In Your Own Words: Christine Fischer Guy

Christine Fischer Guy is a novelist and writer in Toronto who has bullfrogpowered her home since 2008. In 2014, Fischer Guy published her first book, The Umbrella Mender—a fictional retelling of a real-life tuberculosis epidemic in 1950s Moose Factory, Ontario. Here, she speaks with Bullfrog about how she writes and why she chooses green energy.

My writing process involves reading and researching until characters and scenes begin to emerge. Sometimes a story begins with a character who nudges me toward the research I need to support the story. The inspiration for the The Umbrella Mender came from a set of memoirs written by my greatuncle, Dr. Barclay McKone—a pioneer in TB medicine in Canada.

Researching that time period also unearthed historical accounts of Indigenous communities in Canada. Some information I found was devastating: history about residential schools, for example, that we weren’t taught in schools.

I’ve just finished the first draft of a new novel. I’m too superstitious to say much about it, but I can tell you that it’s about music and that I’ve been studying piano myself to support the research. I’m pretty chuffed to have learned Bach’s Prelude in C.

Years ago, I worked on a project that showcased hydrogen as a renewable energy source for homes. That project convinced me that we need to be moving away from fossil fuels, so when I heard about Bullfrog Power, I knew it was something I wanted to support. We need to vote with our dollars about energy production and the future we want to build for the generations after us.

Christine’s interview was originally published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Bullfrog Buzz.