Categories: Female Authors - Francophone Authors - Novelists - Acadian Coast
Source: Author / auteure
Fernande Chouinard lives in Tracadie, New Brunswick. She has a degree in Education and worked as a teacher, vice-principal, social studies consultant in the Department of Education, and director of education in the Francophone Nord-Est school district. She was part of the team that wrote the first textbook for Francophone schools in the Maritimes, Les Maritimes: trois provinces à découvrir, and the accompanying teaching guide. She has been an organizational development and labour relations consultant since she retired from education.
Fernande Chouinard is the author of two novels:
How has New Brunswick influenced your work?
I am more interested in human relationships than in the locations where my characters are living. However, the environment I am familiar with always slips in here and there during a snowstorm, a sunset, or a train trip. The novel Sans réserve takes place in the city of Montreal, but one of the characters comes to visit the Acadian Peninsula in search of his father, so this corner of the country is never far away.
What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?
The best times are when a reader shares his or her impressions of my novel. It makes me want to keep going and gives me some avenues for improving my writing. Writing is a solitary activity. Contact with the readers is special to me. Book fairs are great opportunities for meetings and exchanges with readers and other authors.
|Shortlist, Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie - 2013||In recognition of: La tailleuse de clés|
La tailleuse de clés
La cohabitation avec Madelaine a été immédiatement difficile. Pas pour moi, pour elle. Nous sommes sur deux continents différents: elle sur celui de la gravité et de l'urgence; moi sur celui de la légèreté et de l'insouciance. J'aime la dérive au gré du courant. Madelaine se débat dans des eaux tumultueuses, planifie, sous-entend, soupçonne, met en doute. La question du bonheur ne se pose pas pour moi, il suffit de tendre la main, de le prendre. Madelaine ne sait pas où est le bonheur, alors elle le cherche partout. Personne ne peut la blâmer pour ça.