Author Feature: Liam O’Donnell


#TuesdayTalk with Liam O’Donnell. Liam’s most recent graphic novel, Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede, launched this March. Liam, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. My first ones were knock-offs of my favourite TV show at the time, Dr. Who. Today we call it fan fiction. It wasn’t until I was studying media at Ryerson University that I got serious about writing. I took a TV writing course and had all these ideas for crazy kids TV shows. […]

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Author Feature: Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge


#TuesdayTalk with Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge. Jeff and Danielle’s most recent chapter book, X Marks the Spot, launched this May. When did both of you first start writing? And how about writing as a team? Jeff: I’ve been doing this since I was in grade 1 when I wrote my first book about snakes. I still have that book about snakes. Now I just occasionally get paid to do something I love. Danielle: When I met Jeff, I knew I wanted to collaborate on books, just like Stan and Jan Berenstein. As we started […]

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Author Feature: Michael Bradford


#TuesdayTalk with Michael Bradford. Michael’s debut novel, Button Hill, launched this April. How did you know you wanted to become a writer? Or when did you decide? When I was a kid I was more of a reader, and I lived and breathed the stories I loved. It wasn’t until I hit university and met a wonderful poet who was also a professor there that I started writing poetry. I didn’t know I wanted to write stories for kids until after my son and daughter, Duncan and Emma, were born. Something clicked inside my brain […]

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Author Feature: Dayle Campbell Gaetz


#TuesdayTalk with Dayle Campbell Gaetz. Dayle’s first novel in the Rapid Reads series, Disappearing Act, launched this February. Dayle, you’ve written many books for both children and adults. Where do you get your story ideas from? Ideas are everywhere. Everyone has them. We humans have little control over the ideas that pop into our heads. Some we suppress, or try to, grateful technology yet to perfect a mind-reading app! Or has it? Some ideas are quickly explored and more quickly forgotten. A few are too compelling to forget. These are the ideas that linger. The […]

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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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