Author: Steven Galloway
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kamloops, B.C. Our town mascot was Kami the Trout, a rainbow trout with a ten-gallon hat and a set of six guns, holstered in such a way that his tiny fins could never draw them. It's a metaphor.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When I arrived at UBC and took a creative writing class, I saw a bunch of other people who wanted to be writers, and that clued me in to the fact that being a writer was a thing a person could be, at which point I became a person who wanted to be a writer.
Why did this particular book demand to be written?
I wrote this particular book because I was obsessed with the connection between magic and memory, and wanted to explore that.
What is your favourite book of all time?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten?
Pay your taxes on time.
What is your hidden talent?
I am pretty good at setting up saltwater fish tanks.
Who do you admire most?
This year? Miriam Toews.
What song do you sing when nobody's listening?
“The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”
Steven Galloway, The Confabulist, $30.