1. If you were reviewing your own work, how would you describe its style or point of view?
It's very difficult to review or assess one's own work, but I can tell you that my agent compares my work to Stef Penney's and Wayne Johnston's. My editor calls it Northern Gothic, which suits me just fine.
2. Who are some of your favorite contemporary authors?
My current literary crush is the British wunderkind Helen Oyeyemi, who published her first novel at 18 and continues to wow critics and her readers. Jennifer Egan's work thrills me. I like Zadie Smith and Ursula K LeGuin at least as much for their essays as for their novels. Michael Crummey, Alice Munro, Miriam Toews, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Alissa York are homegrown literary mentors.
3. If you were told you couldn't write anymore, what job would you pursue and why?
When the idea for my novel arrived, I had embarked on doctoral studies. Naturally, I chose the most prudent path and wrote a novel instead. I'd probably end up in academia, though I have fantasies of becoming a theoretic physicist or a fine pastry chef, neither of which would likely suit me at all!
4. When you think of Austin, what comes to mind?
I've never been to Texas (though a dear friend is from Houston) but I think of Austin as a university city, a kind of nerdy braniac place. I think I'd like it there.
5. Answer the question you wish we had asked.
About Christine Fischer Guy
Christine Fischer Guy’s debut novel, The Umbrella Mender, was published in September 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in journals across Canada and has been nominated for The Writer’s Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. She reviews for The Globe and Mail, contributes to Ryeberg.com, themillions.com, and the LA Review of Books. She is also an award-winning journalist. Visit her at christinefischerguy.com