Pryde was born in Winnipeg and attended high school in Calgary. She obtained a B.A. in theatre and later a B.Ed. She has taught both in Vancouver and Japan and traveled extensively. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom and a frequent denizen of Vancouver Starbucks. In addition to Strays, a collection of short stories and philosophical love poems, she has published the Wisp, a paranormal thriller. Both are available for purchase on Amazon. prydefoltz.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do you write?
would slip by when I was writing essays at university. So if time
writing dry non-fiction, what would happen if I turned my pen to
I write fiction for the love of story-telling. With poetry it was
ideas just started appearing in my consciousness. I posted a few online
my surprise they were well-received. I continued posting and realized
poetry could be medicine both for the writer and the reader. Then my
changed too, becoming enriched by the greater understanding of the
I was gaining from writing and reading poetry.
What other creative activities are you involved
am a full-time mother and that doesn’t leave me much time for other
pursuits. My first degree is in theatre and during my time at UBC, I
and directed plays and loved it. But the fit was never right. In my
youth I was
drawn to drawing and painting. At one time I had my eye on being the
Chanel. But now, it’s writing. I think Dorothy Parker said ‘I hate
writing. I love
having written’. For me once I’ve gotten the idea on the page and
the writing a little… it is pure pleasure. I guess I love editing.
Who is your favorite author and why?
am going to have to be completely uninspired and say Shakespeare. His
metaphor, characterization, and story has yet to be surpassed. Oddly
my first Theatre essay I spelled his name incorrectly throughout and
good jibbing from my professor and a down-grade. Other writers I
Hemingway for his deftness with a sentence. Here too I demonstrated my
spelling-challenged ways. Gutter Dog
is the first short story I wrote and is in part a homage to Papa
Ernesto … and
you guessed it. I could have sworn there were two m’s. Senryu another
in mis-spelling. Among my other favorite writers are Emily Bronte and
Shelley. For poetry it is Gordon Downie, the lead singer of the
Big, big fan.
Tell us about the mechanics of how you write.
depends on whether I am writing fiction or poetry. With fiction I need
outline. All plot points don’t have to be solidly established but I
need to know
how I’m going to begin it, middle it, and end it. Then I write at my
worse … by
which I mean I don’t edit. I get a muddled mess down on the paper and
through mercilessly killing my darlings. To give you an idea the first
the Wisp was over 110,000 words. It
now stands at less than 70,000 and that is with additions to plot. But
it is in
the editing that the best ideas will come. With poetry as I alluded
poems seem to come almost pre-packaged and so unless it is a rhythmic
rhyming piece, all in all, poetry writing is quite painless and quick
Finally, what do you think about Carp, the
Japan they provide hours of enjoyment to the contemplative. Koi Pond was inspired by such
contemplation. But in the rivers of North America they surpass a
driving out native fish species and giving unsuspecting anglers a face
fish. The carp of North America demonstrate how quickly beauty can
chaos and even destruction. They teach us that nothing stays the same
every turn of event can be anticipated, so proceed with caution, remain
flexible and seek out the peace and beauty whenever possible.
Wisp Strays, a Collection of Short
Stories and Philosophical Love Poems
Tattoo, Calling All
Soldiers Home, a Collection of Syllable Count Poetry
Real and Imagined, Tragic, Frightening, and Funny, All Too Brief, a
of Short Stories and Poems.
titles are available on amazon.com and through your local bookstore and
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