An Interview with YA Author, Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios inspires. While she was a few semesters behind me when we were at VCFA together, I was always impressed by her exuberance, positivity, and talent. I am still thinking about Something Real–a satire about Bonnie™ Baker a reality TV star trying to lead a normal life–and her love interest, Patrick Sheldon. (One of the things I am very exciting about is discussing this perfect boyfriend with her.)  It is no surprise that the novel released to critical acclaim and won the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discover Award. This past fall, Heather also released the first of Read More

Embodying Character Series: An Interview with Sandra Nickel, Part Two

On Tuesday I had posted Part One of my discussion with Sandra Nickel. Today marks the second and last post in my Embodying Character Series that I hoped you have enjoyed. Sandra and I conclude this discussion with an exploration of how we can connect acting techniques to the writing process, as well as some of the challenges or opportunities that writers have that an actor might not. Mel: Wardrobe, a wig, a prop. These are ways that actors can find portals into their character. What did you find interesting in how Ellen and Patrick tried to experience Read More

Embodying Character Series: An Interview with Sandra Nickel, Part One

It is hard to imagine that it was only a month ago that I had introduced the Embodying Character Series, where–with a little help from my friends–I hoped to explore how acting techniques could also be applied to writing.  I truly enjoyed my fascinating conversations with Ellen Denny and Patrick Cook (currently starring in the Anne and Gilbert: A Musical at The Guild in Charlottetown, PEI) about how they researched and developed their characters. In my introduction, I mentioned that I was partially inspired by Sandra Nickel’s lecture, “Creating the Authentic Gesture: Bringing Acting Techniques to Writing,” so Read More

Embodying Character Series: Creating with Maud

This summer has been a process of rediscovery for me as I tried to dive back into writing after traveling and research for a few months. As readers of this blog know, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking with artists and actors about embodying character. This was so inspiring that it helped me think about new ways of stepping into my character’s 19th century button boots. L.M. Montgomery had started scrapbooking in her late teens. Two of the scrapbooks, known as the Red and the Blue, have been lovingly compiled by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s Imagining Read More

An Interview with K.A. Barson, Author of 45 Pounds (more or less)

I’m 7 years old, my cousin is getting married and we need to find a dress. I’m not sure if it is because we have waited so long, or because I am in a mood but I when we finally find a dress that we can agree on,  it is too small–tight around the stomach. There isn’t another size. Instead of us deciding that I should find another dress (or hire someone to let out the dress) we think that the best thing is to buy the dress and for me to lose a few pounds so that I can Read More

Embodying Character Series: An Interview with Ellen Denny, Part One

I’ve written in other parts of this blog about how successful the current production of Anne & Gilbert: The Musical is and that I think it has to do with the strong cast, led by Ellen Denny who plays Anne Shirley and Patrick Cook, who plays Gilbert Blythe. Briefly, the show is a successful adaptation of Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island (the latter being my favourite of the Anne books) which follows the years Anne teaches in Avonlea and then her four years in Redmond College. Choosing to focus most specifically on Anne and Read More

Embodying Character Series: Introduction

Last week I announced that over the summer I would be doing a series on Embodying Character, calling in the talents of two actors, Ellen Denny and Patrick Cook, and a writer/actor, Sandra Nickel to talk about embodying character. I’ve been so excited about this series because it merges many of my passions, including, writing, theatre, and L.M. Montgomery. As I pondered how I was going to introduce the series, I came up with a number of themes and stories. I thought about my own relationship to theatre which involved high school drama classes, giggling 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

Yoga, Writing & The Final Stages of (This) Revision

I’m about to head into the final stage of (this) revision. I say “this” because it is the one that I will send to my editor (which is wild and amazing and I cannot believe that I get to actually write that!) So I know there will be more–possibly many more and that is okay. It is part of the process. I printed out the first draft yesterday and it is amazing how different and frankly cool it was to see months of work on paper. While I had printed up sections of the book Read More