I write from my heart, from that which touches my soul. However, since Arriving: 1909–1919 went to its second printing within seven months of its release and well over a thousand readers are now embracing the Werner family, I have discovered that I have little time to pursue my love of writing. I have increasing requests for signings—including at Chapters/Indigo/Coles now and particularly in Saskatchewan—and I’m diligently preparing Thriving: 1920–1939 for its launch at the St. Albert Public Library on Sunday, September 30.

As I become accustomed to being a published author—with wonderful excitement and joy, innumerable interactions with fans, hard work, considerable travel, and resultant fatigue—I am frequently reminded of the words of a fellow author, “It will make you strong.”

My husband and I have yet to enjoy a relaxing summer vacation in our recreational vehicle. As I undertake a second trip to Saskatchewan, this time to Swift Current and Moose Jaw, I realize that my feelings of rejuvenation and strength stem from listening to my inner voice.

While writing my Understanding Ursula trilogy, I learned to listen, hear, and trust that quiet voice within, and my muse invariably wafted up from the depths of my subconscious, my unconscious, and my soul. Then I could align myself with my characters, and let them guide my story.

In our current reality, I believe that unless we make a deliberate conscious effort to do so, it is increasingly challenging to feel grounded within our inner being. I am heartened by the number of my readers who have wittingly remarked that they appreciate the simplicity of the pioneers’ lives in Arriving, and that they are drawn to the characters’ profound connection with God and Mother Nature.

I often find the first line of the Desiderata to be most comforting: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”


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