As a young author taking care of three small children, Munro learned to
write in the slivers of time she had, churning out stories during
children's nap times, in between feedings, as dinners baked in the
oven. It took her nearly twenty years to put together the stories for
her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 when Munro was thirty-seven.
The Atlantic, December 14, 2001