An Interview with Sarah Ellis, Author of Outside In

A couple of years ago, I was asked to give a talk at a CANSCAIP meeting to speak about the MFA program I was taking at VCFA. At this point I had only met Sarah Ellis briefly during residency, so it was a little nervous-making to have her in the audience. When someone asked me why I had chosen VCFA, I took a deep breath, smiled, pointed directly into the audience and said, “that author” and then probably blushed and giggled. It was really a dream realized when I got to work with Sarah during my final semester Read More

An Interview with Caroline Pignat, author of Unspeakable

I know that I am due for an update and I promise to provide you all with some of the details of the various trips I’ve been on recently soon (including some very poorly shot video by yours truly) but today’s post is devoted to one of my favourite YA historical fiction novels I’ve read this year, Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat. This was one of the books I was most excited about for 2014 because I had loved her other novel, Wild Geese, which I had reviewed for the CCBC a number of years ago. Unspeakable Read More

An Interview with Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Pioneer Girl: A Novel

It is no surprise that I was quite interested in reading Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen who connects a Vietnamese American family to that of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Obviously, there is no secret that the author of the Little House series is among my many obsessions interests. I’ve written about that many times on this blog, but what I don’t think that I’ve ever gone into is my questions around the series and why–a Canadian girl of Jewish descent–finds the series so compelling.  I was interested to see how Nguyen deals with this question Read More

An Interview with Benjamin Lefebvre

Benjamin Lefebvre’s resume is deeply impressive (see his bio below) and his passion for bringing all of L.M. Montgomery’s work and publications about her to the public has led to this outstanding first of three volumes, The L.M. Montgomery Reader. Volume One: A Life in Print. (Volume Two: A Critical Heritage is to be released this Spring.) This collection is not only exciting for those of us who are obsessed   interested in L.M. Montgomery and her work, but it is also a fascinating look at the construction of an author, how the media could shape someone and Read More

Method Writing in February

I’m finishing up an essay this weekend that has been quite challenging for me. I was invited to write about L.M. Montgomery from a writer’s point of view, focusing on how she used writing as therapy, specifically on Rilla of Ingleside and The Blythes are Quoted. And while I won’t go into those details here (you’ll have to read the essay for that, ha!), I stumbled upon something else that I thought would make a good blog post. We often talk as writers about getting into the body of our characters, how they move, observe Read More

Guest Post on L.M. Montgomery’s Research Group

Guest Post on L.M. Montgomery’s Research Group This week I guest blogged on the L.M. Montgomery Research Group in which I discuss the fervour   this month over the bad Anne of Green Gables Cover. You can link on the title of this post to read it, or read it here.