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Writing. Rewriting. The editor. The agent. The publisher. The road tour. Aftermath revelations.  

Angie Abdou: "That brush with death made me think that I wasn't going to miss out on the thing I wanted most in life because I was too
chicken. In April, 1999, I was in a head-on collision and broke my back. I started writing fiction in May."
Angie Abdou

Having written everything from academic articles to operational manuals for General Motors, Angie Abdou set herself the task of learning to write fiction. Her first book was Anything Boys Can Do, a collection of stories. About her recent novel, published by NeWest Press, Quill & Quire wrote, "The Bone Cage is well paced and readable, memorable for its fresh perspective on the lives of athletes and the obstacles they must overcome." Thanks to Janet Mayfield for helping with the show.

Angie Abdou taped students in her creative writing workshop at the Sage Hill Teen experience in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Music, "Fictional World", from the CD Way Past Midnight by Porkbelly Futures, guitar and vocals by writer Paul Quarrington. Info about books you've loved by Paul Quarrington is a click away.

Topics: oral story tellers; fleshing out background characters, first drafts, turning off the censor, the rigorous edit; books helpful to writers: Natalie Goldberg; the book bird by bird by Anne Lamott; the importance of submitting polished manuscripts to publishers; Humber College Mentorship Program; Booming Ground, online mentorship, UBC; Fernie Writers Conference; The Sage Hill Writing Experience; the literary magazine in Edmonton called Other Voices, writer and mentor Elizabeth Harvor; writer Lynn Coady; scroll down the page to Suzette Mayr, Abdou's editor. Hear Angie Abdou's reading on the Voices of Canadian literature, Authors Aloud.

For a half-hour conversation with Angie Abdou: Listen to Show #28