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”

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 Amanda West Lewis

An interview with Amanda West Lewis, author of three novels and four non-fiction books for young people, and executive director of a theatre school. A 20-minute continuous segment not yet heard on Cabin Tales in which Amanda shares her preference for third-person point of view, her phobia of scary stories, and her love of Alice inContinue reading “Author Interview with Amanda West Lewis”

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”

Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat

The first of a season of author interviews featuring creative writing advice and anecdotes not included in the core Cabin Tales Podcast. Edited into an entertaining 20-minute segment, featuring writing tips and anecdotes. Today Caroline Pignat speaks about following characters to an ending, overcoming shyness, and believing that good will prevail. Listen to the interview hereContinue reading “Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat”

The Never-ending Story (Episode 8: Revision)

The final fall episode of Cabin Tales is about the final stage of creative writing: revision. You’ll hear 26 Canadian authors talk about their revision process, and their recommendations to young writers who want to improve their first draft. 45 minutes all ages. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. ReadContinue reading “The Never-ending Story (Episode 8: Revision)”

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)”