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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Author Profile: Frances Greenslade




Frances Greenslade’s debut novel, Shelter, will be released to the US market in Trade Paperback from Free Press on May 15, 2012.
BIOGRAPHY:
Frances Greenslade was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and grew up with four sisters and one brother, playing among the grapes and orchards of the Niagara Peninsula. Her father often travelled to Winnipeg on business and came home saying, “It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.” They moved there when Frances was ten.
Winnipeg was home for the next 14 years. She went to Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank and did an English degree at University of Winnipeg. The sudden summer thunderstorms, the frozen Assiniboine River in winter and the leafy neighbourhoods of St. Boniface and Fort Rouge became what Frances missed when she moved to Vancouver.
There she worked for TV Guide and  finally admitted that she wanted to take what seemed like an impractical step towards becoming a writer. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC in 1992. She met her husband shortly after and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan so that he could attend what is now the First Nations University of Canada.
Having now lived in four provinces, and having made each my home, Frances began to wonder about what home meant anymore, to migrant Canadians like her. Frances’ first book, A Pilgrim in Ireland: A Quest for Home, looked at that question.
Frances had her son in 1996 at a mature 34 years old.  She was shocked to find that the experience was nothing like what she had imagined. About three weeks after his birth, Frances began hemorrhaging, an event that sent her idyllic days of new motherhood into a tailspin. She wrote about those dark nights of the soul and the ultimate transformation in By the Secret Ladder: A Mother’s Initiation.
They moved to the Okanagan in 2005 where Frances’ love of the BC landscape flourishes. Penticton feels like home and turned her imagination again to an idea she had begun work on years earlier, a novel about a woman who disappears into the mysterious BC landscape and leaves her two daughters to wonder and worry. Her first love as a writer has always been fiction. As she began work on her novel, Shelter. She remembered telling her editor, I was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and grew up with four sisters and one brother, playing among the grapes and orchards of the Niagara Peninsula. My father often travelled to Winnipeg on business and came home saying, “It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.” We moved there when I was ten.
Winnipeg was home for the next 14 years. I went to Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank and did an English degree at University of Winnipeg. The sudden summer thunderstorms, the frozen Assiniboine River in winter and the leafy neighbourhoods of St. Boniface and Fort Rouge became what I missed when I moved to Vancouver.
There I worked for TV Guide and finally admitted that I wanted to take what seemed like an impractical step towards becoming a writer. I graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing from UBC in 1992. I met my husband shortly after and we moved to Regina, Saskatchewan so that he could attend what is now the First Nations University of Canada.
Having now lived in four provinces, and having made each my home, I began to wonder about what home meant anymore, to migrant Canadians like me. My first book, A Pilgrim in Ireland: A Quest for Home, looked at that question.
I had my son in 1996 at a mature 34 years old. I was shocked to find that the experience was nothing like what I had imagined. About three weeks after his birth, I began hemorrhaging, an event that sent my idyllic days of new motherhood into a tailspin. I wrote about those dark nights of the soul and the ultimate transformation in By the Secret Ladder: A Mother’s Initiation.
We moved to the Okanagan in 2005 where my love of the BC landscape flourishes. Penticton feels like home and turned my imagination again to an idea I had begun work on years earlier, a novel about a woman who disappears into the mysterious BC landscape and leaves her two daughters to wonder and worry. My first love as a writer has always been fiction. As I began work on my novel, Shelter, I remember telling my editor, “This is way easier. I can make things up.” Shelter is fiction, but it drew on many of her own worst fears.

ON THE WEB:
Random House Canada: New Face: Frances Greenslade
Facebook: Frances Greenslade
LibraryThing: Frances Greenslade

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