I'm a small-town girl from Taylor Village, a community on the fringe of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. I lived there with my mother and sister in an old farmhouse with a pack of cats and acres of land for roaming. After high school, I moved to Halifax to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where I met my husband, David. We now live in Ottawa with frequent trips home to the Maritimes.
I first fell in love with words as a songwriter. I grew up playing guitar and later studied piano, which became the backdrop for my song writing. For my song You Shine, I received Honourable Mention at the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Awards, Semi-Finalist in the UK International Song Writing Competition, and was nominated for Best New Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.
I soon turned my attention to writing stories about strong female characters in the East Coast of Canada. My debut novel Stuck is about an Acadian woman in New Brunswick, struggling to make her own way in life. My second book, Letters From Labrador, tells the story of a British midwife working in northern Labrador in the 1970s, and her present-day struggle with dementia.
HOW THIS ALL CAME TO BE
I always dreamed of writing a book, but to be honest with you, it's hard to write 65,000 words. I had a lot of false starts, but after eight years of sporadic writing, I finally finished a decent manuscript. However, finding myself in the home stretch made me realize that the last bit of editing work was going to take the most concentrated effort.
So in December 2012, I dedicate all of my time to finishing what I'd started, becoming a full-time freelance writer and editor. I also went back to school to earn a certificate in editing from Simon Fraser University.
And now, after self- publishing two books, blogging about writing and self-publishing, and editing numerous books by self-published authors, I offer a course on How to Publish a Book, which helps other authors learn about self-publishing.
Onward and upward!