Each episode of Debutiful’s podcast features an in-depth conversation with a debut author about their first books, how they became writers, and what drives them.
Debutiful is expanding with a weekly, bite-sized reading series podcast! FIRST TASTE will run Monday mornings in the normal podcast feed beginning October 3rd! It will feature debut authors reading a short selection from their book to whet your appetite.
Meghan Gillis, the author of Lungfish, joined the podcast to about day jobs, writing inspiration, and her literary community.
Jonathan Escoffery, the author of If I Survive You, joined the podcast to talk about trying to write the perfect story, learning when to let an idea go, and why writing about family is so important.
LaToya Watkins, the author of Perish, joined the podcast to talk about growing up in a Black community in West Texas, returning to Perish after nearly a decade away from it, and trying to recapture the pureness of writing one has before learning about the ins and outs of the publishing world.
Kayla Maiuri, the author of Mother in the Dark, joined the podcast to talk about finding the courage to write about something that pushed her, the book industry during the pandemic, and why she is so interested in writing about family.
Sarah Priscus, the author of Groupies, recently just graduated from college but she has the spirit of a 1970s rock star. She’s fun, her book is fun, and this conversation we had about her career and book was fun. Fans of the rock star life will devour this book.
Isaac Fitzgerald, the author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts, is basically the face of the literary world. From appearances on The Today Show, to supporting great writers via his social media, to editing at outlets like The Rumpus and Buzzfeed, Fitzgerald has done it all. His debut memoir explores his life before all that and it’s a can’t-miss book. He joined the podcast to talk about his career, his friendships from the literary community, and the moment he was able to finally call himself a writer.
Morgan Talty, the author of Night of the Living Rez, joined the podcast to talk story vs novel, growing up with storytelling in his family, and going to (and teaching at) a low-res MFA program.
Jules Ohman, the author of Body Grammar, joined the podcast to chat about sexuality, modeling, her writing network, and more.
Carter Bay, the co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, joined the podcast to discuss his debut book The Mutual Friend. We discussed the difference between writing for television and writing a novel, what inspires him, and his career.
Vauhini Vara, the author of The Immortal King Rao, has previously been a technology reporter at the Wall Street Journal and the business editor for The New Yorker. She joined the podcast to talk about genre, how she approaches early reader feedback, good fiction, and everything in between.
Alyssa Songsiridej, the author of Little Rabbit, is also the editor of Electric Literature and was recently named a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. She joined the podcast to talk about writing good sex, what inspires her, and why naming what you’re currently reading is so hard for a writer/editor to answer.
Jendella Benson, the author of Hope and Glory, joined the podcast to discuss being an editor for Black Ballad, gentrification, writing funny, and what inspires her.
Melissa Chadburn, the author of A Tiny Upward Shove, joined the podcast to discuss her career as a writer, student, and activist. Beyond her breathtaking debut, readers may know her for her work related to the child welfare system in California.
Caitlin Barasch, the author of A Novel Obsession, joined the podcast to discuss taking disaster to the next level, dialogue, and if trying to be funny as a writer works.
Neema Avashia, author of Another Appalachia, grew up queer in rural West Virginia. Most of her debut essay collection is about that, but it also is extremely universal. She joined the podcast to discuss her childhood, her time as a public education teacher, and why a book about a queer Indian woman is so easy to connect with regardless of demographics.
Emme Lund, author of The Boy With a Bird In His Chest, has written one of the most weirdly interesting coming-of-age novels. Maybe of all time. She joined the podcast to talk about community, queerness, and writing slow.
Charmaine Wilkerson, the author of Black Cake, knows how to tell a story. She has worked in communications and marketing for her entire career before sitting down to start her debut novel. She joined the podcast to talk about writing with a full-time job, flash fiction, and multi-generational plots.
Sequoia Nagamatsu, the author of How High We Go In the Dark, promises his book is more than just a pandemic novel. He joined the podcast to talk about how his novel did and didn’t change once Covid took over our lives, Emily St. John Mandel comparisons, and another novel he is working on!
Jessamine Chan, the author of The School For Good Mothers, is on top of the literary world right now. Her debut is a Today Show book club pick, was optioned by Jessica Chastain, and has glowing reviews coming from every direction. She joined the podcast to talk about being a mother, writing about mothers, and her career path.
Mina Seçkin (The Four Humors) joins the podcast to talk about community, roadblocks, and identity.
Juhea Kim (Beasts of a Little Land) joins the podcast to discuss growing up as a Korean in America and taking her own path to publishing.
