Telling Tales: Oppel gives wise words to young writers

Popular teen fantasy writer Kenneth Oppel will be at the Telling Tales Children's Literature festival on Sunday. Our teen interviewer chats with Oppel about becoming an author at a young age.
Ameer Idreis, our 13-year-old interviewer and published author, chats with Telling Tales author Kenneth Oppel about becoming an author and advise for young writers. 4:31

Ameer Idreis, a published, 13-year-old writer, is looking for advice. He's had success with his first book, Ewald and the Gems of Time, but right now Idreis is chatting with an author who got his first big book deal at 14. That's kind of a big deal.

And Kenneth Oppel, a popular teen fantasy author, happily obliges in this video. Keep a notebook with you at all times to jot down ideas, he suggests.

Idreis interviewed Oppel just before Telling Tales, an annual festival of Children's Literature, about his start as an author and his writing style.

Ameer Idreis is the 13-year-old author of the Ewald series. (Julia Chapman/CBC)

Along with Oppel, the A-list of Canadian children's authors will be in Hamilton Sunday for the fifth annual festival, a day-long celebration of children's literature.

Telling Tales has expanded to become the largest children's literary festival in Canada and remarkably, it's 100 per cent run by volunteers.

CBC Hamilton is featuring four authors ahead of Sunday's events. We've asked a few young readers from Hamilton to take on the role of interviewer, giving them a chance to talk to their favourite authors about books they love.

Kenneth Oppel is reading from his latest books, This Dark Endevour and Such Wicked Intent, at the Jerseyville Railway Station at 11:30 a.m. and at the Bandstand at 2:15 p.m.

Telling Tales runs Sunday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton.