Sandy Day

Biography

Sandy Day is the author of Fred's Funeral and Poems from the Chatterbox. She graduated from Glendon College, York University, with a degree in English Literature sometime in the last century. Sandy spends her summers in Jackson’s Point, Ontario on the shore of Lake Simcoe. She winters nearby in Sutton by the Black River. Sandy is a trained facilitator for the Toronto Writers Collective’s creative writing workshops. She is a developmental editor and book coach.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Fred's Funeral started as a short story I wrote back in 1986 after returning home from the funeral of my Great Uncle Fred. I wrote and rewrote the piece many times over the years and in 2011 I discovered something that compelled me to turn it into something more than a short story.

It turns out there was a box of letters in my uncle's attic that were written by Fred between 1916 and 1919 while he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. My first step was to read and transcribe the letters. My mind was blown. I began researching WWI and tracing where Fred had been during various battles. I discovered that he had been hard at work tending to horses and leading an ammunition wagon during the battle of Passchendaele.

Poor old Uncle Fred suffered from shell shock as a result of his time in WWI but it presented as we now know PTSD does - after he returned home to Canada. The real Fred, and the fictional Fred, was institutionalized for the remainder of his life and I wanted to know more about that. Lucky for me, my great-grandfather, my grandfather, and Fred kept every scrap of paper and correspondence that passed through their hands so I was able to imagine a story based on real events.

In 2015 I attended a novella writing workshop and decided that Fred's story would be best told in that format. The idea of the ghost came to me one night and I was able then to write what is now Fred's Funeral.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern Ontario. In the summers we lived in the family cottage on Lake Simcoe. That landscape dominates my imagination and my writing.
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Where to find Sandy Day online

Website: http://sandyday.ca
Twitter: @sandeetweets
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Books

Chatterbox Poems
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Chatterbox is 110 poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness & terror to anger & enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales & dolls, the Garden of Eden & the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths & mice, dogs & horses, roosters & crows, oranges & apples, the moon & the sun.

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