A novel of fam­ily se­crets

Clark Phyn­ics on her jour­ney from as­sis­tant di­rec­tor to writer by Ju­lia Mas­troianni

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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

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