Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Niagara-On-The_Lake in Ontario Canada. I grew up in a rural farming community and was exposed to country living, farming practices, gardening and animals. I cared for horses as my first job and the horses in my story come from memories in my heart.
When did you first start writing?
I began as a teenager, but I never wrote a long story or novel length book until I reached my 40s.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a publisher for several years and never had time to properly promote and market my own books. But I have the knowledge needed to publish and plug it, and now I finally have the time to devote to it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a crush and used him as my muse. We were not right for each other in reality, thus I made a happy ending I would want if given the opportunity.
What are you working on next?
A tale of survival in the northern Canadian wilderness, after a small aircraft crashes and two survivors depend on each other to endure all the trials and pitfalls. Of course love shall sneak into their hearts and help them face it together.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love a good romance novel. Nothing like love and the desire to be loved, can inspire me more or bring me so in touch with the emotions of a character.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping into some other persons head and living it for them.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The 1st novel length book I ever read was Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul. From that moment on I dove into reading with a passion for the 1st time in my life. I had always avoided reading, but it took just the right book to pull me in, wrap me up in the story and appreciate the written word.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the most important factor to success as an author. They mean a great deal to me and I am always happy to interact with them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jean M. Auel, John Saul, Gary Jennings, Kathleen and Michael Gear, Sonnet O'Dell.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an artist and photographer, so I am usually working on something creative to fill my time and keep me inspired.
How do you approach cover design?
As an artist and a creator of over 20 other book covers it comes pretty easy to me. I am great working in Photoshop and I like to take many aspects of a story and find ways to depict them on a cover to help tease the reader. I give them an idea of what to expect so they will want more.
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