Eva Tihanyi left Budapest where she was born in 1956 to live in Canada. She has authored five books of poetry, and worked as a journalist from 1978 to 2008, when she began devoted her time to her poetry and fiction. She is currently at work on a sixth volume of poetry and a second short story collection. She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. She teaches at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario where she currently lives.

Short Story Collections

Truth and Other Fictions
(Inanna Publications, 2009)

reviewed by Michelle Reale

Interview with Eva Tihanyi

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Eva Tihanyi: Twelve of the thirteen stories were written over a period totalling 9 months. I then spent nine months the following year working with Isabel Huggan through the Humber School of Writing to revise the ms. The thirteenth story was added at the end of the revision process

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

ET: No, I did not have a "collection" in mind when I began. It was really quite interesting though how certain themes kept recurring in each story. Obviously, my subconscious had an agenda!

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

ET: These are the first and only stories I have ever written, so there was nothing discarded. The order of the stories changed a bit at the suggestion of my editor at Inanna Publictions, Luciana Ricciutelli. It was her idea to put Truth at the very end--and I think it was a wonderful idea. The stories progress in a timeline to some degree starting with the era of Picasso and Brassai, moving on to Billie Holiday, then the sixties in The New York Times Cook Book, etc.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

ET: What does "story" mean to me? What a good question! The word "narrative" comes immediately to mind, but then what is it exactly that one is "narrating." I truly believe "story" is far more than a series of events, in other words more than "plot." And I believe that plot is influenced by character. What happens happens at least partly because of who the characters are. There is a quote in Isabel Huggan's Belonging which I quite like: "...a good story is not about what happens but about the individuals to whom it happens." I'm also very interested in how a story is told. Language matters.

TSR: Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?

ET: No, I don't have a specific "reader" in mind when I write. I do think, however, about whether I myself would be interested in reading what I'm writing.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

ET: I guess I'm always curious about which story people like best and why, and also why they picked up the book in the first place. What drew them?

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

ET: Are they? If so, that's a good thing!

TSR: What are you working on now?

ET: I'm working on a collection of poems and also on a second story collection.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

ET: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver; Degrees of Nakedness by Lisa Moore; Bang Crunch by Neil Smith
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