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Passions & Prologues

Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond the books they're known for. These longform, relaxed conversations show listeners a new side of some of their favorite content creators as well as provide insight into the things that inspire their work.

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Tumblr and Twilight will never go out of style with Alexis Henderson
Alexis Henderson took the world by storm with her debut novel, The Year of the Witching, back in 2020 and now she’s back with another gothic book just in time for spooky season! Eventually, we discuss House of Hunger, where A young woman is drawn into the upper echelons of a society where blood is power but first Alexis shares where her aesthetic was born: The early 2020s Tumblr scene.  We get into what the app meant to her as a teenager before getting into her undying love of Twilight and cult show Skins UK. Adam also offers a creepy book recommendation to kick off the episode when he discusses The Companion by Katie Alender. The discussion ends with Alexis recommending several books including: The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport, The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas, Babel by RF Kuang, and Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
41:17 09/28/2022
On religion and anxiety with Emily Austin
Emily Austin has thought a great deal about religion and anxiety in her life. Growing up in a blended religious household, she saw first hand the ways religion can affect how we interact with one another. It left her questioning her beliefs and her heart and, eventually, led to the powerfully beautiful novel, Everyone in this room will someday be dead. In this discussion, Adam and Emily discuss their respective unique religious upbringings, the inconsistencies of what people pick and choose to talk about, Jegaysus, writing about and through anxiety, and her exciting new project that was announced in Publishers’ Marketplace! Books mentioned in this episode All Dressed up by Jilly Gagnon We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel A Dream of a Woman by Casey Plett Little Fish by Casey Plett Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
50:25 09/21/2022
Feeling colors with Claire North
Claire North, author of the new book Ithaca, interacts with words and colors in a different way than almost anyone you have ever met. Claire has synesthesia, a condition that means she interacts with words and colors in a very unique way. This helps her in her "day" job where she lights live music performances. In this discussion, we talk about her experience with live music lighting, the colors of Adam's voice, and so much more. This is a fascinating conversation that leads into how she constructs sentences and stories including for her latest book! Books mentioned in this episode Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn Three Pianos by Andrew McMahon Ithaca by Claire North Teeth in the mist by Dawn Kurtagich Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron How emotions are made by Lisa Feldman Barrett Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
48:50 09/14/2022
Life is a musical with Kalynn Bayron
New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron is a theater nerd to her very core. She was raised in a house of musicals, having been introduced to the likes of Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera early on in her life (perhaps too early!) In this chat, Adam and Kalynn chat about their shared obsessions with musicals, talk about their own experiences growing up with them, and the ones they still adore today. Kalynn Bayron is the New York Times and Indie bestselling author of the YA fantasy novels CINDERELLA IS DEAD and THIS POISON HEART. Her latest works include the YA fantasy THIS WICKED FATE and the middle grade paranormal adventure THE VANQUISHERS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
42:52 09/07/2022
Being a Cool Hockey Mom with Gilly Segal
For Gilly Segal, hockey is about family. It’s one of her connections to her dad and now it’s a massive part of life for Gilly and her son. In this discussion, Gilly and Adam chat about how sports bond us to family in ways that go beyond just wins and losses, the positive effects sports have on the lives of children, the difference between the dream and reality of working in sports, and much more.  She is the co-writer of the New York Times bestselling I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, co-written with Kimberly Jones, and is now working on a secret solo project she reveals at the end of the discussion. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
42:15 08/31/2022
Collecting a legacy with Kimberly Latrice Jones
Kimberly Jones knows the importance of history. Her powerful book, How We Can Win is all about the history of systemic racism in the United States and leveling the playing field. The New York Times bestselling I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, co-written with Gilly Segal, is based on actual race riots. Also, she’s currently working on a biography of her mother, a trailblazer in multiple ways.  She also understands legacy and that the things she leaves behind will be part of the way she’s remembered. In this conversation, Kim and Adam talk about the things Kim collects ranging from Cabbage Patch Dolls and Yo! MTV Raps cards to hard to find books to… much stranger things.  Adam and Kim first met way before Kim took the world by storm with her powerful and emotional speech about the inequality in America during the George Floyd protests. Their friendship is one of goofiness and shared adoration. This conversation is like sneaking into a family Sunday meal and listening in as they joke about the many things that have meaning to us. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
