What’s your name?
My name is Elizabeth Page. I also write as E.B. Page
How long have you been a member of NOWW?
This is my first year as a member of NOWW and I look forward to many more!
What genres do you write in and what format of writing do you do (poetry, non-fiction, scripts etc)?
I write fiction primarily, but I have branched out into creative nonfiction over the past year. I also write articles occasionally for parenting websites regarding complex relationships and family dynamics.
Who is your favourite author/writer or what is your favourite book?
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. I came across it at exactly the right time in my early twenties and became truly inspired by her to create deeply meaningful and thought provoking fiction myself.
Will you be participating in or attending any upcoming NOWW events? If so, which?
I live in Kenora but I hope to spend some time in Thunder Bay over the next year and be more involved in the NOWW community. I would like to attend upcoming workshops in the fall.
How can others learn more about you?
Or follow me on twitter @eb_pagemaster
Tell us a small fact that may surprise us about you:
I’m a writer’s block knitter. I knit when I’m stuck and as soon as I put my mind to knitting instead of writing I come up with a brilliant idea and toss it aside. The more holes there are in my knitting the better my writing turned out!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’ve always written privately. I have boxes full of childhood journals and short stories. I wrote the first draft of a novel when I was ten. I began my a more serious attempt as an adult during NaNoWriMo 2015 and took a writing class shortly thereafter. It was at this point that I realized I wanted to share my writing with others and started submitting to contests and going to workshops. Having young children at home makes it difficult to write at times, but I am inspired by my boys every day. My busy family life, work and community involvement are what give me my unique perspective and inspiration to keep writing.
Tell us a bit about your writing:
My first novel is speculative fiction, my favorite genre to read. I pursued it for quite some time before I realized that I was emulating voices I admired rather than searching for my own. I still write speculative fiction but I have really found my voice in my creative nonfiction pieces. Because I am part of a blended family, the relationships within my own home grow and evolve in the most interesting way. I like to put these situations into play in my stories and articles and use them as building blocks in my work.
My biggest writing accomplishment to date is placing in my first contest this year! I was awarded second prize in the Bill MacDonald Prize for Prose Nonfiction category.
What are your favourite things or some of your inspirations?
My inspiration is everywhere. I am inspired by my own life experiences and those of the people around me. I draw on my strongest, deepest emotions and start to paint a picture of what that looks like to me. I find that my best writing contains raw universal truths that others feel a strong connection to. The days where the magic happens are few and far between, but it’s a very validating experience as a writer when the right idea comes together to create something meaningful.