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Author Interview with Lena Coakley

An interview with Lena Coakley, author of critically acclaimed young adult and middle-grade fantasy novels, including Witchlanders, Worlds of Ink and Shadow, and Wicked Nix. Hear about Lena’s love of worldbuilding, her ambition to write a sweeping Dickensian story, and her thoughts on the importance of daydreaming. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here, on Podbean, or from your favourite streamingContinue reading “Author Interview with Lena Coakley”

Author Interview with Cary Fagan

An interview with Cary Fagan, multi-award-winning author of over 40 books, including short story collections, picture books, middle-grade novels, and adult novels. Hear about his typically lengthy revision process, his love of texts within texts, and his experiments with narrative voice and how he has come to look differently at the idea of rules for writingContinue reading “Author Interview with Cary Fagan”

Robin Stevenson

Author Interview with Robin Stevenson

An interview with Robin Stevenson, author of 29 books for young readers, including board books, picture books, middle-grade novels, young adult novels, and non-fiction for all ages. Hear about her experiments with narrative voice, her experience of losing and finding her way through most of the books she’s written, and the early days of her writingContinue reading “Author Interview with Robin Stevenson”

Author Interview with Raquel Rivera

An interview with Raquel Rivera, award-winning author of five books for young readers, including Tuk and the Whaleand Orphan Ahwak. Hear about her interest in fairy tales, her advice for creating tension-filled scenes, and her childhood fear of the toilet witch. 25 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript: ShowContinue reading “Author Interview with Raquel Rivera”

Author Interview with Ishta Mercurio

 An interview with Ishta Mercurio, author of the picture book, Small World, and co-author of the non-fiction picture book, Bite into Bloodsuckers. Hear about her favourite first lines, her love of characters that push the boundaries of expectations, and her penchant for telling truths through metaphors. 25 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favourite streaming platform:Continue reading “Author Interview with Ishta Mercurio”

Philippa Dowding

Author Interview with Philippa Dowding

An interview with Philippa Dowding, award-winning author of 13 books for middle-grade readers, including Oculum, Firefly, and Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet. She is also a poet, a musician, and a copywriter. Hear about her attraction to weird plot possibilities, her occasional tendency to spook herself while writing, and her encounter with a gargoyle in a curiosity shop that helpedContinue reading “Author Interview with Philippa Dowding”

Author Interview 10: Wendy McLeod MacKnight

An interview with Wendy McLeod MacKnight, author of three books for middle-grade readers, who shares her habit of drafting quickly and revising painstakingly, her advice on getting to know your characters before you write them, and her delighted surprise at discovering Voldemort under Quirrell’s turban. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favouriteContinue reading “Author Interview 10: Wendy McLeod MacKnight”

Author Interview with Amelinda Bérubé

Amelinda Bérubé, author or spooky YA novels The Dark beneath the Ice and Here There are Monsters, shares her favourite plot twists, books and characters, her interest in unreliable narrators, and her love of the Canadian landscapes that inspire her stories. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript: Show NotesContinue reading “Author Interview with Amelinda Bérubé”

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