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 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 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 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”

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)”

Talking Tales: Tension (Episode 5.5)

Interviews with Canadian children’s and YA authors on the subject of tension and how to make a reader turn the page. With guest authors Kate Inglis, Lisa Dalrymple, David McArthur, Jeff Szpirglas, and Marty Chan. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 40 minutes. All ages.  Listen right here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript of this episode. Shownotes: [0:00]Continue reading “Talking Tales: Tension (Episode 5.5)”

Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)

A “telling tales” episode about ways to build tension in fiction, with stories, excerpts, and prompts. Featuring guest authors Lena Coakley, Sarah Raughley, and Don Cummer. 45 minutes. PG.  Listen to the full episode right here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the episode transcript: Listen to the “Fright-free” version of “Squirm” (not soContinue reading “Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)”

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)”