I began in my twenties by sending my poems to small literary magazines in Canada, and every so often a poem was accepted. I did the same with my first efforts at prose. I met a marvelous and generous poet named Daphne Marlatt, who lives in Vancouver, and she published some of my prose in a magazine she co-edited. As with anything else, meeting helpful people is key. I was in my late thirties by the time my first slim book was published by a small Canadian press. The book did so poorly that the press didn’t want my second book. It went on like this, my going from one small press to the next until my fourth book, Small Change, was nominated for a number of prizes. Then I wrote a novel, A Student of Weather, and was able to find an agent and a large publishing house.