Today we travel to the west coast of Canada to chat with Jeanne Ainslie about how pink cherry blossoms, long walks, picking flowers, purple twilight, Ink Spots, journal writing, wild raspberries, compassion, and gratitude come together as part of Jeanne’s current and past life.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a published author (novels, articles, and short stories) and an experienced editor. My background is science (BSc (Hons), MSc) and my clients have included scientists, government, consultants and authors. My passion is writing. I live by the sea on the west coast of Canada in White Rock, BC.
What genre do you write?
How many published books do you have?
Two traditional and three ebooks.
At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Age 14. A strong desire to communicate.
What am I currently reading?
Burning The Days by James Salter.
What is my favorite season and why?
Spring. White and pink cherry blossoms, jasmine, fragrant mock orange and lilac.
What do I do when not writing or marketing?
Read, take long walks along the ocean promenade, watch the tide come and go, see movies and plays, pick flowers.
What songs hit you with a wave of nostalgia?
“If I Didn’t Care” Ink Spots and “You Are My Flower” The Carter Family.
What is your favorite time of day and why?
Twilight and long summer nights. I love the purple twilight and warm summer nights. The day never ends.
Do you journal or keep a diary?
I’ve kept a journal since I was 25 many years ago. I’ve always scribbled notes on scraps of paper. My journal entries have been invaluable for my published books. They capture the immediacy of the experience so that writing is easy.
What do you miss about being a kid?
My aunt’s farm in southern Ontario. I love the smell of fresh mown hay, driving my uncle’s tractor, the open fields, the vegetable garden, picking wild raspberries, the barn cats and feeding the pigs in the barn.
At this stage in your life, what advice would your young self give to your mature self?
Hang in there.
Which of your personality traits has been most useful and why?
Tenacity, resilience, determination, setting goals, compassion and gratitude. Compassion is essential for a writer. And gratitude for my friends and family and all the good things in my life.
What are you currently working on?
A nonfiction book “First You Have to Learn to Live Alone–A Compassionate Guide to Living Alone and Aging”.
My most recent published book is Caribbean Moon–Shipwrecked in Paradise.
Thanks for being a part of MTA, Jeanne. Wish you all the best and much success! – Camilla
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