Author Feature: Diane Dakers

Bad Business by Diane Daker

#TuesdayTalk with Diane Dakers, author of Bad Business, part of the Orca Currents series. How do you get into the mind of your target audience? I am considerably older than my 15-year-old character, and I don’t have children. So I have to search inside myself to find my inner 15-year-old when I write. It’s fun because I get to be a kid again! One of the biggest challenges is that the language I used when I was 15 is different than the language teens use today. I often eavesdrop on kids talking to each other, […]

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Author Feature: Jeff Ross


Jeff Ross is the author of two new works of fiction: At Ease, part of the Orca Limelights series, and Set You Free, a standalone YA novel. Jeff, how do you get into the mind of your target audience? Readers in this age group are passionate about what they like and dislike. Which is a consideration you can’t have in your mind while writing YA books. As a writer you know some people are going to love your work, while for others it isn’t going to fit. Which is fine. So, I can’t really attempt […]

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Author Feature: Heather M. O’Connor

Betting Game by Heather O'Connor

#TuesdayTalk with Heather M. O’Connor, author of Betting Game, a new addition to the Orca Sports series. Is there a story behind the creation of your story? Betting Game was inspired by a real-life match-fixing scandal in the Canadian Soccer League, the semi-pro league that the Toronto and Montreal academy teams played in. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Why would organized crime pick a third-division Canadian league? No one really goes to the games. They aren’t broadcast on TV. The scores aren’t even in the sports section. Exactly, said my OPP source. If no […]

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