Emily Gillespie “Dancing with Ghosts” came to me in bits and pieces. I had a rough outline, and characters and started to write — and the characters took over! I had recently completed my MA in Disability Studies, and the book was in-part inspired by my interest in mental health activism. I had witnessed the fragmented services available in the GTA, and felt that fiction would be a great space to respond to this.
I also wanted to respond to texts that romanticize intimate partner violence.
As a frequent reader and media consumer, sometimes I just feel the need to respond to existing texts or social ideas. My education is in Gender Studies & Disability Studies and sometimes I come across ideas in an academic space that I also feel need explored in fiction in a more accessible way. I want to make social justice conversations within reach for everyone.
I love wandering around Toronto, I find the city so stimulating for the creative mind.
I already have future ideas for Patricia, as this character is still alive in my imagination and I can’t wait to have time to write more!