On Writing

Over the past few years, I’ve given several interviews and readings which concern the writing process, and discuss the books themselves. For an overview of my work, you can watch the video created by the K.M. Hunter Award committee. Below are links to interviews pertaining to specific books.

Deep Salt Water

Roundhouse Radio, in Vancouver, hosted me for a discussion of the book. They liked it so much, they invited me back the next day….

My artistic exchange with collage artist Catherine Mellinger was vital to the book’s creation. This article describes that process.

Sophrosyne

My editor, Malcolm Sutton, asked some fantastic questions for this interview published in The Puritan.  I really enjoyed extending the editor-writer relationship through this Q&A.

In this paper, presented at the conference of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (September 2015), I discuss posthumanist philosophy, as explored in the novel and theatre.

Steven Beattie, the editor of Quill & Quire, asked me to write an article about sophrosyne after interviewing me at Word on the Street.

The work of photographer David Maisel provides the visual, sensual and intellectual medium for Chapter Five of the novel. I discuss Maisel’s work, and its influence on my novel, in this article published in The National Post.

In this interview, I discuss the centrality of calligraphy to the novel.  The artwork of Noriko Maeda is included alongside my written responses, published in Matrix.

In this interview published in the Vancouver Sun, I discuss sophrosyne, Sophrosyne, and the process of transforming a philosophical concept into a novel. I wrote this interview prior to participating in the Vancouver Writers’ Festival; as I was signing books, two people approached me to say that they’d never attended a reading, but felt compelled to come because they’d read this article….

In this audio interview conducted by Sean Cranbury — part of his series ‘The Interruption’ for 49th Shelf — I discuss the difficulties I faced when writing this novel.  In particular, we explore why this book “made my psyche cracked a bit.”

This video interview was conducted by my publisher, Jay MillAr.  In it, I discuss the two driving ideas behind the novel: sophrosyne and posthumanism.  It was great to talk with Jay — the person who encouraged me to continue with the manuscript, even when I felt swallowed by its darkness.

If you’d like to hear a reading from the book, you can watch this video from BookThug’s fall launch.  I chose an excerpt from Chapter Four, when Alex awakens to find his mother by his bedside.

In this written interview by Open Book Toronto, I give a general sense of the book and its origins.


Voluptuous Pleasure

Open Book Ontario’s editor Harry Tournemille gave me some great questions in this written interview.

In this video interview, I discuss the book and read a brief excerpt from “What We Do for Money,” the piece set in The Mustang Ranch, one of Nevada’s most illustrious brothels.

My participation at The Ottawa International Writers’ Festival — I sat on a panel entitled “Truthiness or Dare” with Guy Gavriel Kay and Martin Levin — is excerpted in video form here.

Open Book Ontario really loved this book!  They included me in The Festival Series, as well as the At the Desk Series, where I talk about my writing process.

rob mclennan conducted an interview on his blog, delving into the writing process.


The Lucky Child

I was interviewed about The Lucky Child back in 2010, when I participated in Word on the Street.  You can read that interview here.