As part of our second year of fun and frolic here at Canadian Lesfic, we will be posting a series of author interviews. From time to time you will have the opportunity to learn more about what the members of the Admin. Team and other authors have to say about writing, and about themselves. Enjoy!
What do you want your readers to take from your novels?
I hope that my novels portray lesbian women in a positive light. Lesbians have issues, as does everyone. These issues make the backbone of any story. That said, I want the message of my novels to be that lesbian woman are strong, stable and capable members of society.
Do you feel a niche writer can move easily into mainstream writing?
No, I don’t and this worries me. As long as we write for just the lesbian community, we marginalize ourselves and our work. When we start to write novels for the mainstream that just happen to have lesbian characters in them, then we’ll have taken a big step forward, I feel.
Do Canadians have a unique writing style?
Yes, we do. That unique style has been governed both by our environment and the arts community who rigidly governs who is recognized as a worthy author in Canada. In a way that has been good, the high standards set by the Canadian arts establishment has meant that for a small country we have produced some amazing authors. It has also, unfortunately, created a limited style. Canadian writing tends to be beautifully written, highly symbolic and meaningful and depressing as hell. There are exceptions, particularly among playwrights, but I can’t see another Steven Leacock rising to fame in Canada at the moment.
What is the most sensitive part of your anatomy?
I sincerely hope it’s my heart. I’d like to get through life having done more good than harm, having loved rather than hated and having written novels that reflect my love for the amazing diversity and beauty of this little planet.
What object would you grab if your house was on fire?
Yikes! I’d be running around in circles in a panic! My art collection! My artifacts! My leather books! The first things I’d rescue would be my cats, Marmalade and Jam Butty. I’d like to think they’d be grateful, but they wouldn’t. They’d think it was their right.
What would be the perfect romantic moment?
That moment when the world stands still and there is only the two of you, knowing in your hearts that you are one now and forever.
Visit Anne at her author page.