All this week, I have been guest editor on the Canadian National Post‘s book blog, The Afterword. I wrote four posts for them about writing, reading, and the inspiration behind a few of the stories in Instruction Manual For Swallowing. Here are the links:
How Paul McCartney taught me to stop worrying and love zombies: on killing zombies with pencils, and the starting point of my story Meaty’s boys.
My sushi plate epiphany: how my childhood phobia of public speaking was the starting point for a story about a man saved from infidelity by a bout of vomiting.
The best day of your life? On childbirth, Serpico, and my story about a couple pregnant with 37 foetuses.
Writing in books: On signing Kindles, writing in books, and worrying about all the books lost to my memory.