I am a full time writer, mom, wife, and Auntie! Life gets busy but it’s a good busy.
Before I started to write full time, I worked for many years in the Canadian Criminal Justice system, but I was one of the lucky ones to escape back into the real world of living. The education and experience did influence my psyche though and often drifts into my characters or settings.
Another major influence on my writing has been through travel. I live in Canada and have travelled to the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Europe. On the “to go to” list are: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Antarctic, UK, New Zealand, and Thailand.
I’ve been a freelance writer for several years and have written for publications in both Canada and the United States.
I have been successful in achieving First Place and Honorable Mentions for many short stories.
I’ve also written two full length novels which will be published soon.
I became an Auntie when I was four years old and it’s been a life-long joy. “Auntie Says…” is a bi-weekly column that I write for Black Press. It’s made up of common sense advice, observations, and sometimes a much needed slap up side the head. It’s for readers of all ages. After all, we know that if you can’t get an answer from your parents, Auntie will know.
My Favorite quotes:
“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” Oprah Winfrey
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” Stephen King
My Favorite Authors:
Liane Moriarty–clever, contemporary, and so readable.
Rainbow Rowell–Eleanor and Park…sooo good.
Jonas Saul–fast paced, unpredictable, and edgy.
Stephen King–always a crazy ride to somewhere.