Good morning, Heartwarmers!
I hope everyone had a fun Halloween earlier this week and that your November is off to a great start. Congratulations to our November authors on their releases!
I’m excited to be on the blog today because it’s my chance to say hello to all of you after returning to Romance HQ at the beginning of October. As many of you know, I took a three-month leave this summer to be the writer-in-residence at the Pierre Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. I thought I’d share a bit of what I was up to while I was away from my editing duties.
Dawson was the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush, and the town is steeped in both that history and the much longer history of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people. It’s a beautiful, eclectic, welcoming place just brimming with stories and interesting characters.
The lovely Berton House is located in Dawson’s “literary district” (a stone’s throw from poet Robert Service’s cabin and a hop, skip and jump from the Jack London Museum). I didn’t encounter any writerly ghosts, but the hundred-and-fifteen-year-old house did make some pretty weird noises.
I spent most days at this desk, working on my second poetry collection. One theme I’m exploring in this manuscript is the experience of “pioneer” women, from those who made the arduous journey to the Klondike in the 1890s to present-day off-gridders.
I’ve also been writing a lot about what it means to be a woman in the wilderness, and what better place for research than the wilds of the Yukon? I was lucky enough to get out on several excursions and take inspiration from many breathtaking landscapes. Here I am backpacking on the Grizzly Lake Trail in Tombstone Territorial Park (note: I did not encounter any actual grizzlies).
(But I did later see a black bear from the safety of a car!)
I definitely fell under the spell of the Yukon and am so grateful to have had this experience, but I’m excited to be back in Toronto--and back to working on your wonderful stories!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,