Author Miji Campbell, a writer and a teacher, has written a new book called Separation Anxiety, which chronicles the pivotal moments in a woman’s life as she lets go of her childhood beliefs and discovers her true self.
Campbell will be on hand for an author meet & greet session hosted by Mosaic Books in downtown Kelowna on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The books is centred around the life expeiences of Campbell. The events of her life are not tragic. The setting is not exotic. She calls it an ordinary story, her own memoir which she feels many women will be able to relate to.
Campbell grew up in a close-knit family in the 1960s and ’70s. The youngest of three girls, she was raised under her parents’ watchful eye, in the middle-class Calgary suburb of Kingsland.
Her life proceeds in an orderly fashion: coming-of-age, university, first job, first apartment-and then suddenly, inexplicably, it begins to unravel. Night after night, Campbell wrestles with insomnia and increasing anxiousness.
Despite her independent spirit, she yearns for her mother’s presence and feels overcome by homesickness. These anxious feelings will haunt her through career, marriage, and the birth of her children.
It’s not until middle age that Campbell learns she has an anxiety disorder and finds ways to quiet her mind and body. Through acts of courage and grace, she learns to stand tentatively on her own.
“Anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression will be consoled by the author’s fearless, vivid portrait of breakdown and recovery,” said Mami Jackson, author of The Mother Zone.
Campbell’s written work has appeared in numerous publications including Today’s Parent Magazine, The Edmonton Journal, The Calgary Herald and Women’s Words: An Anthology, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio.
Campbell, who now lives in Red Deer, Ab., has received two National Magazine Award nominations and a literary arts grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She owns Write Where You Are, a business that offers writing workshops to individuals, schools, community and corporate organizations. Separation Anxiety is her first book.