My love of words and my desire to create my own narrative began when I was very young. Books were cherished in our family. Playing outside and reading were encouraged more than any other form of entertainment. When I learned to read by myself, the whole world opened up. We received books for gifts and were encouraged to read anything and everything. Before long I was devouring young adult mysteries (Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys), classics (The Three Musketeers and Treasure Island), the Colllier’s Encyclopedia on our bookshelf, and our Children’s Animal Encyclopedia. As an adolescent, I made a point of reading the lyrics on vinyl record sleeves, articles in borrowed issues of Teen magazine, and once, a smutty novel I found on a neighbour’s bookshelf when I was babysitting.
On my birthday the year I left home in 1971, my aunt gave me a copy of Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet. I still have the same inscribed copy. Until that time, I didn’t realize then how deeply my heart ached for deeper connection with my Soul Self. I never expected that my bond with books would continue for a lifetime.
I went on to write and self-publish a poetry book and created several handmade “Chapter Books.” A personal essay collection, creative nonfiction pieces, articles and short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines. I have written a book of Elder Tales called “The Storyteller: True Tales of Enchantment” and am working on a autobiographical narrative that seems to have morphed into a collection of based-in-fact fiction pieces “Home and Away.”
My creative writing is inspired my experiences in the world. Words appear in the pages of my journal and lie there asleep until I transform them into a poem or a story.
Journaling is the ideal medium for my personal growth, and I want to encourage others to use this tool to find meaning in their stories too. I believe my workshops and books are in line with the purpose of my writing. Now, I’ve relaxed into writing for insight and pleasure. As I grow older, I realize my writing is my legacy for family and friends.
I belong to two writing groups and fully enjoy writerly conversation and creative sharing. I am comfortable at readings and speaking from the podium, and am thrilled to share my writing or give inspirational presentations. When the opportunity arises, I enjoy giving my views about the importance of writing as a tool for self-understanding.