Linda Bertrand

Local poet, writer pens first book and plans book launch event

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Writing has been a passion for Linda Bertrand most of her life.

Now, the Amherstburg resident is compiling her poetry, prose and prayers into a new book and is also planning an official launch for her book.

Bertrand is self-publishing “On Wings of Faith, Hope and Love” and is planning a book launch Sept. 18 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the community room at the Libro Centre. She said she has been working on the book for about one year but it is a compilation of works she has done over her 42 years of writing. There are some pieces that are paired with scriptures, she added.

The 144-page book contains about 123 pieces of her work and is her first book. Bertrand said she has worked on two fundraising calendars – one for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in 2006 and the other for Christ Church in 2008 – and both did well.

“The combination of the two of them raised over $10,000,” said Bertrand.

Bertrand said she is inspired by many things, including her faith, people in her life, nature, humour, every day life experiences and exploring the meaning of life.

Linda Bertrand will have a book launch for “On Wings of Faith, Hope and Love” Sept. 18 in the community room at the Libro Centre.

Linda Bertrand will have a book launch for “On Wings of Faith, Hope and Love” Sept. 18 in the community room at the Libro Centre.

“Mostly I awaken with a need to write in the early morning hours,” she explained.

There have been occasions when she has been given a subject or title to write about, with examples being the dedication ceremonies for the “Keep History Alive” bricks in Navy Yard Park and the heron sculpture dedication, also in Navy Yard Park. She joked she “writes from perspiration” rather than inspiration for those types of works.

Writing became a passion for Bertrand in 1974 when her grandmother died and she wrote a tribute for her funeral. The tribute was published and, along with a return to her faith after a five-year absence, sparked her writing career. She urges people to follow their dreams no matter what.

“Follow your dreams, be true to your dreams, even if they are just glimpses over many years,” she said. “They are there for a reason – to help you to grow into fulfilling your gifts, your purpose and your destiny.”

Bertrand added that she believes one’s true self “is found in the centre of his or her dreams and in the fulfillment of those dreams.”

The book came to fruition with the help of editors, typists, a publishing consultant and friends, including one that said she would cover the publishing costs.

“I’m excited,” said Bertrand. “It’s a dream come true.”

The book launch will feature her reading some of her work and also have a book signing where people can purchase the book for $20. The launch is geared as an adults-only event.