Better late then never ...
I might be a little late coming to the Coffee Shop Author forum - but not late coming to the writers' lifestyle. I worked in print media for years and published an urban weekly arts & entertainment paper in Calgary. Having written professional freelance magazine and print media for years my words are my bread and butter but my heart has always belonged to my creative writing. I am finally at a point in my hectic life where I have had time to pursue a new stage in my writing career as a fiction writer.
While I continue to earn freelance I also have a poetry book published last year and a few major fiction projects in development. My key writing focus this winter is the push to complete my first historical fiction novel. I was fortunate to earn a coveted spot at Sage Hill Writing Experience this past summer and spent ten days work-shopping my novel in progress. I continue to work on the manuscript and will be spending two solitary weeks in March in Writer Residence at Wallace Stegner House in Eastend, Saskatchewan where I hope to complete a final draft.
My novel is based on the common story of the early Alberta pioneers who came to the prairie to start a new life. It is set in the Mennonite faith although the story crosses all communities in the struggle to work the land and hold onto faith and family. Shunned is a story of prairie hardship, birthright and displaced families regardless of origin and is a common thread of the Alberta history. Disjointed bloodlines, displaced families, and a blending back of half-truths and crossed cultures which many families share today. Much was sacrificed and lost in the breaking of this harsh Canadian prairie over the last hundred years but there remains a quiet holding on to faith and tradition rooted in the soul of the Mennonite families who came to the new world hoping to hold their old ways.
Looking forward to spending some time at one of my favourite downtown Lethbridge Alberta coffee shops, The Penny Coffee House (http://pennycoffeehouse.com). If you are around email me and meet me there for coffee and a chat about all things wordy.