Cara Blue Adams (You Never Get It Back) joins the podcast to discuss linked short story collections, being on an indie press, and the amazing cover art that Nicole Caputo provides.
Gene Kwak (Go Home, Ricky!) joins the podcast to discuss wrestling, why plot synopsis is just the tip of what a book is about, and the process of how a book is created from cover art to title selection.
Jo Hamya (Three Rooms) joins the podcast to discuss critical theory, life in your 20s, Twitter, her writing career, and more!
Brittany Ackerman (The Brittanys) joins the podcast to discuss high school drama, being funny, and the importance of having a writing community.
Rachel Yoder (Nightbitch) joins the podcast to discuss motherhood, what it means to be a writer when you haven’t published in years, and adapting her own book into a screenplay for a movie that Amy Adams is attached to star in.
Matthew Clark Davison (Doubting Thomas) joins the podcast to discuss queerness, brotherhood, and give Pride book recommendations.
Jonathan Parks-Ramage (Yes, Daddy) joins the podcast to discuss relationships with older men, dark novels, and journalism.
Alex McElroy (The Atmospherians) joins the podcast to discuss writing a satire, shitty men, and when they felt they could write how they wanted to.
J. Nicole Jones (Low Country) joins the podcast to discuss memoirs, creative nonfiction, and her childhood in South Carolina.
Jakob Guanzon (Abundance) joins the podcast to discuss money, father/son relationships, and being published on an indie press.
Zak Salih (Let’s Get Back to the Party) joins the podcast to discuss queer culture, being a perfectionist, and how this book feels like historical fiction even though it’s set so recently.
Dantiel W. Moniz (Milk Blood Heat) joins the podcast to discuss why Florida gets made fun of and why it’s perfect for writers, the crafting of her short stories, and why she questioned if she could be a writer.
Torrey Peters (Detranstion, Baby) joins the podcast to discuss writing a bourgeois melodrama and whether or not you need to understand the complexities of the trans community to understand her book.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Bryan Washington to discuss his first novel, Memorial. The two discuss life after his 2019 award-winning story collection Lot, cooking lessons, and how his interests shaped his book even if he thought only 9 people would read it.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Simon Han to talk about his debut novel Nights When Nothing Happened. The two talk about suburbia, race, and how the most thrilling moments can also be the most quiet.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Micah Nemerever to talk about his debut novel These Violent Delights. The two talk about historical fiction, art history, and what it was like writing a novel while writing an academic thesis.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Corey Sobel to talk about his debut novel The Reshirt. The two talk about the ins-and-outs of college football, why football novels are passed on, and how the Redshirt came to be.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by K-Ming Chang to talk about her debut novel Bestiary. The two talk about making writing beautiful, being a young writer, and creating something that reflects the women she never sees in literature.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Greg Mania to talk about his memoir Born To Be Public. The two talk about the hustle it takes to write, mental health, and his parents reading his rather revealing book.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Melissa Faliveno to discuss her debut essay collection Tomboyland. The two chat creative non-fiction, teaching young writers, and Roller Derby names.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by Leah Hampton to discuss her debut story collection F*ckface. The two chat about Appalachia, how she follows characters, and why research is just as important for stories as it is novels.
Adam Vitcavage is joined by John Fram to discuss his debut book The Bright Lands. We discuss being an outsider, writing modern noirs, and police brutality in media. Please read his New York Times piece “How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality.”
Emma Copley Eisenberg joins the podcast to discuss her book The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia. The author discusses how this true crime book / memoir / cultural analysis came to be, her work with Blue Stoop, and what books she loved recently.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, additional episodes with authors who had book tours canceled were recorded as part of the #DigitalBookTour. Please subscribe below or you can listen to the most recent episodes in your browser via Soundcloud by clicking on each author’s name.
The author of The Prettiest Star reads from his second novel and participates in a short interview.
The author of What We Inherit reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.
The author of Kept Animals reads from her debut novel and participates in a short interview.
The author of Thinking Out Loud reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.
The author of Black Widow reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.
The author of Too Much reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.
The author of How Fires End reads from his debut book and participates in a short interview.
The author of Barker House reads from his debut book and participates in a short interview.
The author of Here For It reads from his debut essay collection and participates in a short interview.
The author of Lakewood reads from her debut novel and participates in a short interview.
The author of Not Dead Yet reads from her debut story collection and participates in a short interview.
The author of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau reads from his debut novel and participates in a short interview.
The author of Under the Rainbow reads from her debut novel and participates in a short interview.