I never forgot her Uncle Doug spinning the tale of a duchess and a coachman eloping across the sea to find freedom to marry. I was 18 at the time and would admit later I had hoped that very brief trip to Newfoundland would help me feel I belonged once again to the place where I was born. But that identity I sought—that understanding of what it takes to be a Newfoundlander, never really happened—until I came up with an incredible idea. I was in my seventies by then. It suddenly seemed so obvious. I would write a book and the characters would be Newfoundlanders and they would weave their tales in their own words and I would be inspired by them. Of course my Uncle Doug's lovers would be featured in the book. And so I began. Everything seemed to fall in place. I researched Newfoundland history of the 1800s through the University of Waterloo's Independent Studies program, earned a degree, and my thesis "In Search of My Identity" scored well. I knew I had developed a perfect framework to develop this novel that would validate my understanding of my own identity as a Newfoundland. My novel now called Rock Solid became that journey of discovery. With the help of Friesen Press my saga finally went to press in June of 2018 available on Freisen Press Book Store and most other major online retailers including Amazon, Chapters, Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble etc. in Canada, USA, UK, India and Australia.
It was the journey that my characters experienced, their own angst, joy and struggle and their own final moment of knowing what was really important, that became my own moment of truth, only as the final words appeared on the page.