Sandra Cormier always loved the arts and aspired to be a famous painter one day. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that she stumbled into the world of writing and never left it.
Now a few books later, Sandra is hard at work on her mystery MALLET and is shopping a YA book to agents. We catch up with the Ontario writer in the below Q&A.
NG: Yours is an interesting path: you have a passion for horses, painting and graphic design, and photography. Where does writing fit into the mix?
SC: I don’t know if it was being a Gemini or a middle child, but I had always explored multiple avenues of creativity. My mother was a painter and a singer, but never pursued a career. My father was an accountant. The creative spark came from my mother, but my dad always knows how to turn a phrase. Continue reading →
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by emily m. danforth is the best type of book: heartbreaking, funny, and lyrical. It engulfs you in the emotional whirlwind of its prose, and by the end you come out chastened, seeing the world with different eyes.
The novel tells the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Cameron, who, after the death of her parents, is shipped off to a fundamentalist boot camp to “cure” her homosexuality. It’s a Bildungsroman in the best sense, one that culminates in self-discovery and finding the courage to make your own rules.
I read the novel for a book club last year, and emily joined our discussion via Skype—a conversation that I wanted to revisit in the following interview. Continue reading →