Author Archive: Christa Desir & Carrie Mesrobian

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at christadesir.com, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir.

Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at carriemesrobian.com, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we unpack traditional cultural lessons regarding masculinity. We started discussing some of this on Twitter under the hashtag #WorstDudeEver and in this episode, we talk about six young-adult titles that showcase aspects of masculinity that are complex and troubling. Do you have recommendations that deconstruct masculinity? Tell […]

Publishing U: How to Write about Sex in Your YA Novel

Publishing U: How to Write about Sex in Your YA Novel

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this latest addition to our Publishing U series, Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian, YA authors and co-hosts of The Oral History Podcast, offer heartfelt and indispensable guidance for authors wondering how to […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 11: Our Sexual Education

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 11: Our Sexual Education

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss some of the books that helped shape our own sexual education and thinking over the years. This review of influential titles led us on some fascinating tangents, from female ejaculation, childhood masturbation, and curiosity versus competence when it comes to sexual prowess, to Gloria Steinem, […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 10: Illicit Relationships

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 10: Illicit Relationships

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss illicit relationships where there is a power differential between the people involved, as well as legal and social restrictions. Take a listen and share your thoughts or book recommendations on the topic, in the comments or via email: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com. Click to subscribe in […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image

This week’s episode is all about body image. While we had no problems discussing the issues of body image in our own lives, we did have difficulty finding YA books that dealt specifically with body image in the context of sex, which is why we only have four recommended titles this month instead of our usual […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

Welcome to The Oral History Podcast, with your author hosts Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian! A little bit about us. We’re both YA authors whose debut novels came out in 2013. We became acquainted via Twitter (Christa credits Daniel Kraus, though Carrie can’t remember the connection). After a flurry of emails, we graduated to phone conversations, during which […]