The journey to finding my voice has followed a long and winding path.
Setting my heart on the page without fear of it getting tromped has always been, and continues to be to some extent, an exercise in introspection, self-awareness and courage. One cannot grow up in the shadows without feeling overwhelmed by that first, second or even third step into a spasm of light.
It’s a tale too long to tell for this introduction, and perhaps one day I will share it. For now, some brief insight into what stirs my world as a writer, poet and communicator.
In So Many Words reflects a quiet strength and, I hope, a sense of joy and fun built on the bumpy road of life.
My horses have played an integral part in the journey to finding my voice. How appropriate, therefore, that each should join me on this journey with larger-than-life names reflecting their larger-than-life personalities. Shakespeare (Bear) trotted into my life in 2006 as my healing journey was beginning. What a time we have shared! He represents the broken heart now mended and learning to soar. Sophia Loren (Sophi) jumped on board in 2015, and is the wings of my soul. Bear makes me smile and keeps me grounded. Sophi inspires my dreams and potential, both as an equestrian and a writer.
My healing journey with Bear inspired me to participate in a Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) certification course, and as of 2014 I am a practitioner of this amazing healing work. My practice is established on our farm an hour north of Toronto in southern Ontario.
Of course, the journey is not complete without the love, perspectives, wisdom, joy, pain, awareness (or lack thereof), humour, opinions, memories and experiences of family and friends. Whoever they are, whatever their purpose for being in my life they help me to see myself and my place in the world more clearly. It is a great gift.
They also provide fantastic fodder for my characters. 😉
Of course, as a writer I am enthralled by the work of other wordsmiths. My interest lies mostly in historical fiction, mysteries, some humour, and books that uplift and strengthen the spirit. Favoured authors, for their stories and style, include Margaret George, Edward Rutherfurd, Sophie Kinsella, Anne Perry, Kate Morton, Barbara Erskine, Kenneth Roberts, Anya Seton and Taylor Caldwell. Favourite poets include Robert Frost, Ogden Nash and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
For my part, I have a number of blogs, short story and poetry projects on the go. My recently completed debut novel, Murder on the High Cs ~ a light-hearted murder mystery set in the melodramatic world of divas and dysfunction, is a fun poke at the world of opera. It’s inspired by my mother, Lois McDonall, who was an internationally-acclaimed soprano based in London, England during the 1970s. Naturally, growing up in this world exposed me to a good deal of the drama and delight of an ego-driven and, often, eccentric world. In order to crawl out from under its shadow I had to write a book. All that remains is to find an agent/publisher interested in giving it voice.
In the meantime, I’m revisiting a novel started several years ago which tells the story of a woman’s redemption following 27 years trapped in a psychologically abusive marriage. It’s set in the 1960s, a time when women put up and shut up. It’s a story for our time.
Speaking of time, thank you for sharing some with me. Be sure to check out the menu at the top of this blog to discover what else is going on in my imagination.
Be well …
Novelist . Poet . Communicator
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