What is your latest release and what genre is it? Becoming Sand, December 2012, Canadian historical fiction
Quick description: Becoming Sand is a novel, describing the history of a Canadian family, from its arrival in New France in the early 1600’s to modern times. It centers on the struggles and triumphs of four women: a child growing up in the 1960’s, when the family has lost its roots and its heritage, a Huron woman who married the French voyageur who first came to Canada, the modern matriarch of the family who was a pioneer in Alberta from the early 1920’s, and a teenaged girl in the family who leaves home at sixteen to escape sexual abuse. The novel examines the consequences of family breakdown and the impact of assimilation in the predominant culture and society.
Lise Pomerleau has recently retired from her thirty-two year career as an educator. She obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean, and her Master of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge. As a teacher and administrator, she published many articles and curriculum documents and presented at national and international conferences. She continually pursued her love of creative writing, and now that she has retired she plans to work full time on her next novel as well as educational articles and books.
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What are you working on now?
Lise is currently at work on her next novel, which deals with the English side of the family in Becoming Sand. They came from the Isle of Man and the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, settled on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, and then became pioneers in Saskatchewan in the early 1930’s. They lost everything in the Great Depression and had to start anew by opening a restaurant in Alberta. The history of the migration of people from Great Britian to Canada in the late 1800’s, the destruction of the First Nations people in Saskatchewan, particularly in the Cypress Hills area, and the hardships of the Great Depression will be illustrated in this novel.
Lise’s reading recommendation:
As part of my research, I am reading Candace Savage’s book, A Geography of Blood. It is focused on the ancient geological and historical past of the Cypress Hills region, and reveals the terrible destruction brought about by the first Europeans who killed over thirty million buffalo within ten years, resulting in tragic consequences for the native people. In this and other books I am learning that as Canadians we have nothing to be proud of in our treatment of the First Nations people. We have the arrogance to believe that we were kinder and more just than the Americans. False. We have our own Trail of Tears, broken promises and deliberate starvation and mass destruction for which we should be held accountable.