As a writer
I am fulfilled when creating poetry, stories, characters, and situations
which before never existed outside my imagination. I was born and
raised by my parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I often describe
myself as one who tends to do everything backward. At a very early
age I married and before long my two daughters arrived. Having only
a high school education I waited until my children were grown before
going back to school. I attended University of Toronto and later
graduated from Transformational Arts College. For the past fourteen
years I have lived in Elliot Lake, Ontario but in the past I have
lived in Toronto and its suburbs; Prince Edward Island and in New
Zealand. I have also enjoyed other international travel but as a
tourist in countries including Thailand; Korea; Bahamas; Bermuda;
Columbia, Puno and Cartagena in South America. I have held several
jobs throughout my life; primarily the positions of legal transcriptionist;
teacher and psychospiritual practitioner in private practice.
I always wanted to write and I did write in a small way as a hobby
but I never made any attempt at publication. It was not until I
retired at an uncertain age that I finally made the promise to myself
that I would fulfill my dream of being an author. Since that day
I have worked very hard though it does not feel like work. I love
creative writing and how can something one loves so much be classified
as work? I have written novels, novellas, short stories, some of
which are in anthologies, and some, like Daniel, which dare to stand
alone. Drawing on my experience as a teacher/therapist I put together
what is so far my only book on personal growth. The majority of
my short stories deal with social issues. I have no diplomas or
degrees in creative writing. I have only the imagination and the
desire to allow the wonderful characters I create the freedom to
express and the time to tell their stories. I do my best to keep
up with the characters and I hope others enjoy reading what I write."
Poetry, for me, is a pleasurable challenge; one that I want to meet.
The writing of poems is something my mother loved to do and I remember
as a child being taught, "It's not poetry if it does not rhyme".
Perhaps this is why rhyming seems to come easy for me but to write
free verse; there is my mountain to climb. I am climbing, albeit
using baby steps, but I am always thrilled when I meet with even
the slightest poetic success. This encourages me to keep trying.
- Diploma - Transformational Arts College, Toronto
Awards and Publication:
..Certificates of Poetic Achievement
awarded for the following poems published by White Mountain Publications:
- Sylvan Jottings - poem "Silent Thunder"
- Moments in Time - poem "What If"
- Scripted Inspiration - poem "Inspiration"
- Arising From The Mist - poems "Eleven, Eleven"; "To
Be a Daniel"; "In The Mirror"
- Spirits in Stone - Poem - "Mustard on a Hotdog"
- In The Forest - a narrative poem - First place WynLit 24 Wynterblue
in Confabulation 2 by Wynterblue Publishing Canada.
- Penpourri, Anthology of Stories and Poems - Poems: "Do
You Know Trees"; "First Impression";
"Mountains and Countryside"; "When Two Souls Meet".
- Honourable Mention - Ultra short Poem Competition 2013 - poem
"Weary" - Ontario Poetry Society.
- Sara, a Canadian Saga
- Ellen and The Hummingtree
- Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy
- Beyond The Blue
- When God Gives Us Spring
- Keeping It Simple - Emotional Healing through Meditation, the
Chakras and Psychospiritual Therapy
- The Hole In The Wall; The Second Self; Shattered and Beaten;
Chanti's Escape; The Face In The Mirror; Andrew's Achievement;
.. Another Mother's Day; Running
On Empty; Find Firinn; Valentine Guffaw; No Mercy for Magdalena;
Passion For Staying Put;
.. While You Were Sleeping; Jacob's
Seven Letters; Jie Ke's Teahouse; Hope of Glory; Quest For Cammirand;
The Big Book; Joshua's Journey.
- At The Edge of His World; The Last Drop