My poetry and fiction has been published in various literary journals including The Lampeter Review, Descant, dandelion, Grain, filling Station, Taddle Creek, room of one’s own, the Dance Current Magazine. She has read through various reading series and festivals including the Pivot Reading Series, Art Bar Series, Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Hillside Festival.
I have just finished a novel titled The Opposite of Drowning. In it, twenty-year-old Bea is a lifeguard who is terrified of drowning. She spends her days guarding on the edge of Lake Ontario, hoping desperately that no one will disappear under the surface. She is suspended in the hot, sticky bubble of summertime-Toronto where everything is temporary: her job, her home at Nan’s, her friendships with staff members, and perhaps even her new relationship with fellow lifeguard, Malcolm.
Nan had a stroke when Bea was sixteen and Bea’s grief was blinding and eviscerating. While Nan lives through the stroke, her memory is severely compromised and her relationship to Bea changes immeasurably. Though in the present tense, Bea believes she is past the grieving point for the grandmother she used to know, Nan begins to tell stories about Pop, a subject she avoided since his death years ago. This, combined with Bea’s task of packing up Nan’s house makes the stories Bea has defined herself by even more complicated.
Compelled by two shocking incidents on the waterfront, Bea begins to move beyond the summer and finally confront the reality of her loss in an exploration of memory, storytelling and the reconstruction of personal narratives. She begins to figure out what the opposite of drowning means.