For 'The Lobster Kings,' I listened to a lot of Johnny Cash. And it makes its way into the book.
Growing up in Waterloo, the Governor General's Award wasn't something I even thought to wish for.
I believe that art elevates humanity. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of that.
I had not expected to ever be in a position to able to say, 'Hey, see the magazine with J. Lo on the cover? They reviewed my book inside.'
I liked the idea of being a writer more than I liked the idea of writing.
There is a huge tension in trying to write with small children because they demand your attention and your time with a fierceness that can be matched by nothing else, but if you are successful in writing while you have small children, I actually think that your writing is likely to be deeper than it was before.
My daughters are both funny and smart and lots of fun. They play lacrosse, soccer, musical instruments, like to cook with me, and are naturals in the swimming pool. Honestly, though, what I like doing most with them is eating. I've worked really hard to make sure they are willing to try all sorts of different foods.