Where do writers get ideas for books?
Writers are often asked—Where do you get your ideas and how do you get a whole novel from them? I can’t really explain where the ideas generally come from, except my imagination. But I can tell you where the ideas for The Drawing Lesson came from, or how the story came to be. The Drawing […]
The Human Rights Commission and Homophobia
Whenever I read about the battles over same sex marriage, I think of homophobia. That fear of the “other” or the “different” led me to write “A Trial of One,” the third in The Osgoode Trilogy. Here’s an article I wrote at the time it was published. MATTHEW SHEPARD, JAMES BYRD AND A TRIAL OF […]
My husband approves of the other men in my life
And David understood. In fact, he was pleased. That’s the happy lot of a novelist, because these other men are entirely fictitious. (It’s rather like having imaginary friends in childhood.) My main “man” for The Osgoode Trilogy (comprised of Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One), was fictional Toronto lawyer Harry Jenkins. […]