July 11, 2015

My Story

Writing is a dream of mine that started when I was quite young. I've always had an overactive imagination growing up and my fondness for all things magical made me desperate for something epic to happen. As an example, I was the type of kid that would often go in search of the end of a rainbow after a great rain. Partly because I often heard about the Irish myth that says a leprechaun’s pot of gold was waiting for whoever got there first and how cool would it be to find and talk to a leprechaun, but mainly it was because my imagination and curiosity compelled me to do it. I thought of all the stories I could write if I found the end and all its' rewards. I would drag my sister or cousin kicking and screaming and head out on a quest so I could win my prize. I never did find the end back then; however, I wrote about these experiences and swore I’d catch the next one. I was tenacious that way.



I grew up in a small town in a house with 11 kids (5 brothers and 5 sisters). True story. My poor mother. The woman deserves a reward in heaven. We were good kids but there was no way she was having us underfoot all day so staying in and watching TV was not an option for us. She would tell us to go play outside, use our imagination and make up games to keep us busy. I think we were pretty creative and came up with some awesome games that we would take turns to play.

When it was my turn, my game ideas always gravitated towards crime solving and we dubbed it "Private Investigators." Undoubtedly I was influenced by all the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books I devoured around that time. I would insist my sisters/cousins be the bad guys and I was always the PI. I even had a special play name for this game. I was Antonia Linden - a kickass PI that investigated whatever crimes a 10 year old girl was capable of imagining.

My point in all that reminiscing is to explain how, from an early age, I was encouraged to read and think for myself. To question what I read and ponder the truth of it all. It is still today very much part of who I am.  I often thought I would become a writer and put those probing skills to use. Then life happened and my practical side fostered by my father found its way into my psyche.

To back up just a bit, while I was falling in love with what I deemed masterful writings of my favorite authors, I also loved to help my father with his carpentry work. He was mathematically inclined and I learned the beauty of math’s logic from him. I learned fractions and basic trigonometry principles from holding a measuring tape. I knew a2 + b2 = c2 and how to use that theorem to construct a perfect corner for a bookshelf before I knew my ABC’s. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but you get my meaning.

My father was the smartest person I have ever known and this fact convinced me to switch gears and let that side of my brain become dominant. So my practical side won the battle of what path to take in life. I chose to study Commerce in university knowing a degree in this field would make me more marketable and allow me to make money sooner to buy stuff. (like lots and lots of books)

Despite the path I chose, my desire to write was never far from mind. I did get the occasional fix with writing business reports and papers in university (and sometimes writing ones to sell to other students. Don’t judge. It was just a way for me to earn extra cash while a poor starving student.) However, the desire to write and tell stories was never really sated.

Now, older and wiser, I’ve decided to give my original life’s dream a go. Calling on my love of crime solving and analysis, I’m going to write a true crime book. I've been truly blessed with this amazing opportunity to contribute to the Crimes Canada: True Crimes That Shocked the Nation series published by Vronsky Parker Publications, an imprint of RJ Parker Publications. The shocking true story I will be writing about draws attention to the case of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada and will be published early 2016. A subject very near and dear to my heart.

My goal for now is simply to write and finish this book and that’s how I’ll measure my success. I have no idea whether it will become a bestseller but that’s a secondary goal for me. If it does happen to catch on, I will scream from the rooftops with pride and exuberance. You'll all hear me I'm sure. If it doesn’t, well I will still have achieved a life’s goal and to experience all the ups and downs of an amazing journey is what life is all about, yes?

With this website, I wish to share my journey with you by posting occasional updates and thoughts on what I discover throughout my writing of this book. I feel like I'm still on my quest to find the end of that rainbow I searched for as a kid. I plan to find it this time and my ‘pot of gold’ at the end will be my finished book. Wish me luck!

3 comments:

  1. Good luck, Dawn! Can't wait to read it!

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  2. Wishing you great success! Another Canadian Author to make us proud. I am looking forward to reading~
    Louise
    New Brunswick
    Canada

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    1. Thank you so very much Louise! I really appreciate that. It will be out in Feb or March next year so stay tuned. :)

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