A very long time ago when I was in high school I had to submit an essay on the Theory of Phlogiston.
On the day my teacher decided to illuminate our young minds on that particular subject, I’d probably skipped school, because my eyes glazed over and my brain went “Oops” as I stared at the blank piece of paper.
I had a life-changing decision before me. I could either sit for hours in a very uncomfortable hardwood chair and do nothing, or I could emulate the writers I’d recently discovered in the very limited Science Fiction section of the school library.
I handed in my essay and caught a glimpse of my teacher’s face. She turned rather pale. I exited the room before her ability to speak returned. Once out in the hall, I heard a bark of what I hoped was laughter, but feared it to be an incipient heart attack.
I received my essay back the next day. Across the top I read, ‘Don’t ever do this again.’ Across the middle, ‘Well done.’ And in the bottom left-hand corner, scrawled in big red letters, the letter ‘A’!
That was the moment my career as a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy began.
I was born in England, grew up in Australia, moved to Canada in 2004 and married the love of my life.
I’m a lesbian, a writer, of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fiction. I’m a shaman, a bicyclist and a feminist … I’ve been an architect, a seamstress, an athlete and a field hand …
Writing is my passion and my profession, novels specifically, short stories occasionally, and always with lesbian characters.
I write under the pseudonym ‘Widdershins’ because I am, if nothing else, contrariwise. Also, it’s kinda witchy, whimsical, and wild.
I wrote a book that got caught up in a traditionally published nightmare so I retired it. I wrote another book that I self-published in January of 2019. It’s an autobiographical, Shaman-y ‘how-to’. (and how-not-to)
I had a blast writing it, and thence learning the intricacies of formatting a manuscript for publication. Then I published it myself. There’s no real trick to self-publishing, but you do need to invest your time. (although, a wide streak of stubbornness does help) The only thing I would suggest you do spend any money on, if you have some to spare, is your cover art. (unless you’re on very intimate terms with image editing software)
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You can contact me, via email: widdershinsfirst(at)gmail.com … or leave a comment at the bottom of a post.