Episode 11 – Author Interview: Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins image Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, but is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

We’re back from our little hiatus with a new interview that all three of us finally got to attend! This week we’re chatting with NYT bestselling author Ellen Hopkins (Crank, Burned) about her latest novel, Smoke, and her new non-profit organization, Ventana Sierra. We talk changing markets, censorship, and even get a little teary-eyed. Give it a listen!

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You can find more information on Ellen’s non-profit at the website, VentanaSierra.org, and you can find more information on Ellen at EllenHopkins.com. Please give them a look, Ventana Sierra sounds like it’s going to do a lot of good.

Smoke is out September 10th, and you can find that at the usual places. If you do check it out, let us know what you think in the comments! The same goes for this month’s New & Notable!

New and Notable


Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.

WARNING: NSFW! Mature audiences only! Contains salty language, subversive ideas, industry-challenging discussions, and nuts.


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