They’re here!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt last! My copies of After You’ve Gone arrived today! It’s such an exciting moment, and kind of unreal in ways. In the case of this novel, it started out as some vague ideas eleven years ago and, with several longish breaks in the work on it, finally has come to be a book.


Thistledown Fall 2014 Shelfie


Well, if that isn’t a welcome sight! That’s Thistledown’s Fall 2014 books, fresh from the printer. So the books actually exist. It’s a hard concept to get your mind around until you are holding one in your hand. Even then, it takes a while to get used to the idea: this thing, that began however long ago as some vague ideas, is now a book.

So I guess that box will be arriving here before too long! Very exciting.

After You’ve Gone sneak peek

Many thanks to Kirk Ramdath at Wax Poetry and Art Magazine for running a sneak peek of After You’ve Gone in this month’s issue. I’m in great company in this issue and am looking forward to reading it in depth a bit later.

Getting close to the launch at Memorial Park Library on the evening of October 9th. And I’m hoping to see a box of books show up here sometime on or around October 1. Fun times!

Tour de blogs

Thanks to Rea Tarvydas, who has invited me to join in a virtual tour of writers.  It’s interesting to see people’s thoughts on these questions. My answers will be more terse than others. But that’s me, baby. Terse.

What am I working on?  I am about a quarter of the way through the first draft of a novel. Not only am I terse, I am also the kind of writer who doesn’t like to talk much about works in progress. I think you can suck the energy out of a project by telling the story before it’s written. Suffice to say that it’s got lots of drama and weird goings on.

How does my work differ from others in its genre? Sometimes I wonder just what my genre is. I’ve been published by literary presses and magazines, but I don’t feel like I’m primarily a literary writer. So maybe my work differs from other so-called literary fiction because I don’t set out to write in that mode. Although I suspect this is true for a lot of other writers who get slotted into that genre. It’s pretty much the default genre in Canada because there isn’t much commercial fiction published here.

Why do I write what I do? I write what I do because I can. And because I couldn’t write anything else with any kind of authenticity.

How does my writing process work? I usually start with a character, maybe a line of dialogue. Freefall what I think of as ‘chunks’. This can take days or weeks or months depending on the story. When I get to what seems like the end, I take a break, and then I come back and rearrange / rewrite until I get something I like. Then I send it off to my reader, usually (though not always). After getting feedback, or not, I use it, or not, and then off it goes.

That’s how it usually works, anyway.

Hmm, what was all that about ‘terse’?

And I now tag Susan Calder for her take on these questions.

Other writers in the relay include:
Rea Tarvydas Shaun Hunter Samantha Warwick Cassie Stocks Ali Bryan Leanne Shirtliffe Bradley Somer Janie Chang Theodora Armstrong Kathy Page Lorna Suzuki Barbara Lambert Matilda Magtree Alice Zorn Anita Lahey Pearl Pirie Julie Paul Sarah Mian Steve McOrmond Susan Gillis Jason Herou

One month to liftoff!

For those who asked for a reminder closer to the date, here it is: After You’ve Gone launches one month from today. That’s Thursday, October 9th, 7 PM, at Memorial Park Library. I’ll be reading from the novel, and there’ll be musical guests and refreshments. Should be an excellent time!

For those who can’t make October 9th, in Calgary I’ll also be reading on :

– Oct. 30th with fellow Thistledown author Ken Rivard at Shelf Life Books

– Nov. 1 with Lee Kvern and Dolly Dennis at Owl’s Nest Books

– Dec. 9th at the WGA Xmas party at the Rose and Crown

I’ll also be reading in Regina as part of the Vertigo Reading Series on October 20th

And in Edmonton as part of the Glass Door Coffeehouse Series, with Lee Kvern and Tracy Hamon, on Nov. 27th


Consider yourself reminded!