Story Effect

Story Effect

STORY EFFECT is a podcast that celebrates the butterfly effect of stories on our communities, cultures, and selves. In each episode, Writer and Developmental Editor, Abigail K. Perry, interviews a guest on the top stories that impacted their life--be it book, movie, song, you name it. Whether or not you’ve read, heard, or seen the tales discussed on each episode, you’re sure to be inspired by the unique experiences and practical life lessons explored because of these stories.

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August 21, 2020 3 min

Welcome back to Story Effect and an extra big thank to all my listeners for tuning in for this and every episode. I’m Abagail K. Perry, host of Story Effect and developmental editor with literary agency, teaching, and film experience. Today, I want to take this time to let listeners know that I will be taking a short break from podcasting in order to welcome my first baby into this world. I’m a few days past my due date and excited...

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This week on Story Effect, Abigail Perry talks to Literary Agent Maria Vicente about two stories with timeless themes and characters that have stuck with Maria since she was 12 years old. Featuring Jerry Spinelli’s New York Times bestseller Stargirl (the film adaption recently produced by and featured on Disney+) and the film Josie and the Pussycats, Maria explores how these stories unravel some universal experiences in life, l...

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This week on Story Effect, Abigail Perry talks to Production Assistant Amanda Boisselle and her cousin and fellow The Good Place fan, Michael Lambert, about her favorite TV sitcom, The Good Place. Packed with brilliant insight on how this show epitomizes how to infuse humor with moral messages and why its brilliant cast of flawed characters illustrates perfect character transformation, this conversation is sure to touch the hearts ...

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This week on Story Effect, Abigail Perry talks to Associate Agent Stephanie Winter about her latest Upmarket obsession, The Heard (by Andrea Bartz), and other story favorites, including Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, and poet Andrea Gibson's work. With these, she explores how writers can connect readers to a story with strong characters, plot, and emotions. She also spends time discussing what literary agents can d...

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This week on Story Effect, Abigail promotes five Middle Grade and Young Adult books about black protagonists and by black authors. Featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling black authors writing for teens today, these stories shed light on the teen black experience in America, and provide a variety of interesting tales for girls and boys alike. Add these to your summer reading list, and purchase at your local bookstore or bo...

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This week’s episode of Story Effect promotes children’s books and coloring books with black protagonists and/or that encourage discussions about race. As parents add books to their children’s bookshelves, it’s important to include stories with diverse casts. From board books to coloring books, these six choices promote positive messages and push conversations about a need for equality, giving parents an opportunity to teach childre...

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Out of continued respect for current events, I’m dedicating this month’s Story Effect episodes to amplifying melanated voices and encouraging discussions about race. This week, I share two fiction and two nonfiction books, some of which I’ve read and others that I’m eager to read. Because I want to direct your attention to these authors, this episode’s show notes consist of a plethora of resources about these stories and interviews...

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This week, I’ve decided to delay the episode out of respect for current events. I thank you for your patience and hope you’ll stay tuned for next week’s episode, where I will plan to promote stories and resources from melanated voices in support of black people. I am also actively seeking more black guests for the show, and want to turn our attention towards books and movies with diverse protagonists and casts. If you’d be interest...

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Named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world, bestselling author Jeff Kinney has touched millions with The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and his generous contributions that continually create goodness and inspire reading across the globe. 

In this exciting episode of Story Effect, Abigail talks to Jeff about the inspiration behind The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and how the generic drawings of the Heffley family...

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“The right way to be sexual is the way that feels best to you.” Lisa Wade, an educator and author who will formally join Tulane University as an Associate Professor of sociology and gender and sexuality studies in 2021, discusses her book American Hookup and the new culture of sex on campus. Rising above “misinformation and moralizing,” this episode focuses on Lisa’s rigorous research about the evolution of dating and the context o...

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Although this week I'm taking a break between seasons, I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all my guests and listeners for supporting this podcast. You’re all amazing, and it’s been a great honor to bring you such thought-provoking and purposeful conversations each week. Additionally, I want to share what listeners can expect in season two of Story Effect.

Get excited, because in season two you’re going to learn from a dive...

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“We need to establish a healthy relationship with fear.” Self-proclaimed Horror Editor, Griffin Gartner, is fascinated by how horror stories uniquely reflect today’s culture climate. In this episode, Abigail talks to Griffin about how horror stories are much more than the misunderstood slasher movies some belittle them to be–and how by accurately telling them, people can learn how to confront and combat fear instead of run from it....

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DIY MFA Instigator Gabriela Pereira is an author, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who has changed lives by challenging the status quo of higher education. In this insightful episode, Abigail and Gabriela discuss Gabriela’s experiences living with mental illness, and how Disney’s Frozen finally presented a perfect allegory for bipolar disorder. Additionally, Gabriela shares the becoming of her Do-It-Yourself-Master-Of-Fine-Ar...

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Writer and Story Grid Editor Rebecca Monterusso believes in the balance and beauty of gray zones. In this episode of Story Effect, Abigail Perry and Rebecca discuss how various characters in Rebecca’s fantasy favorites–the Marvel Universe, Harry Potter, and Dr. Who–exemplify this belief, and why using stories to embrace empathy in humanity’s imperfections will change the world for the better. 

Listen to this episode to reflect on th...

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Abigail Perry and Nico Oscoff, Executive/Creative Producer of Good Day Film, discuss the instrumental impact Swami Vivekananda had on the yoga mindset in the eastern and western cultures, and how–in our very beings–we are free. 

Listen to this episode to learn about the amazing hero’s journey of Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk and chief discipline of the 19th-century mystic, and how this yogi’s influence impacted and changed...

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Abigail Perry and screenwriter and editor, Courtney Harrell, explore an eclectic mix of influential stories, including the films Moana and Bohemian Rhapsody and Marie Forleo’s nonfiction bestseller, Everything Is Figureoutable. Learn how these invaluable messages enlightened and empowered Courtney’s life by encouraging her to listen to and understand her Inner Voice. 

This episode will teach you how Courtney transformed her thought ...

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Abigail Perry and Writer-Mom-Pianist, Gail Hayes, talk about a timeless classic that touched Gail’s life, The Cricket in Times Square, and the immeasurable lessons people can learn from music, which she emphasizes through the lyrics of three of her favorite songs. 

Listen to this episode to learn how Gail finds joy in each day, how listening to others can be more important than talking, why small actions are just as valuable as big ...

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Douglas Brode is retired professor from Syracuse University with a deep love for film--particularly westerns. Today, he's published over 35 books (including many on westerns), and has thrived as a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, film historian, film critic, and multi-award winning journalist. In this special episode, Abigail and Doug explore the 1948 classic, Red River (featuring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift), and how it...

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Like many in her age group (and outside of it), Savannah Gilbo looked to the Harry Potter series for adventure, life lessons, fun, and escape. In this meaningful conversation, Abigail talks to Savannah about how Harry Potter supported her during her growing up years, and how fantasy stories like Rowling’s masterpiece continue to reinforce the precious balance of innocence and sophistication in her personal and professional life. 

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Abigail Perry and Brenda Atchison, International President of P.E.O., dive deep into the philanthropic endeavors of this wonderful organization and the importance and value in saying YES.

Listen to this episode to learn how Brenda's decision to say YES rippled her many leadership roles in P.E.O.--a Philanthropic Educational Organization determined to empower women and support continued education. Today, P.E.O. has made a differe...

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