trauma

Category: trauma

Dear Canada,

 

My journey to publication of my first book was a journey that took over forty years...probably not an unusual statement for a memoir. However, believe me, I tried to write my story many, many times before it finally flowed effortlessly into the final form which will be published in February. I can see now that the story wasn't ready to be told until just this moment in time, because my motivation had to align with the purpose of the book in order for it to enter reality.

Hello Canada,

 

My novel, A Strange Kind of Comfort, was accepted by Dundurn Press in October 2018. As a first-time author, I was thrilled, yet I soon had doubts about what I’d gotten myself into. Did I really want my words and thoughts out in the world for everyone to ponder, analyze, and criticize? But I told myself I was finally fulfilling a life-long dream and I settled into the awesome journey, learning about publication with the incredible editors and staff at Dundurn.  

It is a curious thing about the Balkans that they seem to swing from being forgotten and ignored by the rest of the world to becoming abruptly and frighteningly relevant. Each time this happens we end up rushing back to understand the battle lines of the latest conflict and scrambling to re-learn the broad strokes of the larger context.

My visit to Pembroke on Saturday, November 19, to sign copies of Combat Mission Kandahar at Coles Books was great. Books were sold and I had many discussions with passers-by. These discussions included not only local residents but also present and past members of the military who either live in Pembroke or were in town from CFB Petawawa for a few hours. I was quite pleased that some of the presently serving soldiers, who I am sure know Afghanistan better than I do, wanted to buy the book.