"Are you always going to write about 'identity" a member of the Lucid Book Club asked when I gave a reading from my novel Argonauta several years ago. The room was full of psychiatrists, psychologists and resident psychiatrists and other writers. The passage I had chosen to read might have provoked the question –
"The trouble with with adoptees finding their birth parents, Maude told herself, as the landscape passed in a kaleidoscopic blur, is that the abandoned baby has grown up. The past that might have been your own no longer belongs to you. You have to rely on others to tell you what might have been. But if you couldn't bring it to the present, then what was the point of it?."
Argonauta is a fictionalized metaphor about what it means to uncover the truth in a "closed" adoption and the impact it has on both mothers and their families. The sole purpose in doing the reading was to promote the book, but I had miscalculated the fact that when you put yourself in a room full of health care professionals the odds are they're going to dissect your mental status.
My articles and essays have been published in both English and French when I worked in the province of Quebec as a teacher at a Bible College in Quebec City, a Conference Speaker, Director of Les Ministères de la Femme, overseeing 110 churches involved with Les Ministères de la Femme. I was involved as a contributing writer and editor for Son Esprit and Femme et Famille, two magazines distributed in Québec, France and Africa. I also co-pastored in several churches in the province of Québec and partnered in developing a church plant in the city of Gatineau.
Sometimes one needs to make some money so other areas of work experience include Program Management at UBC Faculty of Medicine, Research Assistant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Director of Women's Ministries for the province of Québec. While living in Vancouver I served in my church as Elder, leader in Pastoral Care, Prayer & Spiritual Formation.
I have a degree in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of British Columbia and I am enrolled in post grad studies part time at Regent College in Vancouver. I am currently working on several new writing projects that I hope to share in 2019. Not all of them are focused on 'identity'.