THANK YOU, ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL, for your relentless support of Canadian authors and artists. Without your help, authors today would have a much harder time writing the novels of tomorrow. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A special shout out to Chi Zine Publications as well, who recommended me for this grant. I won't let you down. I'm hard at work, writing No Apology For Being. Let the fun begin!
AH! I can't believe I won the Kobo award! What an incredible honor. I won for BEST CANADIAN GENRE AUTHOR, along with the author of In-Between, and the author of The Translation of Love for non-fiction. The celebration was so cool. I was Belle at the ball! Other than my pathetic speech (I never thought to write one since I never thought I'd win!) which had the crowd in awe and laughing, the night was an absolute dream. Thank you, Kobo, for making me feel like a princess.
What an honor, to participate in such a worthy cause. My family and I spent the day packing and distributing Thanksgiving dinner to families in need of a little help over the holidays. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend my time. A gracious thanks to all who organized this amazing event.
Thank you to all who joined me at the Chapters St.Catharines location for a fun day of book talk and signing. So many of you were there to support me and my writing, and I can't thank you enough. Hugs to all!
What an awesome group of ladies! I can't imagine this journey without each and every one. We sipped wine, munched on goodies, and talked books, specifically A Keeper's Truth. While I am open to chat about almost anything, books in particular, I can't imagine a better discussion topic than A Keeper's Truth, the book closest to my heart. Thank you, all, for making me feel so welcome and appreciated! Big hugs.
The banners, book marks, and signage arrived. All looks wonderful. I am so pleased the artwork translates to larger and smaller print so well.
I'm not sure there is anything better than seeing your book in print for the first time. Okay, maybe giving birth...no, that's rather messy and painful...maybe getting married...no, that's rather messy and painful (LOL).... Yep, seeing your book in print is definitely the best!
A Keeper's Truth t-shirts arrived, looking great. Feels surreal to have my book cover on a t-shirt. What fun!
Author Dee Willson joins Wits and Pieces TV Host Jody Matheson and Social Media Expert, Trevor Cherewka in a discussion of copyright and ownership issues
Recently, the visual artist Richard Prince launched an art show composed entirely of blown-up photos taken from his Instagram feed. The photos, mostly of young women in seductive poses, come from multiple sources. The installation, New Portraits, launched in a New York art allery in 2014, but resurfaced in the public sphere when the photos started selling for as much as $100,000. What Prince is doing isn't new. He's a hugely successful artist who has built his entire career on appropriation.
I was invited to guest post on DIY MFA, a wonderful site for writers at all levels.
I came up with a list of my top five reads and rereads, my go-to books, the ones I cling to when searching for inspiration and craft reminders. Not one lives within the genres I write, but each has taught me something valuable about my voice, my style, my craft. Each, along with many others, have taught me to be a better writer.