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1549542_10151951439626156_33940983_nBecause of our dedicated and enthusiastic editorial boards members, we’ve had a real influx of reviews and interviews. To help manage all of the amazing work coming in, PRISM international hired a Reviews Editor!

We’re excited to announce that Anita Bedell is PRISM’s new Reviews Editor! In the interview below, Anita shares why she’s excited to work with PRISM, her personal writing projects, and what Northern British Columbia is really like.

What do you do for PRISM international?

I’m the new Reviews Editor. I’ll be working with a team of diverse talented writers all over the world, offering prose, poetry and theatre reviews and author interviews.

What are you most excited about for your year ahead with PRISM?

I’m excited to read and review books! But I’d have to say I’m most excited about promoting the work of Canadian and international authors. I want to focus on the diversity that is inherent in our huge country—we come from so many different places!—and there truly is a commanding literary presence in our country. And I want to learn more about international authors, their distinct voices, and how they convey the places they’re from in interesting ways. And in this same vein, I’d like to explore the idea of reviewing graphic novels on PRISM, as there are some really exciting stories being told visually.

What do you write? What writing project are you working on now?

I love writing art-house films and fiction. I’m currently working on a novel, set in northern BC, in a dirty boom-bust oil & gas town where I was born and raised. My parents are true Canadian pioneers—rednecks, some might say. When I wasn’t learning how to grind flour or bake bread, I was working on engines, checking trap lines, snowmobiling, or cutting up wild meat on a homemade band saw. I had a baby moose and black bear as temporary “pets.” But the north is more than wild animals and men wearing head-to-toe camo. These are frontier towns with lots of money, parties, drugs, booze, sex, and violence. So, I write about the north and everything it encompasses.

Do you have any strange rituals/habits that help you with your writing process?

I don’t think so! Pacing and talking to myself is perfectly normal, right? I will say, for this novel, I spent a lot of time writing in a remote cabin. No electricity, running water, plumbing, internet… Writing in solitude “off the grid” in and of itself yielded some strange results.

What is your strongest literary influence? Or what inspired you to write?

I wrote my first “novel” when I was quite young—9 years old, maybe—it was printed in pencil, each chapter was a page, and it was about my parents adopting a sister for me (I have two brothers). I have no idea what gave me the idea to write it down, to create a story about my wanting a sister. But I often say the first time I really thought about writing, as a craft and as an art, was when I found a worn copy of Nabokov’s Lolita when I was eleven. I couldn’t understand the words, but their very shape was beautiful.