Before becoming a writer, Deborah Willis worked as a horseback riding instructor, a reporter, and a bookseller. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the BC Book Prize. Her fiction has appeared in Event, PRISM international, The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review and Lucky Peach. She was a writer-in-residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, and was the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary in 2013. Her collection of short stories, The Dark and Other Love Stories, which arrived this year, explores the ways that love binds us all and the complications that ensue.