Generous and dedicated writer and editor Rhonda Douglas interviewed me for her Busy Women on Writing Books series. We discuss time, responsibilities, dedication, and drive, and I also talk about what I want to do with my fiction.
Chris Benjamin writes about the diversification and growing maturity of Atlantic Canadian writing in “Atlantic Literature in the World,” the cover story for the latest edition of Atlantic Books Today. My novel Constant Nobody is part of the discussion.
“nothing falls outside the scope of Michelle Butler Hallett’s huge talent. In this novel she explores the psychology of fear as few are able and does so with absolute confidence. Temerity West and Kostya Nikto emerge into the reader’s mind fully formed: enduring, breathing, anguished individuals with richly contradictory, troubled inner lives.”
Ian Colford writes a thoughtful review of Constant Nobody at The Miramichi Reader.
49th Shelf asked me for a recommended reading list of Canadian-authored books. In “Courage from the Outliers,” I focus on risk-raking CanLit.
If you visit 49th Shelf to read the essay, there’s also a chance to enter to win a copy of my new novel Constant Nobody.
Novelist Bonnie Lendrum calls Constant Nobody “an immersive sensory experience,” “a love story caught up in the espionage in trudge of Moscow 1937,” and “an exploration of humanity.”
Here’s an excerpt from Constant Nobody at the Fiction of the Month feature at Atlantic Books Today.
Novelist and book blogger Kerry Clare reviews my new novel Constant Nobody at Pickle Me This.
And a complicated love story.
Constant Nobody is set mostly in Moscow in 1937, during the Great Purge. NKVD officer Kostya Nikto is hiding British SIS agent Temerity West in his flat.
Politically, they’re enemies.
Kostya should have killed Temerity weeks before.
Instead, he wants to protect her.
Temerity, astonished by the risks Kostya is taking, confronts the fact she is trapped.
And so is he.
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Christy Ann Conlin and I have a lot in common: approaches to narrative structure and strategy, favourite writers, and thematic concerns.
About a week ago, Christy Ann proposed interviewing me. As we worked on that between other responsibilities, my copy of Christy Ann’s new novel, The Speed of Mercy arrived. Its official pub date is 23 March. I devoured it and snagged a chance to review it for The Miramichi Reader.
Meanwhile, unaware I was reading The Speed of Mercy of quickly — the speed took me by surprise, too — Christy Ann finalized the interview with me. Her thoughtful and thought-provoking questions were most welcome. You can read the interview here.