YA

Category: YA

When I was in the preteen phase of my life-long addiction to rock n' roll, my Dad came home from work one weekend with a massive Bell and Howell reel to reel tape recorder. It was love! I held the taxi dispatcher microphone up to the speaker of our home stereo/credenza and recorded songs off the radio creating my first mixtapes.

The Story of Red Wolf

Posted on February 20 by Jennifer Dance

My husband and I migrated to Canada in 1979. We were a young bi-racial couple, searching for a place where our children could achieve their full potential regardless of skin colour. But my husband died shortly after arriving in Canada, and suddenly I was alone in a new country with two pre-schoolers and a third child on the way. It was then that I learned about the Indian Residential School System, and the Indian Act that enabled it.

Life Like Characters

Posted on February 19 by Kristin Butcher

My favourite novels are those with complex characters who come alive and make me love them, despise them, fear them, or feel sorry for them. They are so compelling that I am left thinking about them long after I've closed the book. So, it's only natural that I strive to create exactly those types of characters in the books I write. In my recent novel, Truths I Learned from Sam, I really feel I have achieved that. It's been a year and a half since I finished writing the book, but I still find myself thinking about Dani and Sam.

My Writing Process

Posted on January 29 by Lucy Leiderman

I consider myself an organized person. When I try to develop an idea for a book, I like to plan everything out. The whole story arc develops as I lay out every chapter and create a plan for writing and staying on schedule. If I don't have a checklist of things I need to take my characters though, I find my writing really slows down and drifts. That being said, the most important thing I know about making a writing plan, is that you need to be flexible. Maybe the plan happens exactly as you lay it out for some writers, but that's never happened to me. 

Interview with Philippa Dowding, author of The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden thumbnail

Today Philippa Dowding, author of The Lost Gargoyle series, sits down with me to talk about her new book The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

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