Posts in Cantastic Authorpalooza


How to Become an Accidental Activist by Frieda Wishinsky and Elizabeth MacLeod

Frieda Wishinsky: How to Become an Accidental Activist

How to Become an Accidental Activist (Orca Books) is the sixth book I’ve written with Elizabeth MacLeod. It’s geared for kids and adults age 8 and up and focuses on a diverse group of women and men of all ... Read More  

Shadow Grave by Marina Cohen

Marina Cohen – The Seeds That Became Shadow Grave

I began writing the first draft of this novel so long ago, its working title was Frozen. Well, we all know what happened to that title, thank you very much Disney! I’d go through several more titles before settling ... Read More  

What the Dog Knows by Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll: What the Author, Now, Knows

For all the dogs I’ve known in my life, I wrote What the Dog Knows. Such a slow and pleasureful project; it took nearly ten years of revising the story and evolving the characters. No one rushed me, I ... Read More  

Dolls posed with a copy of The Dollhouse by Charis Cotter

Charis Cotter – Scary Dolls and Haunted Dollhouses

I was devoted to my dolls from an early age, and my love of dolls has never left me. I think I have about 26 or 27 now … I’ve lost count. Most of them are tucked away in ... Read More  

Unboxing Who's Looking? by Carol Matas

Carol Matas – Who’s Looking? How Animals See the World

A conversation with my grandson was the catalyst that sent me off into the wonderful, surprising world of how animals see. One summer day we were strolling home from the park. I was pointing things out to him: flowers, ... Read More  

Sneaks by Catherine Egan

Catherine Egan – No Writing Is Wasted

Years ago, when my first child was an infant, I swore to myself that I could and would keep writing. I was still working part-time in a restaurant and doing bits of freelance work, but I was determined to ... Read More  

Isabelle Groc: Lessons from Conservation Canines

I have shared my life with cats for the last 30 years, and I could not imagine not having a feline companion at home. I adopted my first rescue cat in Harlem, when I was a student at Columbia ... Read More  

Author Bev Katz Rosenbaum

Bev Katz Rosenbaum: Playing the Long Game

Like many authors, I have many author friends. I also have all too many friends who gave writing-to-publish a shot and gave up after a short while. Some of them went on to self-publish their books. I think self-publishing ... Read More  

The Legend by Jean Mills

Jean Mills: When “Research” Means Mining Your Own Experience

“Write what you know.” Who said that? I’m not sure, but it’s a phrase – an instruction, really – thrown around as a guideline for writers. It suggests you should draw on what you know, mine your own life experience, ... Read More  

Making Seaker by Karen Autio

Karen Autio: A New Story Woven from the Threads of a Classic

All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old. —ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, Braiding Sweetgrass I used the epigraph above in Making Seaker, my latest book—a contemporary Middle Grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) novel. Making Seaker was ... Read More  

cover of Sour Cakes by Karen Krossing

Karen Krossing: Sparking Conversations About Emotions with Sour Cakes

As an author of novels for teens and kids, I’m used to being the sole creator of a book in partnership with a publishing team. When I wrote my first picture book, part of my journey was to understand ... Read More  

Sorry For Your Loss: Funeral Customs and Joanne Levy’s Newest Novel

When I wrote SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, a middle grade novel set in a funeral home, I actually didn’t think much about the science around death. My book is about grief and friendships and what happens to us when ... Read More  

The Wolf's Curse by Jessica Vitalis

Jessica Vitalis: Death and Hope in The Wolf’s Curse

I never meant to write about a story about death; not in the traditional “I’ve lost everybody I love” or the “I’m about to lose someone I really love” sense. After writing several dark and relatively painful manuscripts, I ... Read More  

Malaika's Surprise by Nadia L. Hohn

Carnival as a Protest and Theme in Nadia L. Hohn’s Malaika Books

In my presentations, when I ask my young audiences to define a carnival, often, they talk about the rides, costumes and music.  Carnival is also the celebration in which rich foods are eaten before the start of Lent, the ... Read More  

Mad for Ads by Erica Fyvie

Erica Fyvie Goes Mad for Ads

After I finished writing my first book, Trash Revolution, I found myself continuing to research the broken cycle of production-consumption-waste. It made me think about some of the reasons we become consumers, and why we support the companies we ... Read More  

Picture Book, Tough Like Mum, by Lana Button

Lana Button: Tough Topics in Tough Like Mum

Picture books can be a safe place to have a difficult conversation. A picture book can sometimes tell a hard story in a manner that lands safely for a young reader, and hopefully leaves them feeling inspired. That was ... Read More  

The Beekeepers, by Dana L. Church

Dana L. Church: Doing Scary Things

As I write this, it is less than a week before my first book, The Beekeepers, is released.* I am thrilled, ecstatic, and excited! But to be honest, I am also a bit scared. Will readers like it? Will ... Read More  

I Write Canadian

It’s Almost I Read Canadian Day!

February 17th - next Wednesday - is the second annual I Read Canadian Day! Help me celebrate it by spending 15 minutes reading a book - any book! - by a Canadian author. Read More