49:58 08/24/2022
Cooking is jazz, baking is science with Jen Doll
Jen Doll is delightful and that is not up for debate. The author of the new young adult book, That’s Debatable, joins the show to discuss a passion she and Adam both share… Cooking! The conversation kicks off with Jen explaining how she found her love of being in the kitchen at the beginning of the pandemic and how it helped her bond with her stepson.  Adam and Jen share some recipes as well while talking about Adam’s kitchen weakness…baking. It’s a delightful chat about how they find joy in thinking through how ingredients go together and how that connects to their writing of stories.  The episode ends with Jen talking about her experience with debate club in high school as well as Adam’s experience in theater. That’s Debatable comes out August 30th so be sure to preorder it right away if you hear this before then!  Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
46:07 08/17/2022
CosPlay like a champion with Ryan La Sala
The internet’s Ryan La Sala is this week’s guest! You might know Ryan from such massive books like Reverie and Be Dazzled and he has a new book that you absolutely have to go get called The Honeys. On today’s episode, Adam and Ryan discuss one of Ryan’s MANY passions… Cosplay! Ryan explains how cosplay helps him manifest his dreams and how his second book Be Dazzled went from being partially based on real events to literally becoming a “truth is stranger than fiction” actual moment. Ryan shares his experience in the cosplay world and also discusses potential costumes for the future.  You can view the episode transcript here. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Thank you to everyone who did so after the first few episodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
49:51 08/10/2022
It's all about the layers with Julia Whelan
On episode three of Passions & Prologues, Julia Whelan chats with Adam about her unique passion- packing for vacation! Julia is well known for iconic voice as the narrator of hundreds of audiobooks and her new novel Thank You for Listening is a must read (or listen!).  Julia has traveled all over the world for various lengths of time and across all seasons. All of this experience has made her a master of travel prep. Come for the conversation about her excellent new book, stay for the tips about layers, clothing rolling, and transitional shoes! You can view the episode transcript here. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Thank you to everyone who did so after the first few episodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
47:51 08/02/2022
Kermit in the chaos with Brad Meltzer
On the second episode of Passions & Prologues, Brad Meltzer joins the podcast to discuss a passion that he and Adam share- THE MUPPETS! They talk about their first memories of watching Sesame Street, how they bonded over a mutual love of the holiday classic Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, and why they both see themselves in Kermit the Frog. Brad then shares a few family memories with The Muppets themselves before transitioning to talking about his research into Dolly Parton for his latest children’s book. Brad is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of countless thrillers for adults as well as the creator of the wildly popular Ordinary People Change the World series for children. The latest book in that series is I Am Dolly Parton and it’s available wherever you buy books. Also, be sure to watch the incredible PBS series based off the books, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. You can view the episode transcript here. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Thank you to everyone who did so after episode 1!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
38:44 07/27/2022
Lifting heavy things with Mallory O'Meara
On the first episode of Passions & Prologues, Adam brings on his good friend Mallory O'Meara to talk about her passion for powerlifting! Mallory, the James Beard Award-winning author of Girly Drinks and Lady from the Black Lagoon, shares the story of how she fell in love with the world of powerlifting. Mallory and Adam touch on why working out has become an oasis away from their work lives, how lifting and running has helped change the way they both see their bodies, and the importance of community. They also discuss how working out inspires their writing and Mallory shares some books she's read lately. You can hear Mallory discuss books and book culture every week on the Reading Glasses podcast. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to your podcasts and send your feedback to passionsandprologues@gmail.com. If you email us proof of your review, Adam will send you a personalized book recommendation via email! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
40:07 07/20/2022
Introducing: Passions & Prologues
Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond the books they're known for. These longform, relaxed conversations show listeners a new side of some of their favorite content creators as well as provide insight into the things that inspire their work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01:28 06/17/2022