Episode 27 – LGBT+ in YA

Hey guys! So we’re back! Well, Robin and I are back, but Ollie is still busy with having a life or something, WHATEV. So to help make up for her absence, we’ve enlisted a series of guest hosts to step in and chat with us about things in the YA industry that interest them! To kick it off, Robin’s good friend Amberly Smith stopped by to chat about LGBT+ in YA, and also in other things, look, the conversation strayed a bit, sometimes these things happen.

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Great Blogs on Diversity in YA

Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.

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


  • Azure

    May 1, 2015

    This reminded me of a YA urban fantasy novel I wanted to write, having an LGBT character as the main protagonist. It was during the Twilight craze, when almost every YA book had the Twilight formula and good books were a little hard to find. I wanted to make a subversive book that sometimes poked fun at the overused YA tropes, but told its own story.

    Then school happened, and by the time I could write anything, I was burned out and I completely forgot most of my ideas. Remember people, write down your story ideas else you forget them.

  • Ollie

    May 7, 2015


    I talk too much, sure, but now you want me back because I've been talking too little. 😉

    I want to podcaaaast! The project I'm on is over after not this Monday but the next one. Then I am taking a break up to Albany, but would be able to podcast while there? Mebbe? Perhaps?

    Miss you two!


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