At the end of September 2014, the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative launched its sixth Voices anthology, in which is published my short story Paper Dolls.
I originally wrote Paper Dolls in French, following a talk with my grand-mother Jacqueline. When she told us about one of her favourite toys, growing up in Montreal in the 1930s, it painted such a picture in my mind that I couldn’t help but take her love of her paper dolls and insert it into my next short story.
I read an excerpt of Paper Dolls at the Voices book launch, voicing my main character both as a child and as an elderly woman.
I love this second life a reading gives characters, where an author can literally lend her voice to a story.
Looking for your own copy of Voices 2014? Find one at the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative website.