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But Buchanan never pursued a dance career. She worked at IBM, then ended up in marketing, at Rogers, in its magazine division. “My attempt to get closer to the written word,” she says, laughing.
During her last four years at Rogers, she managed a full-time career (home at 7 p.m. with no immediate dinner plans), three young boys (the oldest was 6 years old when she left Rogers), and studied creative writing at night school “to fulfill my artistic soul.”
Something had to give so she left the corporate world to write full time. “I suppose it was gutsy,” she offers.
Indeed, she comes by those guts honestly. Buchanan was 10 years old the summer her parents, Al and Ruth Buchanan, took the family on a two-month road trip to Mexico in their VW camper. One of five children was still in diapers.
And as she speaks, her 80-something mother is travelling around Cambodia and Vietnam. “She’s crawling through Viet Cong caves,” says Buchanan, laughing. “Who does that? I guess I come from that gutsy heritage.”
Buchanan is a disciplined writer, a throwback to her corporate self. “The kids were out the door at 8:30, and I was at my desk at 8:35.”
There were moments writing “The Painted Girls” when she’d have to set an alarm reminding her to pick them up at school.
“Sometimes you get so involved in Paris in 1880, that you have moments when you were uncertain about where you are.”
“I’d stop work for a second and think, oh, it’s Toronto.”
Contact reporter Cheryl Clock at email@example.com.