Getting to Know Dayna Manning, the Author of Many Moons
Juno-nominated singer and songwriter Dayna Manning exemplifies the very best that Canadian folk music can be. Her cool, clear voice, along with her insightful songs, represent a history of Canadian musical art that goes back to the early 60’s and sounds equally vital today. Dayna Manning’s memoir Many Moons is her debut work as an author, and she is already starting to work with several Canadian songwriters on her next book.
In engaging prose as smooth and colourful as her Juno-nominated melodies, Dayna Manning’s memoir provides a window into the world of her songwriting. In Many Moons, Manning depicts her collaborations with Canadian legends such as Burton Cummings, Chris Hadfield, and William Lishman, providing readers with an intimate view of a musician’s life and up-close encounters with some of Canada’s greatest personalities. Manning’s charming debut memoir is a fascinating read, spanning Canada itself as well as a three-decade career in an ever-changing music business.
Join us as we chat with Dayna about her debut book, Many Moons!
Why is this book important to you?
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
What does literary success look like to you?
What did you edit out of this book?
What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Finding the hours to do it was the hardest thing, but I was determined to allow myself the time and space to get this done.
What inspires you to write?
Do you have any quirky writing habits, such as a favourite snack or music playlist?
Read The Book!
How has a song influenced your life?