Author Feature: Sean Rodman


#TuesdayTalk with Sean Rodman. Sean’s forthcoming novel, Tap Out, launches this April and is part of the Orca Soundings series. Sean, how do you get ‘in the zone’ when it comes to writing? I’ve learned to write anywhere, anytime. I have a little laptop that goes everywhere with me, and a set of good headphones. My first book, Infiltration, was written on the bus during my commute to and from work every day. A compelling plot is a major component of a hi-lo novel. Where do you get your ideas? Ideas are everywhere–the trick is […]

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Author Feature: Gabrielle Prendergast


#TuesdayTalk with Gabrielle Prendergast. Gabrielle’s forthcoming novel, The Frail Days, launches this April and is part of the Orca Limelights series for kids who love the performing arts. Gabrielle, how did you first know you wanted to become a writer? I started my first novel when I was ten (I still have it!). For a long time I thought everyone made up stories the way I do, but now I know that’s not true. Where do you get your story ideas from? A better question would be where DON’T I get my story ideas from? […]

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Performance Critique Workshop – Author Guest Post from Erin Thomas


Erin’s most recent novel, Forcing the Ace, is a new addition to the Orca Limelights series—books for kids who love the performing arts. —- The other night I sat in a room with a handful of other writers here in my hometown. It’s a routine occurrence—we’re a writing group, and we meet at the library every second Tuesday. We all write in different genres and styles, we all bring different backgrounds and experiences to our writing, and we’re all there for one reason: To make the work better. One of the things I found most […]

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The Evolution of a Story – Author Guest Post


The following is a guest post from debut author Jeff Pinkney. Soapstone Signs, part of the Orca Echoes series, is the story of a young Cree boy who is visited one spring by a master soapstone carver. The carver gives him four pieces of soapstone, and teaches him to listen to the signs and whispers from the world around him as to what to carve. The book was inspired by Jeff’s own travels through the James Bay Frontier region. An Idea Like Uncarved Stone As a tourism consultant living in South Porcupine, Ontario, I traveled […]

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In Memoriam – Joan Betty Stuchner


On June 7, 2014, the BC book community lost a very dear, talented and exuberant person, children’s author Joan Betty Stuchner. Joan resided in Vancouver with her family, where she wrote part-time and taught part-time. Joan passed away after a short but spirited battle with pancreatic cancer. One of her great loves was writing stories, which she did with precision and humor, to the delight of many young readers. We asked Joan’s friend and fellow author, Cynthia Heinrichs, if she would put together a short post in honour of Joan’s memory. Cynthia was there to […]

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A Space Apart – Guest Post by Author Patricia McCowan


A guest post from Orca author Patricia McCowan, whose first novel, Honeycomb, part of the Limelights series, will be released this September 2014.  A Space Apart There’s a certain magic to the spaces where performing artists work. Not just on stage, where bright lights, an audience and performers’ adrenalin combine to charge the atmosphere. When I was an actor, I loved being in rehearsal halls and backstage spaces almost as much as being on the stage. While writing Honeycomb, I loved researching and then imagining myself in the creative spaces where my protagonist, Nat, and […]

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