For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features writer Deborah Goodfellow.
Originally from Winnipeg, she has been visiting her family’s cottage in the Lac du Bonnet area for twenty-two years. Twelve years ago, she decided, along with daughter and husband, to make it their permanent home.
Goodfellow quotes from Webster’s Dictionary – “Art is the activity of using imagination and skill to create beautiful things,” and states “I apply this definition in all parts of my life, whether starting a foundation, serving on a board, or working at a homeless shelter.”
In her real estate business, she applies her natural flair for design work and home staging. She says, “However, my true art form is creating pictures in readers’ mind. I use words to drive home a message, educate, entertain, or simply provide enjoyment.”
She has written short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. She prefers nonfiction, but plans to explore fiction. As a child, she felt safest and most comfortable when reading and writing, and her grade four teacher even submitted her Armistice Day poem it to a magazine. In university, she took English courses and has since enrolled in various writing courses.
She belongs to Manitoba Writers’ Guild and took their master class with Charles Wilkins. She also hired Jack Canfield as her writing coach, and has participated in programs associated with his work. Canfield is best known for Chicken Soup for the Soul books and contribution to The Secret.
Early in 2015, she launched her first book, Love, Compassion & Power – Healing the Hurt & Transforming Lives, at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, where it remained on their bestseller list for a few weeks. After the launch, she presented at various venues about her book. At this time, she is working on manuscripts about aging and humanity.
Her editor also invited her to join a writing group led by Manitoba writer Jake MacDonald. She has met with them for two years and recently MacDonald asked her to contribute to an anthology of stories. She says. “I see art in everything, both light and dark, and translate it through words. For example, I saw a picture of my niece’s baby, looking as if he was reaching up for a hug. Beautiful! I felt compelled to write about it.”
Deborah’s Website: http://www.dhgoodfellow.com