If you were to speak to my husband or my sons, they’d tell you that I write about the things that worry me: the gist of potential nightmares. And they’re right. However, they might leave out the fact that I seldom lose sleep. I tussle with issues during the day—teasing them apart, thread by thread—until I can weave them into stories. My readers say that I engage, entertain, and challenge them. Autumn’s Grace, my first novel, which addresses palliative care, is available in print and electronic formats at Chapters-Indigo, Amazon, All Lit Up, and through my publisher, Inanna Publications.
My second manuscript wrestles with my worries about ageing and health care. I’ve created a story told through conversations among four seventy-something women who are fit, healthy and irreverent as they tackle a seemingly impossible project. These ladies went AWOL for two years after my head collided with a cement overhang in December 2014. They returned, noisy and opinionated, in January 2017, and then went AWOL for another few months after a second concussion. (Yes. You may insert expletives here!) This manuscript has spent time with a professional editor and is being released to prospective publishers and agents this year.
My third manuscript is also about something that worries me—literacy. I’ve created a bright, little boy whom I adore. He came to me at a workshop (2018) with Tawni Waters in San Miguel, then returned for a five-day seminar conducted by Jennifer Clement (2019). However, work on the second manuscript kept him lurking at the edges of my brain until 2020. Once again, he made an entrance in San Miguel during an intense five-day master class led by Susan Sutliff Brown. Her lessons have given me a sharper focus and a more finely tuned ear. The story will benefit.
The San Miguel Writers’ Conference is a magical space. I’m grateful to have met several talented writers there with whom I still correspond. And San Miguel has taught me that if there is magic to be made, it’s up to me.
(Updated January 08, 2022)