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ABOUT ME

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I grew up in the 1960’s and it affected my life much as everyone’s culture does -  Canadian Centennial Celebrations, the rise of an actual Canadian literature – real Canadian authors like Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen and Alice Munroe (who I was to read much later), and influences from south of the border – Civil Rights, Feminism, Hope.

Before I figured out that I wanted to write, I fell in love with the written word as a reader.

My first real heroine?  Pippi Longstocking.  She was irresistible.  Her father, a voyaging sea captain, trusted his nine year old daughter enough to leave her alone in charge of the family home.  Pippi was independent.

She could lift her horse (yes, she owned her own horse!) above her head, and carry her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, around on her shoulder.  Pippi was strong.

She loved to flip pancakes so high they stuck to the ceiling, and she cleaned the floor by skating across it on brushes.  Pippi considered traditional female labour a bit of a joke.

She could not pronounce the word “multiplication”, nor did she care to master the subject itself.  Pippi’s respect for society’s institutions was negligible.

Her father left behind a trunk full of gold coins and she spent it on candy for the other children.  Pippi was kind and generous….and very, very funny.

So began my reading career.  Astrid Lindgren invited me into Pippi’s world, and guess what?  I fit.  And it felt good.  And so I read and read.

At university, I studied English and Psychology at the University of Toronto.  Unlike Pippi, I respected the university’s gift of “structure”…and I appreciated being introduced to a wonderful array of writers.

One day, I watched an interesting television program called “The Titans”.  Patrick Watson, a little white haired man at the CBC, sat across from a variety of great historical figures and interviewed each one of them…a  bit like that game we all play:  “If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would you choose?” My current choice is Christopher Hitchens, however back in the day I watched as Patrick Watson “interviewed” Queen Elizabeth I.  I was mesmerized.  Here was a real, grown-up Pippi!

My debut novel features Elizabeth I.  It hasn’t been lost on me that both my literary heroines have striking red hair, but I think that is only coincidental.  Both heroines share many character traits I respect and admire.  I sincerely hope my reader finds Elizabeth as strong, as intelligent, as beautiful, as I do.

My second work of fiction is a collection of short stories entitled Tales of Mother Wisdom.  This book of stories delves into the complex relationships of women....the mother/ daughter bond/struggle, infidelity, infertility, friendship, power and the lack of it, lies, secrets and silence...and much more.

My most recent novel is entitled None of Us Live Forever, published in January, 2022.  It is a contemplative work of fiction about love, grief and whether forever can exist.  Can Love, in fact, conquer Death?

My short fiction has appeared in The Dalhousie Review.  My poetry has appeared in Queen’s Quarterly and Pan del Muerto, U. of T. Graduate English Assoc.  In addition to creative writing, I have written for Maclean’s Magazine, and I have written a number of book reviews and conducted scholarly interviews for Surface and Symbol, The Scarborough Arts Council publication.

In addition to my studies at the University of Toronto, I studied creative writing at the Toronto Writing Workshop with Libby Scheier and Cary Fagan.  I currently live in Toronto with my family.

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