Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 5

S5S2 – PABOI: Chloe Gong

Ardo and Yash interviewed debut author Chloe Gong about her Romeo and Juliette reimagining, The Violent Delights. They discuss what it’s like to be a Gen Z author in publishing, the confidence in Chloe’s writing, colonialism and diaspora feels, and the research into 1920s Shanghai. It’s a fun interview!

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 4

S4S8 – PABOI: Tracy Deonn (Part 2)

Ardo and Yash are back with the second part of their interview with debut author Tracy Deonn about her newly released young adult Arthurian retelling, Legendborn. This episode is FULL OF SPOILERS! They went deep into the book with regards to how it tackled race, Tracy’s personal history in writing it and breaking down its memorable characters.

It cannot be stressed enough: SO MANY SPOILERS. 

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 4

S4S6 – PABOI: Tracy Deonn (Part 1)

Ardo and Yash interviewed debut author Tracy Deonn about her upcoming Arthurian retelling, Legendborn. This is the first part of a two part interview and this episode has NO SPOILERS! They talked about Tracy’s road to being published, genre fiction being used to discuss racism and the 2008’s Merlin.

The book comes out September 15 and you can pre-order it wherever you buy books!

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 4

S4E4 – PABOI: Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ardo and Yash interviewed the author behind their favourite mystery series featuring the swoony Esa Khattak and kickass Rachel Getty: Ausma Zehanat Khan! She’s also the author of The Khorasan Archives fantasy series which will have its final book, The Bladebone, released on October 6! It’s available for pre-order. They discussed the mystery series (obvs), what draws Ausma to the mystery and fantasy genres, how she’s spending her time in quarantine and the book she’d like to blurb.

We recorded this interview via Zoom to ensure social distancing. When we refer to “quarantine”, we mean staying away 6 feet apart as per social distancing and mostly, sheltering in place. Please adhere to your local healthcare recommendations with regards to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic. There are local bookstores doing curbside pick-ups and delivery through online and/or phone orders but please call ahead to see if your local bookstore is among them. Libraries also offer ebooks. 

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 4

S4E2 – PABOI: Cindy Pon

Back in the spring of 2019, Ardo and Yash interviewed young adult author Cindy Pon about the sequel in her Want duology, Ruse, as well as exploring grief in young adult speculative fiction, her Chinese brush art and more.

You can read the Syfy Wire article we mentioned, Five Sci-fi and Fantasy Series That Should Be on TV by Preeti Chhibber, here.

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 3

S3E7 – PABOI: Nafiza Azad

Back in April, Ardo and Yash interviewed Nafiza Azad about her debut young adult novel, The Candle and the Flame. They discussed Nafiza’s writing style, the experience of being a debut author and what she plans to write about next.

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 3

S3E3 – PABOI: S.A. Chakraborty

Ardo and Yash interviewed S.A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass and its sequel, The Kingdom of Copper. They geeked out about Islamic history, a trope she loves to subvert, and Ardo find a link between the series and Somalia!

There are some spoilers for both The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper from 28:09 to 35:52.

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 2

S2E6 – PABOI: Justina Ireland

Ardo and Yash had the privilege of interviewing Justina Ireland who is a young adult author and was an executive co-editor of FIYAH magazine. They spoke to her about her brand new novel, Dread Nation, as well as the impact that editing a black speculative and science fiction magazine has on her views of representation in the publishing industry. It was a blast. They discussed jokes, advice to writers and where zombies came from.

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mentioned in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 2

S2E5 – PABOI: Zareen Jaffery

Ardo and Yash  interviewed Zareen Jaffery who is the executive editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and founder of the Salaam Reads imprint. Ardo had interviewed Zareen for Teen Vogue when the first two books from the new imprint (Amina’s Voice and The Gauntlet) were being published and a year later, Ardo and Yash have followed up! We discuss next steps for representation, the reception the books are getting and Zareen offers a blurb. 

  • Interview starts at 8:00

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mention in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.

Posted in Interview, Podcast Episodes, Season 2

S2E2 – PABOI: Jason Reynolds

Ardo and Yash interviewed bestselling and award-winning children’s author Jason Reynolds! They discussed writing, comics, young people and literacy, and questioning literally canon. It was VERY exciting.

The logo was designed by Nick Hanover. The theme song and break music is from Haris Qureshi’s song Give AF. You can find his album here. Everything mention in the episode can be found on Goodreads. You can also find the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @PutABlurbOnIt.