Interview with Sharon Boddy

What do you read for pleasure?
Terry Pratchett. John Irving. Betty & Veronica.
Describe your desk
An old white Ikea model with trestle legs. Propped in the far left corner, behind the lamp, is a dry-mounted and autographed poster advertising a David Sedaris reading of When You Are Engulfed In Flames at a local bookstore in Ottawa.
What are you working on next?
Lobster bisque. Oh you meant writing? A comic novel about four friends who build their dream retirement home.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat Nigel. Otherwise he'll attack me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
1. Making soup. I do love me some soup!
2. Gardening. Digging in the dirt is essential for good mental health.
3. Walking. It's amazing the sights you see when you slow down and open your eyes.
4. Watching the news, documentaries, and cheesy sitcoms.
How do you approach cover design?
The design for Defective came to me while out walking one day. I spotted an ugly, deformed crab apple, brought it home and tried to get it make love to the camera. Not sure how the next cover will come into being.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned how.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Smashwords! They made it easy and accessible, even for neo-Luddites. Until they came along, publishing my own work smacked too much of vanity plus it was a pricey proposition.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting into a flow state when all time is lost and before I know it, I've been writing for 10 hours, the sun has set and I'm hungry as all get out.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Irving, Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett immediately spring to mind. Irving for the way he weaves similar themes and characters into almost every book; Moore for his dead-on humour (pun intended!); Pratchett for always being there when I need to take a break from my heavier book club reading and just want to snicker and giggle for a while. I miss him.
What is your writing process?
That depends on what I'm writing. Non-fiction (work): initial research, notes, in-depth research, interviews, write, edit. Short stories: completely thought out before they are penned or typed. Novels: the current process appears to be Step 1 Write about 100 pages. Step 2 Leave it alone for several weeks. Step 3 Rewrite 75% of it. Steps 4 and beyond are filled with rewrites, edits, recriminations and eureka moments.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. Read this about 30 times. I would love to write a character as infuriatingly funny as Ignatius J. Reilly.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore. I do love me some sacrilege!

Travels with my Aunt, Graham Greene. Because of this line: "Perhaps it is freedom, of speech and conduct, that is really envied by the unsuccessful, not money or even power."

Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris. Dinah the Christmas Whore and Sedaris dressed as an elf at Macy's department store. Who could ask for more?

The World According to Garp, John Irving. Irving always reminds me that, sometimes, I need to stop building shelves.
Published 2016-02-11.
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Books by This Author

Give Me A Fish! And Other Stories That Are Perfect For Even The Shortest Toilet Or Public Transit Trips
Price: Free! Words: 15,010. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
(5.00)
You're a busy 21st Centurian. You don't have time to read long novels or epic poems. What you need is a selection of shorter works, stories that can be read during those wait times that inevitably occur throughout one's day. The stories in Give me a fish! are designed for an efficient reading experience. Not convinced? Next time you're in line at the coffee shop, download it and see for yourself.
Defective
Price: Free! Words: 47,060. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(3.00)
History had been erased. Into a land eroded by catastrophes, came an evolutionary change, a mutation that made humans perform in ways they'd never done before, good and bad. Those who survived learned to fear the abilities of those who carried the gene and banished any who displayed the slightest difference. As time went on, the gene appeared to die out. But it wasn't entirely gone.