Story is a huge passion of mine! I started writing for my children in 1985 to capture the stories created by their beautiful, innocent, curious minds, while they played. I became the observer, the audience to their lives and life became their stage. I realized in order to write I would have to maintain a level of vulnerability. Capturing stories became an obsession. I was writing stories because I loved to write. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have a Canadian Best Seller ‘The Story of the Gimli Huldufolk.’
As of 2018 I celebrate my 25th year of being a published author.
As I reflect on the body of work I created I am overwhelmed. I have always felt freedom to be myself. Myself is somewhat stubborn or as I prefer to call it patient. I am perfectly flawed in ways I have no desire to change. I have managed the obstacle of doubt and through my tenacity I have built the courage to be wrong.
My sons have always been my inspiration and the best listeners I could ever find. I have learned through story, language and children how simple life is. How we complicate it depends on the stories we tell ourselves and others.
In supporting children to create stories I deliver creative writing workshops in schools, I encourage them to write stories about what they know, experiences they have had or what they can imagine. The same advice goes for adults.
In 2000 I attended a workshop in Montreal lead by Mr. Jim Lord. This workshop changed my life. It was based on the ‘Appreciative Inquiry‘ philosophy. Jim took it one step further. We learned the mining of language, looking for the gold, digging deep to support a person, company or organization’s strength. By using this method of communication I learned how powerful and empowering remembering and telling a positive story is to the future. It was after working with Jim my work as a listener really began.
I BELIEVE IN HAPPY ENDINGS 🦄🌈& ❤
The Gimli Huldufolk in Gimli Manitoba Celebrating their 25th Anniversary at the Huldufolk PicNic July 1, 2018 A big shout out to the Gimli Kinette’s for all their help !