Author Interview with Lena Coakley

An interview with Lena Coakley, author of critically acclaimed young adult and middle-grade fantasy novels, including Witchlanders, Worlds of Ink and Shadow, and Wicked Nix. Hear about Lena’s love of worldbuilding, her ambition to write a sweeping Dickensian story, and her thoughts on the importance of daydreaming. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here, on Podbean, or from your favourite streamingContinue reading “Author Interview with Lena Coakley”

Author Interview with Robin Stevenson

An interview with Robin Stevenson, author of 29 books for young readers, including board books, picture books, middle-grade novels, young adult novels, and non-fiction for all ages. Hear about her experiments with narrative voice, her experience of losing and finding her way through most of the books she’s written, and the early days of her writingContinue reading “Author Interview with Robin Stevenson”

Author Interview with Raquel Rivera

An interview with Raquel Rivera, award-winning author of five books for young readers, including Tuk and the Whaleand Orphan Ahwak. Hear about her interest in fairy tales, her advice for creating tension-filled scenes, and her childhood fear of the toilet witch. 25 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript: ShowContinue reading “Author Interview with Raquel Rivera”

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 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: Setting (Episode 1.5)

Interviews with 5 Canadian authors for children and teens about their favourite fictional settings, feared real-life settings, and exercises they recommend to young writers who want to develop effective fictional settings. With guests Karen Krossing, Jan Coates, Rachel Eugster, Amanda West Lewis, and Monique Polak. Hosted by Catherine Austen, with a story prompt at theContinue reading “Talking Tales: Setting (Episode 1.5)”