Carol Windley, author of ‘Home Schooling’


What motivates me, I think, is a desire to capture something of human experience in language. Fiction works like a mirror that reflects our moral and emotional truths and it’s one of the few ways available to us to get a glimpse into someone else’s interior life.

— Carol Windley, Conversations with Writers, November 26, 2006.

Award-winning author, Carol Windley was born in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

She grew up in British Columbia and Alberta and has worked as a radio station copy writer, a librarian and as a creative writing instructor at Malaspina University College in Nanaimo, where she now lives.

Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, in The Journey Prize Anthology and on several occasions in Best Canadian Stories.

Her books include the award-winning collection of short stories, Visible Light, the acclaimed novel, Breathing Underwater, and Home Schooling which has been shortlisted in this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In an interview which appears in Conversations with Writers, Carol Windley speaks about her latest collection of short stories and the challenges short story writers face.

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