Author Feature: Brian Harvey


#TuesdayTalk with Brian Harvey. Brian’s debut novel in the Rapid Reads series, Beethoven’s Tenth, launched in April. Brian, how did you first know you wanted to become a writer? I was in the Philippines, doing research on fish. I realized I was taking a lot of notes about people and places and practices. Not so many notes about fish. More years, more trips, more notebooks. Eventually those notebooks outnumbered my scientific records. They were full of characters and places and plots. I took the hint and started writing. Where do you get your story ideas […]

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Author Feature: Michelle Mulder


#TuesdayTalk with Michelle Mulder. Michelle’s new title in the Orca Footprints series, Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World launches this month. Michelle, when did you decide to become a writer? I think I was 8, and I held onto that dream until I was a teenager, at which point I decided it was silly because writers never make any money. So I went to university, did two degrees and decided I still wanted to be a writer, but since the idea scared the pants off me, I decided to first do something that scared […]

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Author Feature: Sonya Spreen Bates


#TuesdayTalk with Sonya Spreen Bates. Sonya’s new Orca Sports novel, Off the Rim, launches this month. Sonya, you’ve written quite a few books for Orca now, including early chapterbooks and sports novels. Where do you get your story ideas from? Ideas come from everywhere and anywhere. Memories, dreams, travel, overheard conversations, everyday life, significant events, family. Anything can spark an idea, it’s a matter of seeing if the idea is worth developing and has the potential to become a really great story. How did you know you wanted to become a writer? I always had […]

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Fiction and Neuroscience – Guest post by author Trina St. Jean


“I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.” Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone, 1921) Everywhere you turn these days, fictional characters in both adult and young adult novels are dealing with brain trouble. Maybe they’ve had their brains altered by surgery, like in YA dystopian books such as The Killables by Gemma Malley, or they’re facing the sudden or gradual onset of a neurological disorder, like in bestselling novels by Lisa Genova. Neuroscience has made its way into mainstream pop culture in a big […]

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Author Feature: Trina St. Jean


#TuesdayTalk with Trina St. Jean. Trina’s debut YA novel, Blank, launches this month. Trina, what’s the oddest or most unusual job you’ve ever had? I wrote personality tests for one of the top online testing sites. Some were serious, like The Resilience Test, and some were just for fun, like The Gossip Test. The other test-developers and I had a blast coming up with ideas and questions. How can you not have a good time when you’re creating a “Bad Party Guest” test? Do you have a routine or ritual when it comes to writing? […]

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Author Feature: Karen Krossing


#TuesdayTalk with Karen Krossing. Karen’s new YA novel, Punch Like a Girl, launches this month. Karen, what do you look for in a good story? I look for a compelling character in an intriguing situation. I want the premise to be unusual or a new twist on an old idea. But, ultimately, it’s the character who will pull me through a book to the end. If I’m fascinated by that person, I won’t be able to put down the book until I’m done. How do you come up with topics for your novels? I get […]

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