(ILLUSTRATION BY HUGO DUBON)

Interview with Tim Ryan

2017 Alberta Views Short Story Contest Winner

By AV Staff

 

AV: What was the inspiration for your story?

The inspiration for this story was a cottage and dock that I used every summer when I was  kid.  I wanted to explore the thoughts that kids have when they face something for the first time — whatever it may be.

AV: Had you been published before? 

Tough question.  I had a couple of short stories published a long time ago.  I consider those stories to be published by a different person.  I then had a very long gap between writing anything creative. I did have another story published at about the same time as “Scottie”.

AV: How did you feel when you won the contest? 

I thought it was a joke when I got the call.  Then I got very, very excited.  My daughter took the brunt of my enthusiasm and did so with all of her 11 year-old grace: “That’s great Dad.  No when are you going to write the story about space elephants and alien giraffes like you promised?”

AV: What advice do you have for other aspiring short story writers?

Take your time.  Don’t rush to get finished.  I think the best parts of my stories happen in the fourth or fifth revision when I finally know who my character is.

AV: What’s happened since your story was published? What’s new for you in your career?

I am working on the rest of the collection of short stories of which “Scottie” is a part. There are eleven short pieces and a novella to end the cycle.  They are all set in the same location on the same day  with intersecting story lines.  I am getting very close to finished.  I hope to have a manuscript done by August.  Then I have to decide what I do with it

Tim Ryan won the 2017 Alberta Views Short Story contest for his story Scottie.

For more information and to submit your entry to the 2018 contest, click here.

RELATED POSTS

The Shave

After Pauls Funeral Amanda decided to shave off what was left of her pubic hair. Already some strands had greyed, some had gone brittle, bald patches had shown up. Enough. In his own way, David Attenborough encouraged her to go ahead with the shave. Attenborough always calmed her. His voice, gravelly ...

The Big Man in Cargo Shorts

Leonard was the first to find him. The man was face down in the school’s outdoor learning space, next to a planter of basil. He was fat, his calves the size of a turkey dinner, his hair a gnarled mess of seaweed. Leonard wondered if the man was dead and ...

Western Taxidermy

Deirdre's mother opened the door when I arrived at the baby celebration. She reminded me of a monkey: short with stringy limbs, close-set eyes, a wide, smiling mouth. Although, unlike a monkey’s, her face didn’t have much expression. Too taut. Too shiny. Details you wouldn’t notice if you weren’t a ...