I’ve always had a keen appreciation for a good story. My mother’s family loved to sit around the table after a meal and exchange tales. They were adept at sifting through the events of their lives, retrieving the interesting bits and creating narratives around them. My father was more of an embellisher. He had a flare for the dramatic – a skill he’d honed through his involvement in local theatre productions. You never knew if his tales were fabrications or truth, but it didn’t matter. It was all about entertainment and entertain he did. He also had a passion for poetry and prose and this he readily shared. He’d often read to us or recite favorite passages from memory with a delivery that would have made Burns smile.
As a young adult, I went off to study Linguistics and English Literature at the University of British Columbia. As part of that degree, I took a creative writing course and studied the classics. It was during this time that my focus shifted from oral story-telling to writing. It was a private pursuit – what I wrote was for my eyes only.
I stopped writing when I returned to university to complete a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The program was a demanding one that left me with little time for anything else. After graduation, life continued to be busy. I married, began working as a speech-language pathologist and adopted two children. Writing took a back seat.
A number of years ago, I took a leave from work to accompany my husband on his sabbatical to Norway. While home-schooling our daughters, I picked up my pen again. By the time we returned home, I had managed to complete the first draft of A Gap in the Fence. The novel was later published by Arboretum Press in 2018. This was followed by the publication of two short pieces of fiction: “Passion in Transit” in 2020 by the online journal Quick Brown Fox and “Making Plans” in 2022 as part of the “No Ordinary Day Anthology” published by the WCYR.
Currently, I am working on a fictional novel that deals with the themes of truth and forgiveness. The story moves between the 1940’s and the 1990’s and is told from two points of view, Margo’s perspective and her recently deceased mother, Loretta’s. When Loretta dies, Margo inherits a box of her correspondence from the war years. Through the letters and journals it contains, Margo discovers a devastating secret her parents have kept from her – one that not only reshapes her understanding of the truth but also forces her to face her own personal demons and make amends for the wrongs of the past.
Now, it’s back to my pen . . .