Interview with Giselle Renarde

Published 2013-09-29.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Cats punching me in the face. I get out of bed in the morning to feed them, but I stay out of bed because I've got a book to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the summer, my spare time goes to my urban balcony garden. Indoors, it's knitting, quilting, canning... sometimes I break out the oil pastels. But most of my non-writing time is spent blogging and marketing my books. An author's work is never done.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was a kid, I wrote and illustrated stories all the time. As an adult, I'm pretty sure my first story became the ebook "Good Bi Valentine," an erotic comedy about a bisexual building super. I wrote it in pen, on paper. I don't do that anymore.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother still has a cassette tape of me reciting Dennis Lee's "Alligator Pie" when I was two years old. The first book I remember reading repeatedly was "The Secret Garden." I was young enough to feel like I wasn't totally clear about what it meant. I understood the surface elements, but I knew there was something deeper. I read that book over and over, trying to find what I was missing.
How do you approach cover design?
Two or three years ago, the idea of creating my own covers scared the crap out of me. I'm glad I asked my computer geek brother to teach me about graphic design software, because now I love creating covers. I get to put my artsy skills to good use. Simple and sexy it usually the goal.
What do you read for pleasure?
Primarily Canadian literary fiction. I gravitate toward wartime fiction and novels set in the Depression era. I usually have some non-fiction on the go, as well--marketing books, Native Studies, Canadian history, transgender issues, and queer stuff, primarily.
Describe your desk
It's a chair.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. As a result, my characters are culturally and ethnically diverse. Also, I never felt judged or in danger growing up queer, and so my queer fiction might not be as super-angsty or coming out-focused as that of queer authors who were raised in a more hostile environment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is that feeling of "where did this come from?" Sometimes it seems like my books are coming through me and flowing out my fingers, completely bypassing my brain. I rarely feel like I've created my work. I don't know where it comes from. That sense of mystery and awe is the best thing about writing.
How can readers find out more about you?
Follow me on Twitter, @gisellerenarde. I'm on there pretty much every day, and you'll find out more about me than you ever wanted to know. I blog biweekly at Oh Get a Grip! and I'm at my own blog, Donuts & Desires, almost every day.
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