162: Prioritizing creativity and accountability with author, Kayla Cagan

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Writers, take note! Author Kayla Cagan gives insight into her writing process (including the publishing phase), as well as navigating writer's block with really practical ways to overcome it. Guest host, Juliana Finch, and Kayla provide resources and places to start when writing doesn't feel great or accessible


Kayla Cagan (she/her) is the Young Adult Author of PIPER PERISH and ART BOSS from Chronicle Books. PIPER PERISH received universal praise and starred reviews from ALA Booklist, as well as being an Amazon Bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, and made the Indie Next Choice list. PIPER PERISH was also picked as a Spirit of Texas High School Reading Program selection and was a nominee for the Overdrive Book Selection. Her second book, ART BOSS, was called “an engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman” by Kirkus Review, and “an automatic pick-up for fans” by Booklist. Both books were selected for Mule Design's Quarantine Book Club series in 2020. Her short plays and monologues have been published by Applause Books and Smith and Kraus. She has also contributed comics and essays to assorted collections, including Girl Crush Zine, Womanthology, and Unite and Take Over: Stories Inspired by the Smiths. She is happily married to screenwriter Josh A. Cagan and they live in California. Instagram at @kayla_cagan_writer

Resources Kayla mentioned:

Jacob Krueger Studio

Loyalty Bookstore

Big Magic Podcast/Magic Lessons


Master Builder

The New Colossus

Declaration of Love audio anthology

ASBX Shorts


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