I am proud to say I just celebrated 50 years of my writing career. Yes, I started to write in 1962 at the prompting of my daughter, Kathy. I used to tell made up stories to my two children, she and her brother, Marty, and one evening, as I tucked them into bed, she said, "Mom you should write your stories down." So that is how it all started. I went on to be an editorial columnist for The Mississauga News, was producer and host of several TV shows on Rogers TV, And also became a volunteer as well, and that was also 50 years ago. Now I have 13 books - 11 of which were on the history of Mississauga and over 800 items to my credit.
Author, Historian, Speaker, Event Planner, Volunteer, Membership Coordinator, President, and many others I have enjoyed and thrived on.
The Mississauga Library System, Missisauga Heritage Foundation, The Mississauga Arts Council, The Mississauga Garden Council, The Museums of Mississauga.
From January 1998
I worked for the Mississauga Library System from 1998 to 2009 writing 11 books on the history of Mississauga. I did not work with the other organizations, but was a member first, then became honourary member.
Keeping busy with typing manuscripts!
I worked at the Four Season's Hotel in Toronto from 1979 to 1994 and during that time, as I coat sat, I wrote ten fiction manuscripts. They were typed on a typewriter, so for the past two years, I have been typing them on my computer. I have done four so far and am moving along nicely. I also am writing my memoirs, as I have kept a journal since 1966. I have 12 more years to cover and I hope I will add a few more years yet.
Estabishing A Provincial Museum to be located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
History is extremely important! If it is not recorded as things progress, then it is lost forever. I have had the good fortune to have researched the nine communities that made up Mississauga, Ontario, where I was born and raised. Fourteen books have come about from 1997 to 2009. This was practically a volunteer project. I was only paid for my expenses. However, I feel proud and honoured that I have had the opportunity. In August, 2011, I self published my first novel, "Move Over, Buddy Rich." The plot is Music, Murder and Mayhem! Fiction was my first writing effort in 1961, and has continued throughout my 50 year career. More info on me can be found on Facebook and Kathleen Hicks Author.