Guesting on Margrét Helgadóttir’s blog to talk about “Mindswitch”

Mindswitch by Chris Galvin NguyenNorwegian-Icelandic writer Margrét Helgadóttir recently extended a kind invitation to write a guest post on her blog. She was curious about my inspiration for my story Mindswitch in the anthology Impossible Spaces (Hic Dragones, 2013). She also asked about how and why I write short stories. I was happy to accept, and in doing so, to join the Impossible Spaces Blog Tour.

Hope you’ll drop by Margrét’s blog to read my post. I’ve written a bit about what happened when I decided to change my main character from male to female, and how, when I named her Hiền (Vietnamese name meaning gentle, mild, sweet or meek), this gave me the rest of the story. I also discuss the immigrant experience, which can in itself be an impossible space.

Warmest thanks to Margrét, for inviting me to write a guest post on her blog. Margrét also has a story, Shadow, in the anthology, which she recently talked about in a guest post on Rachel Yelding’s blog. Rachel is yet another contributor to Impossible Spaces. Do click the Blog Post image below, which will warp you over to the links to all the guest posts by the contributors taking part.

Praise for Impossible Spaces:
An important collection that every fan of short stories, be they ghostly, strange or weird, should read.M.R. Cosby

Impossible Spaces Blog Tour


About Chris

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer with one foot in Canada and the other in Viet Nam. She writes mostly about food, nature, and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her writing and photographs have appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently wrapping up the final edits on a book of personal and food essays about living in Viet Nam. When not writing, Chris can usually be found in the garden, the kitchen, or the middle of a good book. Sometimes, all three practically at once.
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One Response to Guesting on Margrét Helgadóttir’s blog to talk about “Mindswitch”

  1. It was a pleasure to host such a lovely post. Thank you so much. I loved the story, so I was delighted to hear more about it. Intriguing that you changed the main character this much. :)

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