Sarah Raymond is a writer and artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her young adult novel, Signs of Martha, comes out in spring 2011 with Great Plains Publications. Scroll on down for musings on writing, art and other perils of domestic life. Homemade drawings included.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Brainpicking Children's Author Karen Rankin

Karen Rankin is a Toronto teacher and writer of children's stories. She writes for CM ( and is currently working on a young adult novel, Stepping Into Traffic. Delve into Karen's writer-brain here.

Best time and place to write:
Anytime in front of a computer, but I'm happy with a napkin in a coffee shop, too.

Author you wish you had for a high school English teacher:
At the time, Margaret Lawrence. Now: Rohinton Mistry.

Favourite background noise for writing:

Views on flossing:
Deeply religious.

Grammar pet peeve:
None, really. I’ve read too many wonderful stories written by people for whom English is a second, third or fourth language. I can’t get peeved.

Biggest obstacle to getting the writing done:

Favourite writing tool:
Computer, but I'm ashamed. It comes more easily when I use a pen, but I'm too lazy to transcribe.

Literary character you'd like to have for dinner:
Dawsey Adams. I was sorry when the (epistolary) novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (M. A. Shaffer and A. Barrows) ended. I wanted to stay in touch with the characters, especially Dawsey.

Alternate universe you'd like to visit:
Occasionally I wish to be "beamed up", not that I really want to go anywhere else, I just get fed up with being here.

Thoughts on aliens:

Depends on where they're from. If they're the same kind of aliens as me, then I believe in them.

1 comment:

  1. Get that novel out there, Karen Rankin! It's fabulous!