I am the oldest daughter in a family of eight, born in Ottawa Ontario in 1946, living most of my life in Windsor ,Ontario. I married and had four children, also raised in Windsor. I have college education and my career began at WCLSS (Windsor Community Living Support Services). I went on to work at the APPD (Association for People With Physical Disabilities). While my life predominately revolved around work and home, I slowly recognized that I needed to express myself in a personal way. That way was writing. Over the years, I wrote poetry, created short stories, and completed a murder mystery novel. Some of my poetry has been featured in various publications, here in Windsor and in British Columbia, where I lived between 2006 and 2011.
After raising my children, getting divorced when I was in my thirties, and remaining “mostly single” through the ensuing years, writing expressed my sorrows, my fears, and my captivity in what I saw as a cruel world. I self-published an autobiography, entitled: Last of the Tyrants, copyright 2005, a book that helped assuage the aftermath of what happened to me and three other siblings, at the hands of our father when we were quite young. My first memory of sexual abuse oc- curred when I was four years old.
When Marty Gervais scrutinized my writing as a whole, he recognized that I was not even aware of why my writing contained “a lot of violence and abuse.” Through his guidance, I completed the book: The Yellow House. When I penned poems for my children on the back of their kindergarten portraits, little did I know that the synopsis of my life would one day help create a writer who has determi- nation and a purpose.
My purpose is to share my story with others and help them see that they are not in any way responsible for the abuses they may have experienced in their lives, and that they are not the only ones who have lived through having sexual abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse perpetrated on them. It should not be kept secret. Reach out…