Official launch of memoir May 28 in Toronto

For people in the Toronto area, don’t miss Guernica Editions‘ group book launch on Sunday, May 28. I’ll be one of eight authors introducing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket to the public in central Canada. The event will start at 3:30 pm at Supermarket in the Kensington area.

I’m hoping to include a four-minute video I wrote and that Velcrow Ripper directed. Really looking forward to launching my book in the publishing capital of our country. This will be a great mix of presenters in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Memoir book launch April 15 in Sechelt, BC

I look forward to introducing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket to my local Sunshine Coast, BC community on Saturday, April 15. My informal book launch (not the official one in Toronto on May 28) will be held at 7 pm at the Sunshine Coast Cultural Centre in Sechelt. I’ll discuss the book, its controversial responses, and read three excerpts. Books will be on hand for sale and signing. Free refreshments will be available.

Featured guest on podcast How to Survive Society


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I enjoyed my chat with Abby Ayoola, host of the Toronto podcast How to Survive Society. We discussed my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket and my work coaching authors of trauma memoirs. We talked about how to stay resilient, and find the courage to share your trauma story. Abby told about an incident of sexual assault from her childhood, plus the domestic violence of her first marriage. I applaud her courage and willingness to divulge these secrets. We need more survivor stories. Abby’s How to Survive Society Academy offers online workshops and courses to address healing from trauma, finding self-esteem, relationship health, and more.



Webinar “Trauma and truth-telling in memoir” offered Nov. 16

I’m delighted to be offering the webinar “Trauma and truth-telling in memoir: the risks and rewards of revealing secrets” on Nov. 16 from 2:00 to 3:15 PST. I’m doing it through the U.S. foundation and magazine Creative Nonfiction. I’ll be drawing on first-hand experiences from writing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket and will include a Q&A. Click here for a full description and registration. Cost for early registration is only $15. All participants receive a copy of the webinar.


Pre-sales available for my 2023 memoir No Letter in Your Pocket

Pre-sales have already started for my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket, which will be published in May 2023 by Guernica Editions of Toronto. See sales links below.

Price: $25 CDN


Incest denial and sexual assaults disrupt a young woman’s solo spiritual quest and her two romantic adventures in India in 1990-91. Two decades later, after profound healing, she’s resilient at mid-life. Finding the love and intimacy she craves, she can, at last, forgive her dying father—and her mom, for her decades of silence. Unlike many stories of healing and spiritual discovery, No Letter in Your Pocket avoids predictable recovery rhetoric and insular victimhood. Instead, it is a testament to thriving empowerment.


To read praise for the book by novelist Sylvia Fraser, Dr. Bernie Siegel, and feminist/professor emerita Diana Hume-George, click here.


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Short private FBCW webinar Sept. 11 on Writing About Family

I’ll be offering a short webinar on Sunday, Sept. 11 for the creative nonfiction group of the Federation of BC Writers (FBCW). From 10:30 to 11:00 am, I’ll be sharing tips about revealing family secrets and will provide first-hand anecdotes regarding the challenges of writing my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket. A short Q&A will follow. Many thanks to the FBCW for inviting me to host this mini-session, which will cover legal, ethical, and other issues.