Duck Boy Alchemy

The impetus for Duck Boy started many years ago when I was in middle school. I found middle school years were the toughest I’d ever known. A lot of the difficulties I had during those years I carried around for a long time. Then, I discovered writing. Writing’s kind of like the story of the miller’s daughter in Rumplestiltskin. She was forced to spin gold from straw. Writing is like her spinning. With a little work, I can take bad experiences (straw) and spin them into stories (gold). Duck Boy, in this sense, is my attempt to spin gold from straw. Which is a kind of alchemy, and alchemy is critical to Duck Boy, too.

Over the next little while, I’m hoping to blog about the experience of writing the story, and how it finally became a book, including the wonderful process of working with Bitingduck Press. Where else would a story involving a mallard be published?

About Bill Bunn

Bill’s excited because his second YA novel, Kill Shot, is now available everywhere! Bill Bunn is the author of three books (soon to be four), several essays and articles. He published his first young adult novel, Duck Boy, in October 2012 ( His second book is a collection of grown-up essays and articles titled Hymns of Home, released April 1, 2013 ( In 2003, Moon Canoe, a children’s picture book was published. This book was bought and translated into French by Le Canotier, and released as Canoë Lune (2005). He is currently writing two pages a day to generate the rough draft of his next novel. Bill Bunn lives near Millarville, Alberta, Canada. He and his wife, Linda, take care of three teenagers, two dogs, two cats, and two hives of bees. Bill teaches English at Mount Royal University.
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