My yet untitled novel manuscript explores the unravelling by two sisters, Adrienne and Cass, of a secret, long kept by their mother about their father, a doctor in World War Two's Italian Campaign and the effects the secret's keeping has on this family. This manuscript will be published by Latitude46 Publishing Sudbury, ON, in March 2022.
My first published short story, Spring Fevers, appeared in Skylines, Mount Royal College Calgary March 1984: 3-21. A short story, Lost, from a collection of linked short stories on which I've worked for many years, with the working title "Blue Willow Stories" was published in Sulphur, Laurentian University's literary journal in 2012. It also appears in Gateways: A Collection of New Writing from Alumni of Fairleigh Dickinson University's MFA in Creative Writing, for which I was Chief Copy Editor. The story, Russian Ties, is published on-line in the May 2021 issue of Cannery Row Literary Journal. Other stories from this collection are under consideration by literary journals. These stories are linked by the theme the effects of war on ordinary people, the members or friends of one extended family, and the historic china pattern, Blue Willow.
A personal essay, Do My Impulses to Write and Garden Compare? appeared in Imagination in Action: Thoughts on Creativity, which is the first in a collection of essays on which I'm working that could be considered a memoir. I am also working on a middle-grade novel with the working title, "Big Shore," about a young woman growing up in poverty on Lake Nipissing's shore, during the depression of the 1930s.
I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.