A novel of family secrets
Clark Phynics on her journey from assistant director to writer by Julia Mastroianni
Listening to Clark Phynics’ life story, it sounds more like a fantasy novel than real life. From academies for gifted kids selected by the government to scientific theories on time and the future, Phynics has done it all.
But for Phynics, who also has assistant director credits on shows such as Once Upon A Time and A
Series of Unfortunate Events, this kind of highly classified lifestyle is all she’s ever known.
Her father was a strategic planner with clients such as the Canadian Department of National Defence; her aunt had top U.S. clearance as a computer engineer who worked on the first space missions; and her mother was the main frame programmer for one of the world’s first private intranets for Sears.
Phynics followed suit, attending a 10-year Academy for the Gifted program, which was part of Claude Watson School for the Arts, which she also attended.
Even further back, both her grandmothers were trailblazers in their own time. They worked in a time when women legally weren’t allowed to. One was a prospector who helped hire a base camp crew. The other, a teacher, had the church and school she taught at hide her marriage from the government so that she could continue on teaching.
“I’m connected to the public, and I’m able to get the story out now.”
However, as is often the case for successful women of the past, the Phynics women won’t appear in any history books, even though one of her grandmother’s families is correlated to the Masonry that founded the Statue of Liberty.
“The thing for women is that a great deal of them don’t seem to have a sense of the past. My aunt, nobody knows she existed, and the same goes for my grandmother.”
That is part of the reason why Phynics felt she had to create a book series about her family history, among other topics.
“I’m the one in the family out of all these people that weren’t able to have a voice and were top-secret individuals, I’m the one that went the other way into media. So I’m connected to the public, and I’m able to get the story out now.”
On the film and television side of her career, Phynics worked on many sets, most often as an assistant director.
She’s now returning to her creative roots that she began embracing during her days at Claude Watson where she dabbled in writing, directing and acting.
Her book, Phynics Forever Rising, which will be published in 2018, takes the reader through her experiences.
Some seem so unbelievable you’ll do a double take, such as her theory of “forememory” — the ability to perceive and recall memories of the future just as we do from the past. She uses examples and experiences from her life that suggest this theory could be true.
Phynics is writing two more books in the series, presently titled Memoirs of the Woman in the Steel Mask, each exploring a different aspect of her experiences.
Phynics is currently writing the next two books in her series