I have been a poet and a writer since I was a teenager. I have always adored the English language, words impact upon our thoughts and emotions throughout our life's journey no matter how we view their importance. This love for language brought me to my first job in a library where each day was a new discovery and a learning experience. Names called to me from the shelves: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, John Steinbeck, Gustav Flaubert, Mary Shelley, and Dacia Maraini; all of them hold a power over me and have influenced each word I place upon the page.
A love of history and further training to become an historical researcher brought the disciplines of literature and research together and now I write primarily historical fiction. I have always had aspirations to be a literary author and believe in writing innovatively and in a thought-provoking way; I write my characters as if they want to share their motives and emotions with the reader and they can be heard murmuring behind the themes and plots.
Spanning thirty years, this collection of poetry and prose documents the discovery of mental illness through writing. It is not a volume defined by mental illness alone; passions for art, literature, opera, and history are here; passions which help us survive when illnesses can be unforgiving and we fail to forgive ourselves.