The most successful and pleasurable writing comes from being in a state of wonder. Finding that fine balance between will and surrender; between skill and letting the pen run free is when magic happens.
Sometimes in my writing, I feel as if I have no pants on. If I feel comfortable and well-dressed, I know I haven't been honest enough for the words to matter. Brilliant, out-of-the box mentors such as Donna Morrissey, Sue Reynolds, Pat Schneider, Barbara Turner-Vesselago, and Jack Grapes, have helped me go ‘fearward’ in my writing. By providing feedback that encourages rather than criticizes, The Amherst Writers & Artists method of workshop facilitation has created a safe place for me to develop craft and take creative risks.
As a settler married to an Ojibwe man and with whom I have a son, my experiences with that culture colour much of my work. My novels, creative non-fiction, and short stories, written from a settler point of view, often include Indigenous characters.
Writing Focus or Interests:
Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry