Liz Cameron documents and reflects on the joys and challenges of cross-cultural family life. In her case, culture includes not only race, ethnicity and nationality, but also the "sub-cultures" in which people with disabilities reside. Liz writes about her own struggles with the implementation of the dignity of risk concept- and about her attempts at cultural responsiveness in her cross-cultural Turkish-American marriage, even as she questions that concept. Liz is also a big fan of writing in the magical realism genre of fiction (and of Marjorie Agosin in particular), and weaves elements of this style into her autobiographically-inspired writings. While not all of her writing employs magical elements - her mind is always in this realm.
Liz's blog, www.slowly-by-slowly.com is written largely in this vein - as she gets in touch with a band of Turkish puppets who live in her head and work as backseat drivers on the cross-cultural road-trip of her Turkish-American marriage. She's not crazy, she's just creative - and not afraid to show it. Why not follow your whimsical, magical bliss if it allows for discussion of the undiscussed or underexamined? Liz is also inspired by the narrative reality captured by John Edgar Wideman.
Why a nom-de-plume?
Inspired since her teenage years by the famous writer George Sand, a woman who took on a man's identity to be able to tell her truths through writing, Liz also chooses a different identity with which to share her observations in order to protect the privacy of some of the people she writes about - and to protect some of her most painful experiences. As with George Sand, Liz also believes that "there is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."
The real person behind Liz Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Eastern United States who teaches statistics, policy analysis and research methods (and loves it), but wants to make a career addition (versus shift) now that she has tenure...slowly by slowly, she will get there.