Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Ten Questions with Lori Hahnel

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Ten Questions with Lori Hahnel

Lori Hahnel is the author of the novel Love Minus Zero (Oberon Press, 2008). Her short story collection, Nothing Sacred, is forthcoming with Thistledown Press in September 2009.

OBT:

Tell us about your latest book.

LH:

My latest book is Nothing Sacred, a collection of short fiction being published by Thistledown Press this September. Oberon Press published my first book last fall, a novel called Love Minus Zero, loosely based on my experiences in a Calgary punk band many years ago.

OBT:

Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

LH:

Not really, since the stories were written over a period of almost ten years.

OBT:

Describe your ideal writing environment.

LH:

Quiet. Light. Lots of coffee around.

OBT:

What was your first publication?

LH:

I wrote articles and did comics for my high school newspaper.

OBT:

Describe a recent Canadian cultural experience that influenced your writing.

LH:

Is fishing cultural? CBC Radio aired a story of mine that grew out of a fishing trip to the Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta.

OBT:

If you had to choose three books as a “Welcome to Canada” gift, what would those books be?

LH:

Chester Brown’s graphic biography, Louis Riel
Salvage King, Ya! by Mark Anthony Jarman
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

OBT:

What are you reading right now?

LH:

The first book in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy by Sigrid Undset

OBT:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

LH:

A couple of years ago I went to a talk Anna Porter gave about dealing with agents and editors. “Bug ‘em, bug ‘em, bug ‘em,” was her advice about people who may be taking too long to make a decision on your work. I took that to heart and haven’t looked back since.

OBT:

What advice do you have for writers who are trying to get published?

LH:

Make it your goal to keep a steady stream of stuff appearing in magazines. It gets your name out there, and sometimes if editors like your stuff, it can lead to other opportunities.

OBT:

What is your next project?

LH:

I’m working on another novel. I don’t like to say too much about works in progress, but it has to do with 1930s jazz.




Lori Hahnel is the author of a novel, Love Minus Zero (Oberon Press, 2008) and a story collection, Nothing Sacred, forthcoming from Thistledown Press in September 2009. Her work has aired on CBC Radio and appeared in anthologies and journals including Prairie Fire, Room and The Antigonish Review. Work currently appears in The Fiddlehead. She is at work on a second novel and is serving as 2009 / 2010 Calgary writer-in-residence for The Canadian Authors Association. Visit her website at www.lorihahnel.ca.

Read more about Love Minus Zero at the Oberon Press website and about Nothing Sacred at the Thistledown Press website.

Buy Lori Hahnel's books at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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