Founder Entrepreneur Author Artist and Speaker of and for "Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle."
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in a southern Ontario farming and industrial community, my family's French Catholic beliefs also played a significant role in oppressing my dreams to become a writer. My late-in-life discovery that my personality type falls within a three to five percent of the American population has also explained the traumatic and tragic events I have also experienced since childhood. Fortunately, my personality's drive to learn has empowered me overcome many of the ingrained limitations in order to become the person I knew deep down I was meant to be.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a child, but was told writing was a waste of time.
Instead, I started telling stories, but writing continued to crop up at different stages of my life. In my teen years I began writing poems and little ditties that I gave to friends. Local events also inspired me to write letters to editors to stand up against injustices and disrespectful acts.
A year and a half working with a psychologist in my thirties to deal with the repressed memories and emotions from childhood and teen abuse inspired my starting university in my late thirties. Both events opened the floodgates of mostly oppressed silence for twenty plus years. In just a few year's time, I wrote almost 600 poems, 40 short stories and essays, plus my first book that was a stream of consciousness book which also attracted a small press in Arizona, but I declined knowing I would write a better book one day.
Several works were published professionally under my previous first legal name, Debra, and my married name Webber. Stopped writing around 1998 and resumed tentatively in 2007 when I wrote and recorded in a studio the short story, Charles' Choice, in response to the bullying in schools and communities I also experienced. In August 2018, I finished transforming into script format for schools, communities, and organizations to produce to raise the "Respect Levels" of their community, individually and collectively. The play is now available in print form for purchase and production.