I’m thrilled to feature Jay Asher on our show today! Jay is the New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, selling over 2 ½ million copies in the US alone and is currently in production to be a 13-part series on Netflix. Jay continued on to co-author his second novel, The Future of Us, and recently released his newest New York Times bestselling book, What Light.
In today’s episode, Jay shares the real-life inspiration behind Thirteen Reasons Why and What Light, how he explores forgiveness throughout his writings, and how to successfully weave in a meaningful message to your readers.
Jay began his earliest writings with brevity and we discuss why it’s more powerful to cut the fluff and get right to the heart of things by writing less and being concise. We unpack how to craft compelling and authentic characters, how to write dialogue and a story structure that will hook readers in, and how to write a dual perspective narrative to create different perspectives in your story.
Jay also breaks down how to handle writing the villain in your novel, and the importance of finding an accountability partner who understands where you want your book to go.
For writers who are interested or on the fence about co-authoring a book, you’ll want to pay special attention when Jay goes into detail about his own experiences co-authoring The Future of Us. For all storytellers, Jay also walks us through manageable steps you can take to accomplish your writing goals, and trust me, you don’t want to miss out on his advice!
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- The power of brevity and how to write less and say more
- How to write dialogue that hooks readers
- How to write a novel story structure
- Jay walks us through the real-life inspiration behind Thirteen Reasons Why
- How to write a dual perspective narrative to create different perspectives in your story
- How to craft compelling characters with authenticity
- How Jay explores forgiveness throughout his writings
- How to successfully portray a meaningful message to your readers in your writing
- Jay’s tips on how to write the villain in your novel
- The importance of finding an accountability partner who understands where you want your book to go
- Jay’s experience co-authoring the book The Future of Us with Carolyn Mackler
- Why Jay only writes when he is inspired
- Manageable steps you can take to accomplish your writing goals
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.
Learn More About Jay Asher
Jay’s Recommended Books & Resources:
The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli