Welcome to Orysia’s Page.
The photo: Orysia in black dress
The year: 1997
The place: Louisville, Kentucky
What was I doing there? On leave from work, David’s sabbatical, I travelled across North America with Kartal, my Akbash Dog, and finished the first drafts of two novels. What a year! One of the novels has finally been published in December, 2009, only 12 years later. House of Bears by the Acorn Press of PEI (www.acornpresscanada.com). Now on to the next one.
I was the firstborn of Ukrainian immigrant parents, whelped and raised in Sudbury, Ontario in the 50’s and 60’s. I graduated from UWO with a BSc in Zoology, and completed an MSc at Kansas State U. in swine reproductive physiology. Since then I’ve worked as a reseach assistant and biomedical technologist (now in toxicology at the Atlantic Veterinary College). I live on a small PEI farm with my husband David, my flock of Shetland sheep and Akbash Dogs. My passions for animals and writing coalesced in the book, Livestock Protection Dogs – Selection, Care and Training which I co-authored with David. Now that House of Bears has been released into the world, I can concentrate on my YA novel, Rika’s Shepherd, where writing and animals meet again, this time in a fictional milieu.
Christine Doucette created this gorgeous hooked rug from the egg design on the cover of my novel, House of Bears. Gob-smacking stunning! The original egg was designed and created by artist Elaine C. Dillingham, using the ancient wax resist technique (batik on eggs) called pysanky in Ukrainian.
Christmas eve 1961, I spent the night at my Aunt Stella’s and here’s what I remember: Memories of Stella
(to read as a word doc click here.)
Welcome to the World of Kira’s Secret! In November 2013 Kira’s Secret, a book for middle readers was launched at the Confederation Centre Library in Charlottetown, PE. My niece Kira joined us from her skating rink in Vancouver and was happy to answer questions from the audience. Kira was my muse for the book, and she provided a few ideas and the names of two major characters. The second book in the series, Prisoner of Hildaland is ready for publication and I’m now working on the third book. Check out the Events of our WWW blog for photos.