Perhaps you’re tired of serious posts about the writing of historical fiction, the analysis of who reads, who writes, what makes this or that author/book successful. And then there are the posts about social reading and the dynamics of the publishing industry. Give it a rest, why don’t you, Mary?
So today’s post is personal, a post about the woman behind the blog. Who exactly is she? Of course, I’m still trying to figure that out and I suspect I will be in that state forever.
On the factual side, I’m in my sixties, have been married more than 40 years to a man I met in high school, have two adult children, and one grandchild. I live in the beautiful city of Toronto and have done so for more than 35 years (except for 3 years in Hong Kong) – the only thing that isn’t beautiful about our city is its winters. I’m a bit of a klutz in the sporting department, but I love to hike and golf (I can actually manage to hit that tiny white ball!) Oh, and I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Computer Science. Before embarking on a writing career, I worked in the technology industry and the consulting field achieving relatively senior management roles along the way.
I’m a feminist. I can’t recall exactly when I took up the cause – perhaps it was after reading Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique? Perhaps it was my grade 12 physics teach who made fun of me in a class where I was the only girl. Perhaps it was the interview I had in my last year of university with a banking type who asked if I planned to have children. Whatever the initial catalyst, I’ve been committed ever since to female empowerment and equal opportunity.
I’m a problem solver. Give me a situation and I look for solutions. I particularly enjoy finding solutions that are non-traditional and do not conform to the way things have always been done.
I love managing people. Early on in my career, I was called ‘mother Mary’ because I was the one others on the team came to when they had problems. Perhaps I was empathetic? Perhaps, a good listener? In any event, after being promoted to management I hit my stride in the business world.
I’m impulsive. Unlike my lovely husband, I often act before thinking which has definitely landed me in trouble from time to time.
I’m a team player. I love the dynamic of teams both large and small. It’s the aspect I miss most as a writer and I suppose I look for teams even in this virtual world of authors collaborating and helping one another.
Occasionally, I’m a shit-disturber. I try to rein in this aspect of my personality, but it sneaks out from time to time.
So, that’s a few personal tidbits about the real M.K. Tod. Who knows, I may be back with more.
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