I love writing short stories and because as a writer I often feel that I work alone in a vacuum, to have someone else like what has been written feels just like receiving a breath of fresh air, a pat on the back, encouragement to continue.
My gratitude rests with Maggie Kirton at Wynterblue Publishing Canada who was the first, upon my retirement from the working world and arrival into the writing world, to encourage me by publishing some of my stories in Confabulation issues 2, 3 and 4.
My gratitude also rests with my dear mother who always encouraged me to write my stories when I was a little girl.
My mother always loved to write her own stories. It is from her I have inherited my interest and joy in short story writing. My Mom's greatest love was writing poetry; something I try to do once in a while though I don't dare call myself a poet. I call myself someone who likes to write rhymes. I am pleased though that a poem I recently read at the Elliot Lake Christmas Concert will be published in our Elliot Lake Standard newspaper sometime before Christmas.
My new adventure is article-writing. This is a challenge and at this point I am not sure if it is one I can meet but I'm willing to give it my best shot. Suite101.com has opened a door for me in this area. I hope I can come up with something acceptable to them.
Christmas is a busy time of year but I've promised myself I will cut back on many activities in 2012 to allow myself the time and the pleasure of focusing on more creative writing.
I am going to be collaborating with local artist, Susan Krupp, to create my third novel titled Ellen and the Hummingtree. This title may be reduced to The Hummingtree. I haven't fully decided yet.
Below is a copy of its book cover created by Susan at Yuneekpix.com
Copies of my anthology The Silent Star Plus a Dozen and copies of my first two novels, Sara, a Canadian Saga and Reawakening are available for Christmas gift-giving. To order your copy please email me.
Your encouragement and support mean the world to me. Thank you. :-)