My new book, You Are Not Needed Now, is a collection of short stories. Many of these stories are strange, in a way that I hope people will enjoy. There’s the city full of severed hands, the pregnant arsonist loose in the woods, the tooth-collecting witch … Yeah. Oddly, much closer to “realist” fiction than you’d expect, though that might say a fair bit about my world-view.
Read Stephen W. Beattie’s review of You Are Not Needed Now in The Globe & Mail!
My second novel, Whitetail Shooting Gallery, was published in 2012, and was a finalist for both the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year and the ReLit Prize in 2013.
My first novel, Stolen, was published in 2006. It won Saskatchewan Book Awards for First Novel and Novel from Saskatoon, and resulted in my being named the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer of 2007. Stolen was nominated for the Giller Prize and the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was a “best of the year” choice in the Globe & Mail.
What I do when I’m not writing:
Many years ago, I decided I liked school and wanted to live there. After I finished high school in rural Saskatchewan, I attended the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) for my B.A., started my M.A. at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St John’s) before migrating back to the U of S. I taught Gender Studies at the U of S and ESL in Seoul and Jinju, South Korea. Migrated thence to Winnipeg to do my PhD at the University of Manitoba. I’ve taught English and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.
The universe calls out and we go where it leads. In the summer of 2012, I tilted my head, listened, and gathered up home and family for a long trek northwest. I now live in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I teach English and creative writing at Grande Prairie Regional College. I have great students, and I edit The Waggle magazine.