Interview with April McGinnis

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the expression of questions that need to be answered, the exploration of the shared human experience, and the raising of consciousness of issues that provoke thought, analysis and understanding.

I write from the heart, whether it is poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. I confront topics that may create discomfort for others in the hope of increasing awareness and breaking down barriers, eliminating stigma and shame.

With an MBA, I have a solid grasp of issues, but with my heart and soul, I see beyond the numbers and the statistics to expose the human elements and the personal lived experience of those behind those numbers.
What are you working on next?
I am compiling poetry, along with my own visual art to accompany my writing.

I am also working on an inspirational book that documents my own reinvention as a 50+ woman who has returned to my roots as an artist and producer of all things creative. I hope to assist others in their own life journeys to be real, be authentic, and rediscover their core values, regardless of age or other seemingly restrictive limits placed on them by society.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My favourite past times are painting, learning to play the keyboard/piano, participating in drum circles and learning the bodhran (Irish drum), as well as song writing.

My granddaughter is the light of my life!

I am a vocal advocate for those who are vulnerable due to poverty, disability, and mental health challenges. A social justice activist, an innovator, and a change agent - along with being described as a "raging extrovert" - I am often at the leading edge of new ideas. My most recent project involvement is The Vault in Oshawa, Ontario. The Vault is a collaborative creative space that brings together like minded community members to create visual art, music, spoken word and other experiences to involve the creative community and the general public in a fluid exchange of ideas and activities.
Published 2013-09-27.
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Books by This Author

Personal Journeys: Stories of Survival from the Great Recession
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
The recession resulted in the tragic loss of jobs. The statistics say the jobs have been recovered, but the aftermath lives on in people's lives. Precarious jobs have replaced good paying, secure full time work. And no one is immune. This book tells the stories of a selection of survivors, including the author herself. Her personal story unfolds as she tells the stories of others.