Author Uni Brown takes the stage today with her A Journey of Words story “The Healers.”
Synopsis: A woman suffering loss finds the healing she needs, but at what cost?
What inspired you to write this story? My husband was in the hospital having surgery and while waiting for him to get out I stopped at the chapel.
How long have you been writing: I think I was 7. I wrote a story about how a paragraph was a pair of giraffes and a paradox was a pair of ducks.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I dislike labels. I write stories in whichever genre best fits the overall theme or moral of a story I want to tell. I’d like to think my stories get people thinking. If pushed I’d have to say probably speculative fiction, or mystery with a touch of romance or paranormal. I write fiction and non-fiction, 99% guaranteed there’s going to be an animal in it.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? Slow progression in a paranormal fantasy series, a mystery, a few short story ideas and a coffee table book of my dog photography. I’m trialing a process of open writing online on a near daily basis using another name (basically first draft writing in public with immediate feedback.) Nothing like adding a little stress. 🙂
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Don’t sit on your ass all the time. You have to get out and live.
How can people discover more about you and your work?


About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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