Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

By I Value Canadian Stories

Season One of a new series highlighting the work, the creative habits and unique perspectives of Canadian children and young adult authors. Listen in as 15 unique writers talk about what sparks their imaginations, tips for young authors and their take on the Canadian narrative.

Tom Ryan is a highly acclaimed author for young readers. Three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020.

In this conversation, we talk about the transition to mystery writing, Tom’s tendency toward being a plotter and some of his writing habits and sources of personal motivation.

You can read more about Tom’s work at

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