Author: Claribel Ortega

Middle grade & young adult fantasy author.

November 11, 2019

S2 E7: Melissa de la Cruz & Look Where the Bench is Now

In this week’s episode Kat and Claribel talk about taking on IP projects versus working on your original ideas PLUS an interview with bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz where we chat about genre jumping, an editor lunch that led to a rejection and her new novel THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!

November 4, 2019

S2 Episode 6: Axie Oh & 90s Kpop

This week Kat & Claribel talk to Axie Oh, the New Visions Award winning author of Rebel Seoul & Rogue Heart! Axie discusses submitting to the New Visions contest, MFA programs, and the experience of writing her own heritage into her novels! Plus lots of k-pop fangirling!

October 28, 2019

Ghostober S2 E4: Ellen Oh & Staring at Your Inbox

This week, Claribel and Kat talk about Frankfurt and what goes on at one of the most important events in the book world plus an interview with the legendary Ellen Oh where she dishes about writing creepy middle grade, social media, and her new book The Dragon Egg Princess.

About Ellen:

Ellen Oh is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. She is the author of the middle grade novel The Spirit Hunters, Spirit Hunters: The Island of Monsters, and the YA fantasy trilogy The Prophecy Series. She is the editor of WNDB’s middle grade anthology Flying Lessons and Other Stories, and the YA anthology A Thousand Beginnings and Endings out in June 2018. Originally from New York City, Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel.

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Podcast Mentions:

CCBC 2017 Multicultural Statistics:


“When you’re used to privilege, Equality feels like oppression.” (uncredited,

Molly Ker Hawn Frankfurt Thread:

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October 21, 2019

Ghostober S2 E3: Kerri Maniscalco & The Zombie Prep School

This week, we talk about hyping yourself at book events and conferences and interview NYT Bestselling author, Kerri Maniscalco about her new book Kingdom of the Wicked, serial killers and being a murderino!

October 14, 2019

Ghostober S2 E2: Christine Lynn Herman & There’s Something In the Woods

This week we talk about the agent author relationship plus an interview with author of The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman where she dishes about The Sims, her publishing & Pitch Wars journey and how she got through one of the darkest times in her life. #WordyMondays

October 7, 2019

GHOSTOBER: S2 E1 Leigh Bardugo & Michelle’s Couch

This week, Claribel and Kat talk all about being on submission and the dangers of judging authors based on their perceived standing in the publishing world. PLUS we talk to THE LEIGH BARDUGO about her publishing journey, the new Shadow and Bone series, interacting with fandom and her new adult book, Ninth House!

September 30, 2019

S2 Episode 5: Michael Mammay & Claribel’s Terrible 1st Draft

This week we talk about Twitter burn out, finding balance with social media and interview adult military Sci-Fi author Michael Mammay who drags Claribel’s first drafts and talks about starting your writing career after a whole other career!

September 23, 2019

S2 Episode 4: Jim McCarthy Rejected Both of Us

This week Kat breaks down her debut experience and we talk to literary agent Jim McCarthy who takes us on a day in the life of a literary agent and answers your questions!

September 16, 2019

S2 Episode 3: Rebecca Kuss & What The Heck Does a Scout Do?

In this week’s episode we talk publishing trends with former scout and current editor Rebecca Kuss, plus trusting the timing of your own writing journey.

September 9, 2019

S2 Episode 2: Katy Rose Pool & There Will Come a Sequel

On this week’s episode Claribel and Kat talk about having hobbies outside of publishing, the author as a brand and an interview with Katy Rose Pool author of THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS where she talks about her long revision process, becoming friends with Kat and her obsession with Animorphs!

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