By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
For Celeste Bergeron Ewan, dreams do come true.
Ewan is a Central Alberta-based author from Daysland who has a lot to celebrate right now. Her first published piece is coming out in an upcoming edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, which is being released on Sept. 24th.
“This is my very first piece I’ve had published in a world-renowned book,” said Ewan.
“Thousands enter, only 101 make it in each book.”
Ewan, who works full time and is a mother of two, only began writing again at the beginning of 2019. She credits her aunt for getting her back into it.
“I used to write when I was younger, I just got back into it earlier this year,” said Ewan.
“My auntie is an author, she read one of my pieces of work, bought me a laptop and told me I have a promising career in it.”
The future does indeed look positive for Ewan.
In addition to the piece in the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Ewan has already received word that another piece of work, a poem this time, will be published in the online journal Subterranean Blue Poetry, and she continues to submit pieces elsewhere, including to the CBC writing contests.
Ewan did admit that finding time to write is challenging, between juggling work and kids.
“I wish I had more time to apply myself in my writing,” said Ewan.
“I’m hoping with summer being done and the fall settling in I will be able to write more.”
Something else Ewan credits for getting back into writing is a journey of self-discovery she decided to take this year.
“I went from being a teenager to being a mom with nothing really in between,” said Ewan.
“This is the year I told myself that I would find myself, figure out what I like and enjoy and what I am. It turns out I’m a geek,” she said with a laugh.
Ewan is one of 101 authors who have been selected to have their work published in the forthcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul title ‘Think Positive, Live Happy’.
The book will be released on Sept. 24th, and to help publicize her first published work, Ewan will be conducting a book signing at the Purple Platypus in Castor on Sept. 28th and a limited number of new copies of the book will be available.