As part of our second year of fun and frolic here at Canadian Lesfic, we are 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 themes do you favour in your writing?
The themes to which I gravitate in my writing are the things that I believe to be most important in life: the value of human relationships and how the dynamics of those relationships mould and define who we are and what we do.
What sort of research do you do for your novels?
I research on the Internet, through first-hand experience, and even with paper books. I recently returned from a month in England, where I was doing various types of research for my new novel. If anything, I sometimes tend to go overboard with it. One thing leads to another, and hours later I find that I’ve been sucked into “the research black hole” instead of getting on with my writing.
How important is the revising process to you?
Revising is the most important part of the process, and the most enjoyable. Since I usually don’t work from a real outline, my first draft is always a mess, but a very useful mess. For me, taking a fine chisel and sandpaper to that draft is very exciting. It’s where my creativity really kicks in.
What is your astrological sign, and do you think you are that person?
My birthday falls on the cusp of Sagittarius and Capricorn, and I am very much that person. I love freedom and adventure, but at the same time I am a real home body who needs routine and stability. It’s not always a comfortable situation.
Are you a city or country person? Why?
I am more of a country person at heart, although I have always lived in a city. I love the wilderness, but I am not brave enough to venture very far into it. This might be a good example of my astrological sign.
If you could give one great gift to a future generation, what would it be?
My gift would be two-pronged: a clean, healthy planet; and the ability and desire on the part of humans to keep it that way.
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