I write about the things that worry me: the gist of potential nightmares. But I seldom lose sleep. That’s because I tussle with the issues that could keep me awake and tease them apart—thread by thread—until I can weave them into stories that I understand. 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 novel 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. I was delighted. This manuscript spent the month of June with a fine editor. It’s now in revision. Stay tuned. The search for a publisher will begin early in 2020.
My third novel has been conceived but has so little form it can’t yet be called an embryo. And yes, it too is about something that worries me—literacy. I have created a bright, eight-year-old boy, Joey, whom I adore. He came to me at a workshop (2018) with Tawni Waters in San Miguel, but the after-effects of a second concussion (October 2017) meant that he immediately hid from creative access. Joey returned, once again, in San Miguel. This time he stayed through a five-day seminar conducted by Jennifer Clement (winter, 2019) and accompanied me back to Canada. I am enormously grateful for the magic of San Miguel and the talented writers who led me to this third project. Joey has to wait his turn, however. Revision of the second manuscript and creation of a third one, appear to be mutually exclusive activities.