Alexandra Sheppard is the author of YA novel Oh My Gods, the story of Helen Thomas, who’s “just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings – who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London!” Not only does Helen have all the usual teenage stuff to deal with — like new friends to make and a cute boy to impress — she also has to keep her chaotic family’s true identities secret. Alex talked about her love for Greek mythology, how it felt to re-read her teenage diaries, an author she and I love, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Oh My Gods, by Alexandra Sheppard

The Everlasting Rose, by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton

On The Come Up, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Tiny Pretty Things, by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra

Shiny Broken Pieces, by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra

Well-Read Black Girl, ed. by Glory Edim

Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with Matilda

Kick the Moon, by Muhammad Khan

The Wall, by John Lanchester

The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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