Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?I
I was born and raised in the city of Winnipeg. I think it was my love of reading that led to me wanting to also write. I also spent a lot of time daydreaming.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 12, I wrote an obituary for a mouse. My dad found it so hilarious that he took it to work to show his friends. As an adult I started with putting the occasional article in the Parrot Post, My first book, Take Her and Run wasn't written until my own children were grown.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Take Her and Run is a story I call a "righteous kidnapping". After reports of abuse fall on deaf ears, the child is kidnapped to protect her from further abuse. The story was my way of dealing with the heartbreak of giving up a child to a suspected abuser.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share what's on my heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
Phyllis A. Whitney was the first author that I actually took note of her name and looked for more of her material. Teri Blackstock is one of my current favorites. I've always liked mysteries.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Looking after children and animals keeps me busy. Currently I'm running a home daycare and have a foster baby.
What is your writing process?
I start by daydreaming a story. When I get a chance, I sit at the computer and type and type. I've always done continuing daydreams, where I just pick it up where I left off and continue the story in my head. I can also make it up as I'm writing. Just have to slow myself down a bit. The main thing is to just get the ideas down the best I can, and I can work on changing any parts during subsequent drafts. I can never sit down and reread what I've wrote without finding things that I can improve.
What do you read for pleasure?
I definitely gravitate to mysteries. Believable mysteries. I'm not into science fiction, although I have read some along the lines of cloning. I'll also read biographies and comedies, or preferable a comedic biography.
Describe your desk
I can occasionally see some of the surface of my desk. I'm the kind of person that likes everything I might need right close to me. Pens, papers, staple. Stacks of papers and scraps of papers, it's all there. I also have a reasonably organized small file folder for bills and receipts.
What are you working on next?
I've begun a sequel to my first book.
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