I've been writing since I was a girl. At the age of seven, I had my story, about our class trip to the local museum, published in the paper. Not a big deal, but I suppose it was this moment that my elementary teacher recognized my ability to retell a story. I was lucky to have had English teachers throughout my past that were encouraging and supportive of my efforts to write. My high school English teacher wrote in my yearbook, "To the next Margaret Atwood", which put a bit of pressure on me to continue with my pursuits.
To be fair, I haven't done anything spectacular or outstanding with my writing over the years, but I have taken writing courses and obtained my certification in creative writing and did a four month mentorship with a published author. I have written lots of short stories (fiction and non-fiction), articles for a couple of Canadian Magazines, several profile stories for a publication I created called "Healthy You" and then with "The Rapport". I have a blog called "Adventures of My Canadian Ass" which follows my journey as a British born and Canadian raised new to UK resident and my travels, the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the challenges of being a stranger in a familiar place.
"David's Gift" comes from my experience from being a wife for the second time and living as a blended family with my new husband and his two children. I moved my boys from our little house in the city to his home in the country and together we faced the challenges of learning how to be a new family unit. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time, especially when children feel torn about their love for their natural parents and their obligation to their step parents. But what I hope "David's Gift" shares with my readers is that loving (or at least accepting) a step-parent doesn't diminish a child's devotion to their mother or father.
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