One of the best things about being a writer (besides the opium) is doing interviews. Most of the time, it’s me interviewing myself in the car on the way to No Frills, but it gives me the chance to work on my accents (my questions are usually asked by a stern German woman) and I get to answer all the questions that no one’s asked me yet, like, “Why are you so fucking brilliant?” and “Is it true they’re making Caker Cooking into a movie?”
Another great thing about being a writer is that you get to meet other writers. When Jen Sookfong Lee (author most recently of The Better Mother and the best Canada Reads defender ever) asked me to participate in a blog hop, I said sure. Basically, writers ask themselves questions (German accent optional) and answer them. We also tag two other writers. In addition to me, Jen tagged Amanda Leduc, author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men. My two tagged authors follow my Q-and-A.
Are you confused? Don’t worry. It took me a week to get it sorted in my head.
1) Vat are you vorking on?
My third novel. Why isn’t writing books getting any easier?
2) How does your vork differ from others of its genre?
I like books that make me happy and sad, so I try to do the same with my own books. I like adding humour, but that can sometimes be a one-trick pony, so you have to proceed with caution. Bottom line is that I like to write books that focus on the heart and not the mind. Not sure if that makes my work all that different, though.
3) Vhy do you vrite vhat you do?
That’s hard to answer. I honestly don’t know why I write the things I do, only that I’m compelled to write them. It’s like I’m trying to figure out puzzles inside of myself and, through writing, I figure out how the puzzle pieces fit together. Some puzzles are pretty straightforward. Others are a landscape with 5,000 tiny pieces. I’ll be working on those for a long time.
4) How does your vriting process vork?
I pretty much write in scraps, which isn’t the ideal way to work, but with a full-time job, what else are you going to do? Staying committed to a story can be tough over the long haul, but I feel responsible to my characters. Without me, their story wouldn’t get told. I know that sounds weird, seeing as how they’re not real people, but you play these games. Whatever gets you in front of the keyboard at the end of a long day.
My god. I really fascinated myself!
My two tagged writers are Vivek Shraya, author of God Loves Hair and the upcoming She of the Mountains. I met Vivek a few years ago and he’s got that whole renaissance thing going on. Writer, singer, songwriter, photographer and an all-around nice guy. (Not too many of those around these days.)
Both Farzana and Vivek will be posting their answers on their author sites on Monday, August 18, so be sure to check them out.