Hello everyone, thank you for having me.

My love for books and writing began in grade one when I saw the magic of story captivating my whole class. I was instantly smitten with reading and writing. At 13 I penned poetry on my bedroom wall as well as Desiderata and my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson:

“If I can stop one heart from breaking”

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
~ Emily Dickinson

Emily’s poem resonated with me because I was the hopeful hippie teen preaching love and peace and spent a good deal of my life helping others. My years as an activist and advocate for many individuals and numerous causes have almost ceased since getting PTSD. While I still speak out about injustice and write the odd letter that’s about all I can manage. Getting PTSD has been an ongoing education in trauma I expect will appear to some degree in my writing just as our own lives naturally do.

The Greenest Pearl JT StylesPoetry and fiction are my favorite though most challenging genres to write and I once earned a certificate of recognition for writing a 110 page novel in a long weekend. I learned much from the experience that led to placing first in the Surrey International Writing Conference fiction contest in 1991. In 2014 my life was graced by internet angels who helped me, in the depths of PTSD, get a collection of my short stories and poetry together.

These are both free on Smashwords:

My work in progress is about a woman who thought she had everything until she is shocked by the fragility of believing in people who are not what they seem. I’m hoping to publish my book this year but if I can just finish it, I will be happy with that. Thanks again for having me, happy reading and writing everyone.