I was born
and raised in Don Mills, Ontario. At seventeen, longing for adventure, I
visited Scotland, then spent two months on kibbutz in Israel. In 1973 I
quit university to go back and study Hebrew and work in a dairy barn. I
stayed through the Yom Kippur war and the following year moved to
California with an American I met on kibbutz. We married and worked in
Los Angeles until I realized my roots were firmly back in Canada. I came
home to get an education so I could work with children.
During this decade the congenital
dysplasia in my right hip became progressively worse. My hip needed
major reconstruction. It would take a year to recover from the
surgery and learn to walk again; this experience would later fuel my
writing of In the Clear.
With a Master’s Degree in Education, I
taught in Cree communities of northern Quebec. Then I taught ESL
students back in Toronto. Immigrants shared stories of homes left
tragically behind and the challenges of building a new one. I began to
see my country from viewpoints vastly different than my own.
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I never dreamed of becoming a writer
until I became a mother. It was fantastic to enter story-world with my
four small children. I, too, fell under the spell. Could I craft a good
story? I began to try. That was nineteen years ago in the Italy.
My interest in communities outside mainstream culture takes me, thankfully, to amazing out-of-the-way places, from a Jean Vanier home in France, to isolated Cree villages in Quebec or Acadians in Nova Scotia and Louisiana. I’ve taught creative writing in Ramallah and all across Canada, from Riverport Nova Scotia to the Haida Gwaii. There’s nothing like hearing a good story in a beautiful new setting.
Name: Anne Laurel Carter
Age: young at heart
Hobbies: art, music, yoga
Good Recent Books: The Sisters Brothers
Good Recent Movie: Hugo (but read the book)
Favorite Quote: carpe diem
2.Three Rounds and a Song
3. Chasing Cars
Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
On Safari in Tanzania
try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out
what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.” “
Anne in Jerusalem, 2009.