life, but you can’t learn to do anything worthwhile in a vacuum, and that includes letting kids explore beyond the family home or their school.
    If they can’t do that in their neighborhood (gangs, crime, etc) than let them do that in what they read whatever form that takes, within reason to their maturity level.
    This blog post on “Project Middle Grade Mayhem” speaks to this as well-
    Katie, I got your e-mail to me and I’m trying to curb my comments to be shorter and this as is short as I can get for now! (LOL) Baby steps, Katie…

    • Katie
      March 20, 2014 - 9:24 am · Reply

      Thanks, Taury. Always great to hear from you. I bet curbing comments will help your writing in general, as I know you’ve mentioned wanting to tighten up. Now I’m sure you’ve made people very curious, too, wondering what I sent you in a private email (it wasn’t negative, dear readers! It was all good!)

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