When I was 45, I heard author, Sylvia Olsen, speak. Amongst other things, she talked about starting writing at the age of 50. I had always wanted to be a writer but work, school and single parenting got in the way. I thought I was too old to start writing. She inspired me! I began to play around with poetry and had a couple of poems published in the Island Writer Magazine and in Out of the Warmland, a collected works of writers from the Cowichan Valley, sadly now out of print. I also started my first attempt at a novel. It was horrifically bad and I put it away, never to see the light of day again.
The summer I was 48, I decided that I would register for the Three Day Novel Contest. Over the Labour Day long weekend, I wrote, and I wrote, and I wrote. My head was pounding. There was much swearing, more tears and angry growls of frustration, but at the end I had my first finished novel – Greenwich List. It didn’t win anything but I thought it wasn’t bad as a first attempt at a finished work. I started to send it off to publishers. I was so naive! I sent it to several publishers at the same time, not know that publishers in general HATE simultaneous submissions. I also sent it off assuming someone would pick it up on the first go round. Amazingly, someone did! Asteroid Publishing liked my novel well enough and, as luck would have it, it was released as an ebook on my 50th birthday.
Since then, I have finished my second novel and am currently in the process of sending it out to publishers. I am outlining my third novel and I am working on a book of haiku and a collection of flash fiction. I’ve also had a number of articles published both online and in print. For Christmas of 2014, I independently published Mancia Di Sanu: An Expat’s Take on Sicilian Cooking and this coming fall 2016 Island2island Press will be publishing the new edition, Mancia di Sanu: A Canadian Expat’s Take on Sicilian Life and Cuisine.