Author Feature: Alison Hughes

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#TuesdayTalk with Alison Hughes. Alison’s new middle reader, Lost in the Backyard, launches this April. Alison, what do you look for in a good book? I love a good mystery, but I have to say that it’s wonderful, realistic characters that float my boat. When did you first know you wanted to become a writer? I went to university for a long time, studying English literature and law, so I did a ton of writing then. Then I did some freelance writing for magazines. But the fun, creative writing started when my three kids were […]






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Author Feature: Sara Cassidy

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#TuesdayTalk with Sara Cassidy. Sara’s new book, Not For Sale, launches this May and is part of the Orca Echoes series of early chapterbooks for emerging readers. Sara, how did you first know you wanted to become a writer? Keeping a diary since I was eight years old has a lot to do with my becoming a writer. I realized that I didn’t just have to write “what I ate today” or “what I did today”, but could draw in my diary, or describe what a stranger looked like, or what the kettle sounds like, […]






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Author Feature: Reed Farrel Coleman

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#TuesdayTalk with Reed Farrel Coleman. Reed’s new novel, The Boardwalk, launched this February and is part of the Rapid Reads series of mystery novels featuring P.I. Gulliver Dowd. Reed, do you have a writing ritual? How do you get motivated to write? Coffee, paper, emails, write. Basketball, shower, lunch, write. Rest, dinner, write. Motivation? Getting paid. Have you had an strange job in a past life? I drove a home heating oil delivery truck for many years. Carrying a gun doesn’t make you tough. Delivering oil in sub zero temperatures and snow and rain. That’s tough. […]






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Author Feature: Sean Rodman

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#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

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#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

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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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