Storytellers! We have author KODY KEPLINGER of “The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)” on the show today! The book was made into a major motion picture starring rising young actors. Kody’s take on teen drama is refreshingly original and hilarious.
I’m so excited to share her interview with you today! Kody is just as bubbly, outgoing, warm, and funny as I had hoped. We chat a ton about mentors and how they help shape your career, and how having one influenced Kody into the person and the writer she is today. Lots of workshop talk, crucial writing tips (the same lessons she teachers her writing students), personal triumphs and heartbreaks in the writing industry, and so much more!
Writers with a focus on writing young adult or middle grade books, this one’s for you!
Special Giveaway Announcement!
Want to win a signed, advanced copy of Kody’s newest book “RUN”? All you have to do is:
- Listen to Kody’s podcast episode.
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- Lucky winner will receive the prize!
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
The importance of having a mentor that has the courage to be truthful and how that can inspire you and your work
- Inspiration behind “The Duff”
- How to avoid miscommunication with your editor and remain on the same page about your writing project
Kody’s outlining process
How to decide which ideas are worth exploring for your next writing project
Why every aspiring writer needs to attend a book signing
Learn More About Kody Keplinger
Kody Keplinger is the author of several books for kids and teens, including The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) which was adapted for film in 2015. She’s the co-founder of Disability In Kidlit, a writing teacher in NYC, and an all-around nerd. Her next novel, Run, will be released in June 2016.
Kody’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell