Author Feature: Sylvia Taekema


#TuesdayTalk with Sylvia Taekema. Sylvia’s new middle reader, Ripple Effect, launches today! Sylvia, you’ve written two books for kids ages 8-11. How do you get into the mind of your target audience? Kids this age are great because they tell it like it is. They tell you what they love about a story and they tell you what they don’t. I love to spend time with children in this age group. They are fun, energetic and enthusiastic and they are always ready for more. My experiences with them in the classroom as a supply teacher […]

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Author Feature: Darren Groth


#TuesdayTalk with Darren Groth. Darren Groth’s YA novel, Are You Seeing Me? launches this month. Darren, what inspired you to write Perry and Justine’s story? Anyone who’s spent any time with me knows I am Dad to a set of twins: one girl, one boy. My daughter is ‘neurotypical’, which is how people in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community sometimes refer to regular, everyday kids who do not have autism. She is amazing. She plays trumpet, creates short animated films and adores The Hunger Games. My son, who is three minutes younger than my […]

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Author Feature: Lorna Crozier


#TuesdayTalk with Lorna Crozier Lorna’s new board book, So Many Babies, launches this month. What inspired you to write for babies and very young children? I have six grandchildren, all who live within half an hour of our house. Two are babies. Those are who I keep in mind when I’m writing board books. Is there a story behind the creation of your book?  I wrote So Many Babies after seeing babies everywhere I went–in stores, cafes, libraries, cars, planes, etc. I then began to imagine animal babies rather than human and wrote about where […]

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Author Feature: Melanie Jackson


#TuesdayTalk with Melanie Jackson. Melanie’s most recent Orca Currents novel, Eye Sore, launched this May. When did you decide to become a writer? From the word go. My mother read to me, and I got into stories at an early age. I remember being so angry with Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters that I swatted the page they were pictured on. Stories were everything to me. Here’s a shout-out thank you to the CBC for inspiring me in another way. When I was young, they had a TV show called Time for Adventure. It always began with […]

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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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