“I want the work to speak for itself.”
Storyteller Tribe! We have Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and fiction writer Ameriie in this week’s brand new episode! DRIVE, Ameriie’s newest EP, is named one of the best R&B albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone. She also has a highly anticipated villain-themed anthology featuring stories and essays from some of today’s most popular Young Adult authors and influential Booktubers set to publish in July 2017, a brilliant concept might I add. A fun side fact, her super agent and our previous podcast guest, Joanna Volpe, brainstormed the writing prompts with Ameriie for her anthology project!
In today’s episode, we dive into the fast-growing world of booktubers and its influence on young readers worldwide, why it’s crucial to push past our limits to grow as writers, we demystify morally gray areas, how she’s evolved as a singer-songwriter, and the tremendous amount of discipline she applies to her writing process and habits.
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You need people around you to help you grow and to become better. Then hopefully you can be that way for someone else too.”
“If you’re a writer, you’re a writer because there is something inside of you that demands to be released.”
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
The importance of crafting realistic human conditions in your stories
- Ameriie’s writing process and habits that will inspire your own process
- Ameriie walks us through the creative process of her anthology featuring some of today’s hottest YA authors and booktubers. Here’s a peek at some of the authors and booktubers: Renée Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), and Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS)
- Why Ameriie chose the theme of ‘villains’ for her anthology
- Why it’s important to surround yourself with people who will help you grow
- Raising the bar for yourself and creating space for your writing to grow and improve
- How Ameriie discovered the book-loving community on Youtube (Booktubers)
- Ameriie’s querying process
- A behind-the-scenes look at creating Ameriie’s newest E.P. “Drive”
Ameriie’s newest EP DRIVE is named one of the best R&B albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone, “Formerly known for the go-go brilliance of her 2005 classic “1 Thing,” the singer has renamed herself Ameriie, and her self-released Drive EP includes plenty of bubbly jams that deserve a wider audience.” Check it out for yourself by clicking on the album cover!
Learn More About “Because You Love to Hate Me”
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
Featuring writing from . . .
Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon.
BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).
Learn More About Ameriie
Ameriie’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
On Writing by Stephen King
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Books of Blood by Clive Barker