Author Interview with Monique Polak

An interview with Monique Polak, author of 29 books for young people and teacher of English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal. Hear about her attraction to delinquent characters, her commitment to work through good writing days and bad ones, and her ability to recognize a promising story idea by the tingling in herContinue reading “Author Interview with Monique Polak”

Author Interview with Tim Wynne-Jones

An interview with Tim Wynne-Jones, author of 35 books for all ages, including novels, picture books, and short story collections, including most recently War at the Snow White Motel and The Starlight Claim, which is a finalist for the 2021 White Pine Award. Hear about his love of islands and adventures, his aversion to unnecessary back-stories, and his childhoodContinue reading “Author Interview with Tim Wynne-Jones”

Author Interview with Karen Krossing

An interview with children’s and YA author Karen Krossing, novelist and short story writer whose first picture book is coming out this fall. Karen has been an editor, a writing coach, and a creative writing instructor. Listen to her thoughts on sad endings, unforeseen plot twists, and writer’s block. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen toContinue reading “Author Interview with Karen Krossing”

Author Interview with Lori Weber

An interview with Lori Weber, Montreal author of ten YA books including Lightning Lou, Yellow Mini, and Deep Girls. Interview snippets not heard on the Cabin Tales podcast, edited into a 15-minute continuous segment in which Lori shares her love of fictional settings, her aversion to moral messages in fiction, and her unease around squirrels in her own yard.Continue reading “Author Interview with Lori Weber”

Author Interview with Rachel Eugster

Playwright and picture book author Rachel Eugster shares her admiration of Shirley Jackson, her use of Scrivener as a writing tool, and her love of games, stories, and spindles. Featuring interview leftovers not included in the Cabin Tales podcast, edited into a 20-minute continuous segment. All ages. Listen here or on your favourite streaming platform: Read theContinue reading “Author Interview with Rachel Eugster”

Author Interview 2: Jan Coates

A 15-minute episode of interview snippets with children’s author Jan Coates from Nova Scotia. Listen to the Interview here or on your favourite streaming platform. Read the interview episode transcript: Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Jan Coates [1:30] CA:  Do you have a favourite setting from fiction, either your own books or otherContinue reading “Author Interview 2: Jan Coates”

Talking Tales: Endings (Episode 7.5)

Keeping the focus on the subject of how to end your story, this episode features guest authors Lena Coakley, Karen Bass, Lisa Dalrymple, Ishta Mercurio, and Tim Wynne-Jones. 45 minutes. All ages. Listen right here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full episode transcript: Show Notes [0:00] Introduction [1:15] Commentary about endings The ending is the part of theContinue reading “Talking Tales: Endings (Episode 7.5)”

Just Get it Over With (Episode 7: Endings)

A “telling tales” format with guest authors Marty Chan, Jeff Szpirglas, and Frieda Wishinsky. Featuring an original story with an ambiguous ending; a famous twist from Ambrose Bierce; gorgeous last lines and satisfying summations; and a story prompt about a deus ex machina. PG. 50 minutes. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the fullContinue reading “Just Get it Over With (Episode 7: Endings)”

Talking Tales: Beginnings (Episode 6.5)

A “talking tales” episode — all interviews – about how to begin a story. With guest authors Frieda Wishinsky; Sarah Raughley; Don Cummer; David McArthur; and Wendy McLeod MacKnight, speaking about their favourite first lines, their advice to young writers on how to begin, and how they began to write professionally. 45 minutes. All ages. Listen right here. Or through yourContinue reading “Talking Tales: Beginnings (Episode 6.5)”

Picture a Story: Interviews with Illustrators (Episode X)

Interviews with five Canadian illustrators about creating narratives in words and pictures. Featuring guest author-illustrators Peggy Collins, Katherine Battersby, Farida Zaman, Christine Tripp, and Chris Jones. All ages. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript of this episode: Show Notes: [0:00] Intro: You’re in for a treat. [2:15] Commentary on how pictureContinue reading “Picture a Story: Interviews with Illustrators (Episode X)”