As a girl, I lived as much as possible in trees, and I often wandered in an imaginary world, where characters spoke to me. Later, as a woman, I discovered that both writing and the wild help me locate my desires.
The most important story I’ve ever written is one that I lived when my husband experienced a brain injury and lost the memories of our life. For this and other reasons, I’m drawn to explore themes of identity and memory in my work. I have seemingly paradoxical identities – sixth generation Kentuckian raised in Canada; literary writer and screenwriter; city-dweller and wild woman. The sacred paradoxes in sex and food and death remain my favorite themes, for describing paradox is a way of “effing the ineffable,” as the Zen essayist Alan Watts has noted.
My current work includes a memoir, Wondering Who You Are, a small book of essays, Creation Story and a novel-in-stories, The Anarchist Beatitudes. I also write essays for literary magazines, and publish a blog called Wondering Who You Are.