YABooksPodcast's podcast

I interview Young Adult, YA, authors about their books. YA novels may be Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Action, Horror, or General Fiction. We talk about the author's lives, locations, work, careers, training, education, inspiration, writing methods and routines.
RSS Feed




All Episodes
Now displaying: September, 2015


Sep 29, 2015

Jared and I talk about his recently released YA Science Fiction Novel, "Beat", working for Amazon in Seattle, writing on the train, pulse rates, and what to look forward to.



Author page on Amazon

If your heart rate goes over 140 beats per minute, you die.

Fifteen-year-old Nik Granjer hates the Bug. It was the Bug that destroyed the world when it wiped out over ninety percent of humanity a hundred years ago. Even now, the Bug kills anyone whose heart rate goes over 140 beats per minute. That’s why the Prime Administrator gave everyone the Papas – digital wrist monitors that put people to sleep when their heart rate gets too high. The Papas saved humankind.

But one night on the border of New Frisko, when Nik tampers with his Papa and discovers there is more to the Bug than he thought, a brutal enforcement squad from the city suddenly forces Nik into hiding.

On the run and searching for allies, Nik’s only hope is to escape with his life and discover the truth about the Prime Administrator’s regime and the origins of the Bug. But can Nik and his friends keep their heart rates under 140 when it matters most?

Beat is a post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.



Sep 29, 2015

Kevin and I talk about his recent book, "Sands", about writing in a fantasy world, writing until 3 am, Lehi, Utah, and other things.

Places to look for Kevin:



Sep 29, 2015

I talk with Heather about life in the Pacific North West and about her recent novel, "Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome"

About Heather:

H.E. Roulo is the author of the Plague Masters series. Her short stories have appeared in over a dozen magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. Recent publications include Fantasy magazine's Women Destroy Fantasy special issue, Nature Futures 2, and Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge.

The serialized podcast release of her novel Fractured Horizon was a 2009 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Story. She co-hosted the author interview podcast from 2009 to 2012.

She lives in the beautiful Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a fluffy dog.

Follow Heather on twitter @hroulo or visit her website



Twitter: @hroulo

Amazon Author Page:



Sep 29, 2015

Michell Plested, author of several YA books talks about his inspiration for his novel, "Scouts of the Apocalypse".

We discuss: Canada, Scouting, Zombies, Short Story Anthologies, Five Rivers Press, Agents, and education

To find out more about him, check out these locations:

@mplested on Twitter

His website:

and his author page on Amazon