Myna Wallin was interviewed as part of The Toronto Quarterly’s Five Questions Series.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
TTQ- Your first novel Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar was recently published through Tightrope Books. What was your primary premise for writing the book and would you consider it an accurate depiction of the dating scene for middle-aged women today? Should we expect another book of poetry from you anytime soon?
MW- I didn’t start with a primary premise at all. I had a collection of short stories about dating/relationships featuring different male characters—a veritable revolving door of men—which all centered on a single female. It was my publisher and editor, Halli Villegas, who showed me that what I really had was connecting stories that could be channeled into a novel. It’s not meant to be an accurate depiction of the dating scene. I deliberately set it up, emphasizing some of the more outrageous, sad and funny things that happen to my protagonist. And yet, I have heard quite a few women—of varying ages—who said that I got it exactly right, that they identified totally. I have also heard from men who have enjoyed this book, too!