Along with many others anxious to escape a war-torn country, my family emigrated from Holland to Canada shortly after the Second World War. I married Peter Fast and together we raised a family of five. Peter encouraged me to continue my education which led to several enjoyable years of teaching at Niagara College in Welland, ON.
Ever since I won a story-writing contest at age 10, writing has intrigued me. At age 16 a story was published in Pioneer, a Reformed church paper. Later, stories and poems were published in several magazines as well as in in all five volumes of the Hot Apple Ciderbook series. My children and grand-children began asking me to tell them stories of WWII in Holland. This finally resulted in my memoir Finding Shelter-A Child's Memoir of WWII.
I am very grateful to be a 20-year cancer survivor and The Valley of Cancer - A Journey of Comfort and Hope recounts my saga to wellness. Widowed twice, I tell of my first devastating loss in the Australian outback in the book, Seven Angels for Seven Days.This won the "Best New Canadian Christian Author Award" in 2004 and was listed as a best-seller in 2006. I walked with my second husband, Joe, through ten years of dementia, and in my book, Bring Each Other Home - A Caregiver's Journey, I share some of the ups and downs of that journey with the hope that it will encourage other care-givers. I live in St. Catharines, Ontario and enjoy walks along the lake, lunch at The Pie Plate, and hanging out with family and friends.