Today we’d like to introduce you to Sundeep Morrison.
Sundeep, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a proud child of immigrants. I was born to Punjabi Sikh parents in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My maternal grandmother, my “Biji” raised me. She instilled a love for my Punjabi culture and would share childhood stories subtly interweaving them with cautionary life tales. Those childhood lessons served as the blueprint for me to pursue my passion as a storyteller and write my book, Lady Bitch Whore.
Has it been a smooth road?
Navigating my Punjabi and Canadian identity was difficult. I struggled to find a sense of belonging and exploring my queer existence made it even more arduous. Writing became an outlet that helped me explore all the parts of myself that I was taught to be ashamed of or considered taboo. Much of my inspiration comes from my experiences and my family. I believe everyone has a story to tell. The best piece of advice I ever received was to write what you know.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
As a writer, my work is centered around identity and feminism. I was inspired to write my book, Lady Bitch Whore, after the birth of my daughter. Being a woman is hard. I began to think about the societal expectations of women. and how most of the time, we are either on the giving or receiving end of labeling women. Some women strive to attain and maintain these labels while others spend their lives trying to shed them.
As a daughter, sister, wife and mother, I was fed up with the mainstream message that the only way you’ll get noticed is by being perfect, mean or sexy. I asked my self what would be the most honest advice I would give my daughter about being a woman and began to write. My story serves as part memoir, part survival guidebook and what I hope helps girls and women make their journeys easier. I’ve dealt with a lot of pain and trauma in my life and made many mistakes. I learned that healing your past can help to identify, avoid and shed the label that you often unknowingly wear.
Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have the guidance of two strong women in my life. My Biji and my mother are the most inspiring women I know. All that is good in me is a result of them. They taught me how to be resilient and adapt, and in these uncertain times, I fall back on all their lessons to help me move forward.
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