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Khristiane Woods (Joy-anna Wilde)

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The youngest of five children, Khristiane was named Christian, being born in the Middle East, the Holy Land as her father liked to called it. Shortly after her birth, she, her sisters and mother moved  back to Ottawa as her father’s oil business ended in bankruptcy and Beirut collapsed into civil war. Her Dad was never the same after that experience, and the marriage did not last.  Once the two older sisters had graduated, her Mom moved with Khristiane who just turned 9 to Spain to be back on the Mediterranean.

After 7 years in Spain, Woods came back to graduate at 17 from the same high school as her Mom and Dad, Glebe Collegiate 1979, grade 13. Then she studied her way across Canada from the university Ottawa to UNB, to Saint Thomas, to Memorial University in Newfoundland in the east coast, to Open University BC in the west coast, to Yukon College in the North. She finished her BA 22 years after she started it with a Major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She took  Library studies and Early Childhood in between for good measure and then did a master's degree in Elementary Education from University of Alaska.

For the Woods family, “writing” was an immensely important on both sides. Her father, Hank or “Khan” became in later years a "paripatetic poet". Her mother was writer for the Beirut Star, for Canadian Trade and Commerce and in Spain she wrote “Mijas Magic”.

In her writing, Woods attempts to seek and find that which has been to a great extent, lost in our modern world: the link to the land and nature, the loveable vulnerable authentic self, and how to be happy.

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