I'm passionate about literature and confess to an almost lifelong love affair with the muse. It’s a given, then, that I’m an introvert and spend much time living in my head. I was raised in a family that loved music, literature, compassion, humour and the spiritual. And it was a family that acknowledged and lived the copious complexities of family dynamics. My entire childhood took place in the cauldron of the Saskatchewan prairies, a harsh, isolated province in boundless Canada.
Living my adult life in the far more cosmopolitan southern Ontario, my vocation of motherhood and various careers as teacher, social worker, private counsellor and website designer became further fodder for my writing. I perceive writing as the energetic combination of attention, imagination, eccentricity, music, perception and solitude.
Even though I’d always written privately for my personal expression, healing, enjoyment and sheer exhilaration of or gratification for creativity, a novel began to write itself in the early part of the new millennium. I was side-swiped, happily so! And then came the difficult years. How could I then return to my writing after an illness-in-the-family disruption that lasted from 2007 to 2013? But it happened and coincided perfectly with the serendipitous intersection of my writing and Creativia Publishing. And now we have a history. Antonia Of Venice was the first book published. It hit the top charts for literary fiction in the U.K. and Italy. Cancerwords and I am Keats as you are (the posthumous publication of my son’s writings) came next. After The Interlude will be published soon. And I’m currently proofing Mudlarks And Meadowlarks. Never fear – I have another novel to return to, El Chal.
Along with writing, my passions include photography, ancient history, light, the soul, physics, family life and deep friendships. I love seclusion and thrive in my environment of music, Venetian glass and windows to gardens and historic stone buildings in Guelph and to nature's cathedrals on the northern shores of Lake Huron. I happen to be Canadian with roots in England and France and a heart in Italy.