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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Author Feature: Monique Polak

#TuesdayTalk with Monique Polak. Monique’s new novel, Learning the Ropes, launches this May and is part of the Orca Limelights series for kids who love the performing arts. Monique, you’ve published over a dozen books with Orca. Where do you get your story ideas from? I get my story ideas from the many young people in my life. I have been teaching at Marianopolis College here in Montreal for over thirty years, so I am surrounded by young people. I also believe in eavesdropping–so I get some of my ideas from listening in on kids’ […]

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Author Feature: Alison Hughes

#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

#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

#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

#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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