Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

Aaron Starmer (author of Spontaneous)

Danielle Krage interviews writer Aaron Starmer, whose young adult and middle-grade novels you can find on so many best-of-year lists, from Time Magazine to the Wall Street Journal.  

He’s the author of Spontaneous, also adapted into a romantic black comedy horror film, produced and directed by Brian Duffield (Underwater, Love and Monsters, No One Will Save You).

Spontaneous was one of Danielle’s top picks in episode 30 (comedy horror for Halloween).

In the interview with Aaron, the conversation covers:

  • Humour and its relationship to tragedy and trauma.
  • Navigating the sensibilities of voice and humour.
  • Non-visual entrances into characters.
  • High concepts and hooks.
  • Writing humour for different age groups.
  • Characters as vessels for jokes.

You can find out more about Aaron Starmer and his work here:


You can find the transcript at:


And Danielle’s socials here:



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