Tim Federle is an artist of many talents: Not only does the author of Better Nate Than Never have his YA debut, The Great American Whatever coming at the end of March, but he’s also co-writing the Broadway adaptation of another YA novel: Tuck Everlasting. Great American Whatever is my most personal story,” Federle says, “even though the first two books I wrote were about this kid on Broadway, which was sort of my past life career.”

In the video above, Federle talks about these two projects and how they combine his passions for literature and theater. The Great American Whatever hits shelves — and headphones, if you’re picking up the Federle-narrated audiobook — March 29, and Tuck Everlasting opens on Broadway April 26.