Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I am expanding a story called "The Lost Boy," which won the 2003 CBC Literary Award, into a novel. The genesis for the original take was a story my aunt-by-marriage told me about her childhood in the Japanese internment camp during the second world war. But around then, too, I had toured the internment museum in New Denver, and, also coincidentally, my mother had just died. Mothers and daughters were very much on my mind. I was able to reach back to the pure origins of a girl's love for her mother (in this story's case, not a reciprocal love). Once these three things came together, so did the story.