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”

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”

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”

Talking Tales: Plotting (Episode 4.5)

Guest authors Cary Fagan, Philippa Dowding, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Kari-Lynn Winters, talk about plotting fiction—how and when they plot, how they feel about tormenting characters with obstacles, and what they recommend to those who want to improve their own plotting.  Listen to the full episode here or subscribe on your favourite streaming platform:Continue reading “Talking Tales: Plotting (Episode 4.5)”

Talking Tales: Inspiration (Episode 3.5)

Sep 18th, 2020 Guest authors Cary Fagan, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Robin Stevenson answer the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” 40 minutes. All ages. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, another streaming platform, or right here: Read the full episode transcript: [0:00] Introduction Welcome to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. This is EpisodeContinue reading “Talking Tales: Inspiration (Episode 3.5)”

Talking Tales: Characters (Episode 2.5)

A “talking tales” episode about developing fictional characters, featuring interviews with five guest authors for children and young adults: Caroline Pignat; Jan Coates; Lori Weber; Rachel Eugster; and Amanda West Lewis. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 46 minutes. All ages.  Listen to Episode 2.5: Read the full transcript of Episode 2.5: Shownotes: [0:00] Introduction [1:15] InterviewsContinue reading “Talking Tales: Characters (Episode 2.5)”