A published writer of fiction and non-fiction short stories, magazine articles and blogs. My website at www.debilynsmith.com has recipes, A to Z cancer prevention tips, blogs and more about my life with and without breast cancer. Raised in New Brunswick, I headed west to ski the mountains of BC and never looked back. I am working on editing the third fiction book with much beloved and naive Kathy Sands, her ex- Billy "Peter Pan" and their two helter skelter kids, Wendy and Warren. The non-fiction Running From ADD is half written.
I am a happily married mother of four- two of mine and two I made mine.
When did you first start writing?
I was the ten year old that asked for a typewriter from Santa. It arrived in a toy form, orange plastic with a blurry blue ribbon that made all the letters doubled with shadow, but I wrote little stories on it and pretended I was a journalist for a big newspaper.
What's the story behind your first book, the non-fiction Running From Cancer: a tilted memoir?
I was your typical woman in denial that I could get cancer. I was fifty, fit and staying ahead of the cancer "cooties" by using ground flax seed on my oatmeal in the morning. I was "running" from cancer instead of standing up and fighting it before it could catch up to me. Statistics say that 50% of the people who get cancer could have prevented it. That number made me determined to tell my story to wake people up! HEY! Do YOU want to go down this road? Lose your hair, parts of your body, some days your mind and your dignity? If you knew there were little things you could do to tighten your anti-cancer belt, wouldn't you? This book is to show people what a cancer patient lives through. It will make you laugh and cry and privy to some unknown facts. It will help a cancer patient going through or coming out. It's for friends that want to know what a loved one is surviving. Or not. Complete with sample recipes, tips and websites to check out. A book for EVERY woman.
"You can run, but you can't hide" is the start of this insightful memoir down the Breast Cancer Freeway. Author/survivor DebiLyn Smith says she is your horrible warning. "Don't be naive like I was. Stop running from cancer. Learn to stand and fight back. The earlier you start fighting cancer, the more hope you have. Right now would be a good time."
"Fantastic. Funny. Helpful. Precious."