Today's guest, Jeff Miller is an expert-level jaywalker from Kent, Ohio, and is a top scorer in coffee drinking. Jeff regularly performs at live lit events all over Chicago. His first novel, The Nerdy Dozen, will be out in June.
Jeff stopped by our studio to talk about putting his writing in the microwave, why you really should not set a book in space, and revising until your eyes want to bleed.
In Jeff's own words:
"There's so much ego managing. You have sentences that you love or you spend so much time on this weird little idea and then... you have to remove it and just keep going. But it's kind of like spring cleaning, in a way. I used to get defensive about it, but you just have to be like: okay, sweet, I'll find something better."
Plus, we kick off the show with a look at the way the world of YA often gets divided into two camps: "supernatural books," like Twilight, and "realistic books," like those by John Green. Anne Ursu points out that this kind of thinking hurts the genr