Stacey Lee

All around us, there are stories waiting to be unearthed, storylines there for the taking. Grant and Brooke discuss this and more—plotting v. pantsing; researching; understanding your readers—in this week’s episode. Importantly, this week’s show with guest Stacey Lee is about why we write, how it’s our birthright, and how we can push through some of the guilt and/or apathy some writers have felt over this past year-plus about whether or how much their writing might matter, especially in the face and wake of greater suffering.


Stacey Lee is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction, including Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, which was winner of the 2017 Pen Center Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association YA Book of the Year. She’s also written The Secret of A Heart Note, The Downstairs Girl, and now, Luck of the Titanic. Her books have been selected for the Amelia Bloomer list for feminist fiction, as well as the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, and the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens. A native of southern California and fourth-generation Chinese American, she is a founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement.

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