Although I am an artist with many different creative outlets, some of my best-known accomplishments revolve around the publication of two autobiographical books. The first of these books, Don’t: A Woman’s Word, was released in 1988 and the second, Beyond Don’t: Dreaming Past the Dark in 1996. After the release of the first book, I traveled throughout Canada and Europe for interviews, readings, lectures and consultations.
I was interviewed by Peter Gzowski for CBC’s Morningside Show in 1988 after the publication of Don’t: A Woman’s Word. Peter won an ACTRA award for this interview, which was produced by Hal Wake. Twenty-eight years after the original interview, I was invited to be interviewed by Hal, now the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest, at the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society in Banff.
Eight editions of Don’t: A Woman’s Word were published in Canada, United States, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. Beyond Don’t: Dreaming Past the Dark was nominated for the “Best Non-Fiction Book” in the 1997 Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Don’t: A Woman’s Word was listed as either the course text or as recommended reading with many university programs and counseling agencies including: Trent University, The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, University of Alberta, Carleton University, University of Manitoba, University of Lethbridge, University of Regina, University of Concordia, etc.
For the past twenty years, I have continued to write, both fiction as well as non-fiction, but I also spend a great deal of time with my Fibre Art. I enjoy all aspects of working with fleece and wool, including spinning, weaving and knitting.