Category Archives: Postings

Macleans

In Macleans magazine Dilia Narduzzi reviews His Whole Life: “Hay writes an expansive novel about the meaning of loyalty, friendship, and choosing between staying and going. While there’s plenty to sink your teeth into — the intense relationships between humans and … Continue reading

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Ottawa Launch of His Whole Life

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, August 9, more than 200 people attended the launch of His Whole Life outside the Horticulture Building in Ottawa. I’m under the canopy, like the Pope. The event was organized with flare by the Ottawa … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun

In Tracy Sherlock’s review of His Whole Life in the Vancouver Sun, she says, “This book is about growing up and the events that make growing up harder. It’s about friends and secrets and broken marriages. It’s about doing what … Continue reading

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CBC Books

CBC Books runs a series of short interviews in which authors ask the questions. For instance, Alexi Zentner asks, “What’s your worst writing habit?” My answer: “Rewriting the first page so often it becomes pathetic.” You can read the full interview here.

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Ottawa Citizen on His Whole Life

“Hay explores power of regret in new novel.” Peter Robb’s article in the Ottawa Citizen, based on an interview with me, gives the background for His Whole Life. He writes, “Hay grapples with profound emotions in her books. That is … Continue reading

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Nerves

You finish writing a book and relax for a bit. I finished His Whole Life in March and now it’s the end of June. The book will come out in August. That’s soon. And what always happens is happening again. … Continue reading

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December

A warm house. A beautiful tree in the corner drinking water like a thirsty dog. Our children home. My favourite parts of Christmas are bringing the outside in and the far away close. Our son is home from England, our … Continue reading

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Breakfast Under the Influence

Some writers say they don’t read fiction when they’re in the middle of writing fiction, so afraid are they of unconsciously picking up the other’s voice. Not me. I read anything. Early the other day, waiting for breakfast in a … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Next Stage

I remember glorious Easter weekends in my childhood when amidst the general surge of warmth and sunshine I would find the warmest spot of all and occupy it happily. The warmest spot was inside the family station wagon parked in … Continue reading

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Dear November

I’ve been trying to write a play. I’ve also been trying to find a better title for the novel I’ve nearly finished. The play has to have a big role for my daughter the struggling actor. That would be the … Continue reading

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