How do the foothills of southern Alberta
inspire author Sophie Stocking?
Hello! My name is crystal fletcher. If you're new to all about canadian books Welcome! And, if you’re returning, Welcome Back! This week’s guest is Sophie Stocking.
Sophie has a very diverse career—social work, architecture, and motherhood. She also pursued fiction at the Alexandra Writer’s Centre and at the University of Calgary.
We chatted about Sophie’s collection of short stories Walking Leonard & Other Stories, which was published by Guernica Editions.
These stories depict unspoken pivot points in the lives of ordinary people. Themes include responsibility and violation between parent and child, nature as a protective force, and the shucking off of various selves in the process of a lifetime. The stories spring from the foothills of southern Alberta, specifically Calgary, and some even more specifically from the historic neighbourhood of Bowness.
And, there's more...
Also included in this interview is some fabulous advice for writers. Sophie says..."ignore some of the advice that's out there!" (love this :))
I hope you enjoyed our interview and Sophie's reading from Walking Leonard and Other Stories. To learn more about Sophie