It all began with a special teacher in public school. After years of diaries, assignments and experiements, the shelves surrounding my desk are lined with binders and files containing over a dozen manuscripts. For now, some are collecting dust. Others get attention when an idea strikes and I'm pulled back into them. My early, unpublished titles include: The Golden Toll, Dragon's Dance and Wordsongs, which was my one and only attempt at poetry thus far. In 2009, I won the Muskoka Novel Marathon in the YA category with my novel River Witness, which sits on a shelf awaiting my attention. Marit, my entry in 2011 at the marathon, won the best junior novel award.
Among the collection of manuscripts I have on my shelf are a number of story ideas which continue to tickle my spirit. These include both junior and YA novels in various stages of development as well as one picture book about my late grandpa and his motorcycle.
At present, I am editing my current work-in-progress--an historical novel set in Prince Edward County, at what once was my Grandma's house in Bloomfield, Ontario, now the Nap 'n Nosh, a lovely bed and breakfast run by a delightful couple, Sonny and Jane.
Accomplishements Along the Way:
I am proud of my successes at the Muskoka Novel Marathon, which include two peer nominated Spirit Awards (2011 & 2012) as well as winning best story two times, once in the YA Category (2009) and once the Children's Category (2011). To change things up, for the 2013 event, I participated as a judge--an amazing experience!
To add to the sense of change taking place in my world of writing, a short story I wrote was chosen for publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishers' book (released November 2013) O Canada, The Wonders of Winter. Such a small step and yet it feels like a rather huge accomplishment, which leads me to consider what next...?
What does the future hold for me writing-wise? There will be more terms at Mable's Fables in the course called Writing for Children II with Ted Staunton. I'm also working on that illusive characteristic of many novels--VOICE. Already the process is proving to be rather interesting. I wouldn't want it any other way.