May 30, 2018
Aaron Tucker on Writing the Complex Man Who Fathered the Atomic Bomb
J. Robert Oppenheimer is known for his reluctant but irreversible legacy as the father of the atomic bomb and director of the infamous Manhattan Project. But there was more to the man than the bomb, and ...
May 17, 2018
"They Like to Wander at Night": Valerie Mills-Milde on Crafting Unforgettable Characters
For the women and children at home during the First World War, life was an unpredictable, anxious, and terrifying existence, as they waited for news of their sons, fathers, and husbands and worked to ...
April 12, 2018
Mark Frutkin on Describing Characters and Writing a Literal Devil's Advocate
In Mark Frutkin's The Rising Tide (Porcupine's Quill), it's 1769 in Venice and things are getting pretty strange. From a man with a skeleton strapped to his back to a courtesan with odd stigmata marks, ...
March 15, 2018
Debut Novelist Christine Higdon on Character, Synaesthesia, & the Importance of Names
Christine Higdon's debut novel, The Very Marrow of Our Bones (ECW Press), opens in 1967, with a tough town on the Fraser River descending into panic. Two women - Bette and Alice - have disappeared without ...
March 01, 2018
"My favourite Writing Moments Happen When a Character Surprises Me" Talking with Debut Middle Grade Author Sylv Chiang
Tournament Trouble (Annick Press) is the first book in the Cross Ups series from teacher and author Sylv Chiang (illustrations by Connie Choi). Perfect for video game obsessed middle grade readers, ...
February 13, 2018
"There are Two Kinds of Characters": Innovative Short Story Author Paige Cooper on Character
If you think a short story collection packed full of police horses with talons, were-deer, and time machine-building nine-year-olds can't be relatable, you clearly haven't read Paige Cooper's Zolitude ...
February 06, 2018
Jessica Scott Kerrin Tells Us About the Little Boy on a Bus Who Inspired Her First Picture Book
When Russell's family moves to a new house, he has a great idea: The big tree in the backyard is just crying out for an amazing tree fort. Russell's dad gamely gives it his best, and soon Russell has ...
January 30, 2018
Interview with a Twist: Talking with Jeffrey Round AND His Fictional Detective, Dan Sharp
Lambda Award–winning author Jeffrey Round has gotten Dan Sharp into trouble again. In The God Game (Dundurn Press), the fifth Dan Sharp novel, gay private investigator and father Dan finds himself ...
January 25, 2018
"The Writer’s Ability to Fully Inhabit Their Characters Makes for a Much Richer Story": Talking with Susan Marshall, author of NemeSIS
Sisters have a special bond - and sometimes a complicated one, especially when you throw some parental turmoil into the mix. When Nadine and Rachel's Dad leaves, and their mom falls apart, the two sisters ...
January 23, 2018
"What Keeps Me Going is the Element of Discovery": Debut Author Djamila Ibrahim on Building Unforgettable Characters
Djamila Ibrahim's Things are Good Now (House of Anansi) is the kind of debut that can't be ignored. A vibrant, gutsy, thoughtful short fiction collection, it was called "an insightful and imaginative ...