Author Interview with Jeff Szpirglas

An interview with Jeff Szpirglas, author of over 20 books for all ages, including scary novels, short story collections, and “choose your own ending” adventures. Hear about his love of the horror genre, his interest in dramatic ironing and shifting points of view, and the inspiration for his scary stories. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here,Continue reading “Author Interview with Jeff Szpirglas”

Author Interview with David McArthur

An interview with David McArthur, author of the bestselling picture book, What Does a Caterpillar Do? Hear about David’s preference for first person point of view, his love of fantastic takes on real-world settings, and his favourite scary story. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here, on Podbean, or from your favourite streaming platform: Read the full transcript: ShowContinue reading “Author Interview with David McArthur”

Author Interview with Farida Zaman

An interview with Farida Zaman, author-illustrator of I Want to Be: A Gutsy Girl’s ABC, and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books and early readers. Hear about her love of fractured fairy tales, her dedication to creating a signature style, and her own experience of being a gutsy girl when she chose a life inContinue reading “Author Interview with Farida Zaman”

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”

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)”

Begin in the Darkness (Episode 6)

An episode about how to begin a story, with guest authors Karen Bass, Kate Inglis, and Chris Jones. Featuring an original story, great first lines from classic fiction, and suggested writing exercises. PG. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript of this episode: Or try the Fright-Free version for young listenersContinue reading “Begin in the Darkness (Episode 6)”