Flannery O’Connor described fiction as both canny and uncanny. And I think that is my favorite adage for this most exacting, frustrating and satisfying art. It is a craft, but it is also a mystery — and the interweaving of these two aspects creates the fascination that keeps me going.
In this website you’ll find information on my books, reviews and interviews, and occasional thoughts on writing. Please feel free to join the discussion. Whether you’re a reader or a writer – or both – I look forward to hearing from you.
Thrilled to have won a CBC Bookie Award, for best short story collection in 2013. Thanks to the CBC for putting on this competition. It was a real honour to have Oh, My Darling chosen — first by the CBC producers, and then by the public, who voted for the winner in each category. Lovely to be nominated with Nancy Jo Cullen, Douglas Glover, Lynn Coady and Austin Clarke, such an amazing group of short story writers. I’m holding my breath for my ‘golden beaver certificate,’ which should be winging its way in the mail.
And this just in…. I will be teaching a 5-day course at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) on Vancouver Island, near Victoria, from June 30 to July 4. It’s called “Going Deeper” and will focus on revision — how to take a story into new realms. To find out more, follow this link.
Oh, My Darling has been selected as a Globe and Mail Top Book of the Year, and The National Post (Best of 2013). I am thrilled to have my book on these lists. For reviews from the Globe, National Post, Winnipeg Free Press, Quill and Quire (starred review ) and the book website Pickle Me This — see the Oh, My Darling page of this website.