Literary fiction is probably the most complex and emotional form of writing an author can offer.
The work can take years, sometimes even longer, as the writer delves deeply into the human experience and finds the language to reflect the dynamic issues of the times.
Lit-fic is my first love, and my reason for writing. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be taught by women who possessed a deep understanding of literature and an even deeper understanding of how to teach it to others: not only reading a text, but immersing yourself in it. That is what reading means to me. It’s an experience. A journey.
As an author, I feel compelled to offer my best work. Even if that means readers have to wait a little longer as I find the right words. Writing is something I feel called to. For me, it’s much more than an occupation; it’s an elevated state of being–hard to sustain, but impossible to abandon.
From Maya Angelou to Alice Munro to Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Eudora Welty – I have been privileged to curl up with some of the greatest literary minds of the past hundred years, and count myself blessed to add my work to theirs.
Jellicle Girl was my first book. My baby. My soul in typed incarnation.
Weight of Earth contains a vital piece of my heart as well as some of my favourite characters.
The Last Ten Years is something I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Some bittersweet memories and a cast of complex women struggling with everything from agoraphobia to sexuality to grief in all its dynamic incarnations. And love, of course, because without it, what the hell’s the point?
My characters don’t have easy lives. Most people don’t. But they reflect how I see life: a series of challenges, with the promise of redemption.
When Beth met Jackie, she was fifteen and shy, living in the shadow of her mother: talented artist Heather Sarandon. Jackie—wilful, cheeky and confident, made Beth see things in herself that she’d never imagined, and do things she never thought she would. As memories of Beth’s last night with Jackie grow more like waking nightmares, Beth does everything she can to forget the girl who was so much more than a friend.
Beth has a self-destructive ritual she swears she’ll keep secret, even from the psychologist trying to help her. But Dr. Nancy Sullivan doesn’t have time for secrets. In fact, she doesn’t have much time at all. She’s been charged with helping Beth break through the barriers of her past, knowing very well that her own demons might end her career before she can get through to the stubborn young woman.
Meanwhile, a young foster child with a wicked sense of humour, and a devastating past, reminds Beth that secrets seem powerful, but can destroy the person who holds them too close. A haunting and evocative story about redemption, identity, and learning to let go of secrets that scar.
Ella is determined to uncover her mother’s past, but what she learns could destroy her family. Secrets run deep in her family. Twelve years ago, her mother turned her back on her sister Lydia-a high priestess of the Mother Goddess-and has since forbidden Ella to learn anything about their heritage, or her gifts. But during her mother’s dark days, Ella lives on Lydia’s ranch, watching her perform candle spells, circle castings, and prayers at dawn. Ella’s mother refuses to talk about what happened-a secret Lydia also keeps tightly guarded, for reasons Ella doesn’t understand. But when Ella meets William, a little boy with special needs, her mind opens in ways she never imagined. William reminds her of Jonathon, her little brother who died, and this bond makes her take risks she never thought possible, even defying her mother and opening her untrained psychic senses. Her world tilts on its axis when Zeth barges into her life, complicating everything. His mind sucks her in like a vortex, and being with him burns her-literally. How can he know more about her than she knows about herself? Will loving him unlock her gifts, or destroy her fragile mind? And is their love worth uncovering a truth that their families would rather keep buried? “Weight of Earth” is a compelling story of how family loyalty entwines with personal secrecy, and what it means to be exceptional.