Willow Press was founded on a belief in the power of storytelling: the cathartic nature of both writing and reading, the respite of escaping to another world, the validation of seeing yourself in a character, the development of empathy…
However, we are disenchanted with the ostentatious protagonists and overdone narratives that saturate fiction. We’re looking for the unsung and unconventional. We long for heroes of all colours and shapes with all kinds of love and adventure. We tire of formulas and showboat heroics. We also believe that the fantastical is not just reserved for elves, dragons, and other worlds at war. You can find magic in the grit of a matriarch, the mystical nature of a misfit, or the transfiguration caused by love. Sex can be a healing elixir. Resiliency: an acquired power.
Willow is on a quest to tell stories that you can both identify with and escape into. The press creates whimsical stories that feature characters that look like us, bleed like us, and feel like us. We use a bewitching blend of candor and curiosity to concoct tales that are as real as they are fantastical. We do this because we’re beguiled by the imagined, while also craving uncommon honesty. So, we blend the two to create stories that you can find and lose yourself in.
About the Creator
Creator of Willow Press
Mother to Emelyn + Margot
Work published by At Bay Press
Took Creative Writing through University of Toronto
I'm not quite cut out for the real world. From a young age, I was better at reading than making friends (trying to talk to your grade one pals about Anne Frank's diary at snack time isn't especially cool). My head was always somewhere else, which made me excruciatingly forgetful and spacey. I felt things deeply and I always felt strange, even in the midst of friends. And, I carried some burdens that were too heavy for a child.
Fiction was my reprieve. I retreated to imagined worlds and made fictional friends. I filled notebooks. Got hooked on comics and sci-fi television series.
I lost and found myself in made-up worlds.
The name of the press is inspired by the character, Willow, in the fantasy TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched that series through some very formative years and I always felt a strong connection to her. I related to her and felt comforted knowing there was someone like me. That connection allowed me to escape to a fantasy world all while discovering truths about myself, making her story one I could both lose myself in and find myself in. That is what I love about fiction and what I hope to recreate through this press.