I live and write and teach in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, where I was born and grew up with three brothers.  I now have three sons.  I suspect this is why quite a number of my stories are written through the eyes and minds of boys.

In this particular corner of the world, ocean and river meet, which is why it’s called Delta.  My part of the delta is Ladner, and it’s an oddly prairie-like piece of farmland.  But I’ve only to look north and there are the mountains, lit up on winter nights for skiing. (Where the 2010 Winter Olympics took place–at least the trickier parts of the skiing and snowboarding.)

My life has been filled with turns.  An academic might say it’s been “recursive.”  A kid would say I’ve been going around in circles.  But it’s—so far—been an interesting path.  The one thing that has been consistent throughout is my need to write.  That’s what distinguishes a writer from other folks: the need to put words on paper.  Because really, that’s all it is: just words on paper.

Deceptively simple.



Lake Louise 1967, with my dad and brother

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  1. Hello,

    I know you are a busy person but I have just 1 question and would greatly appreciate an answer.

    At one stage you were an unknown, you had not yet published a book.

    So how did you do it – how does someone like me get that first book published?

    Thank you for whatever it is you can advise me.

    Sylvia Walsh – Doyalson – Australia – walshs55@bigpond.net.au

  2. Hello Syliva!
    Sorry to take so long to get back to you. It’s a tough question. The toughest. There are writers who have never received a rejection slip (Isobelle Carmody, in your country, for instance!), and then there are those who have received many. It’s all the variables: the right book, at the right time, in the hands of the right people…including the marketing people. So if you want to have your work published, you take steps. First, read (and keep a reading journal). Then write. And write and write. Write to discover your strengths and weaknesses, your values, your language. Don’t worry about publishing until you have gained some sense of this, and until you know you can write all the way through projects, beginning to end and re-writing. Take course (that’s a whole other question though! There are so many types of writing classes–those based on “lecture,” those in which there is so much talk about publication; there are workshops and one-on-one tutorials.) You might want to start your own workshop group if you find some like-minded (but not too much so!) folks).

    Then you need to decide–or it might just happen–whether you are someone who likes to write TO or FOR the market, or if you like to write firstly for yourself. (Again, that would be an entire other post, or book even!)

    Go back to reading, when it’s time to send something out. This time, you won’t be reading to learn from the writer; you’ll be learning who publishes what. And FOCUS your submissions very carefully. So when it’s time to find an agent, go through all the amazing lists and blogs on the internet. It’s a relationship, what you have with an agent and editor. And nurture and treat with respect. Don’t waste their time if they’re looking for paranormal and you write realism!

    I’m going to post this, as I simply haven’t time to go on. This may evoke other questions for you. At some point, the process is about luck, but work hard, so the luck knows where to find you. All the best to you in your writing —

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