David rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Really enjoyed Stella Who but with Ashenee Come Home you really hit your stride. Well done. Great stories and excellent social commentary.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Satisfied reader: 02DEC2018 – Well done.
Pam rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
It was amazing. June 15, 2017
Bonnie Labadie rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
This is such a great story. Changed my outlook on the homeless society.
Gail Cooper rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
Sella’s character is so real and captivates the reader from beginning to end. Such a good book that hit very close to home.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: why I wrote ‘Stella Who?’ –
During the winter of 2005, I spent the winter in Victoria, BC living on my sailboat, Wyntersea. I spent many hours walking the streets of Victoria and saw homelessness first hand. My heart bled with concern for they never had a warm bed to sleep in, enough food in their belly and inadequate clothing to keep out the Arctic cold. I ached to learn more, why there were so many living on the streets and sleeping in alcoves. I began observing them.
The following spring, I left Victoria but could not get their situation out of my mind. It was many years later when I wrote ‘Stella Who?’, a story that delves deeper into understanding the why of it all.
Audio sample of ‘Stella Who?’
Trailer for the novel – Stella Who?
Stella was of the nameless, faceless, placeless tribe and lived a life of misery – cold, wet and hungry. On most days she would rather have been dead. She struggled along hoping to remain anonymous and did what it took in order to survive. Faced with humiliation and constant hunger, Stella hung her head in shame and begged, rattling a tin can and hoping that a kind person would offer her some change. She never spoke of her past and was determined to keep her life-story a secret. Stella lived among many invisible in the wide open.
Homeless people were once called hobos and that name was applied mostly to transient men, with no family ties, who hopped the rails, often looking for work. It would be impossible to count the numbers of homeless Canadians of today, but it is projected that there could be as many as 30,000 sick, wet, cold and hungry homeless people, hiding somewhere on any given night. Homelessness is a social issue that stems from a multitude of concerns: drug addiction, illness, poverty, plus so much more.
Who are they?
those of the placeless tribe;
they, with their vanquished voices,
who say in the street,
‘Can you spare some change?
only a dollar,’
keeping the old adage alive.