Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Ontario, the daughter of a miller. Living where there weren't many people, and having a mom that didn't drive, I spent a lot of time alone, entertaining myself, making up my own games and eventually turning to the writing of music and poetry. The love of writing never really went away, and as I approached my forties, I gave journaling a try, which then eventually grew into memoirs and self help books. Had I not spent the time in my youth writing from the heart in the form of songs and poetry, I don't think I'd have ever made the jump later in life to writing books!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well, since so far I've written and published only self-help and inspirational books, I'd have to say that the greatest joy of writing has been sharing my own experiences in a way that can be of benefit to others who are hurting or in need of motivation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm probably doing the same things everyone else does. Browsing social media, keeping house, raising kids, taking care of an aging parent and paying the bills. That, and I play guitar and piano. Mostly for my cats!
What is your writing process?
My writing process usually involves weeks of ruminating an idea before attempting to sit and write anything about it. I jot snippets here and there until I have a sort of outline, then I jump in and write it all very quickly, getting the ideas out of my head and into my word processor. From there, I tend to rewrite the whole thing start to finish at least once, fleshing out what I want to say and trying not to sound like a hick or a bore! When engaged in writing, I tend to have coffee on hand, as well as a cat on the back of my chair or on my desk, demanding a cuddle break. I still get things done though!
How do you approach cover design?
Having been an art student long ago, I have tackled the cover designs of my published works myself using online cover creators and Photoshop. If I felt I could not create a catchy cover, I would not hesitate to outsource the work. Your cover is what catches the reader's eye. It should do that job well for you.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kobo, and I have a Samsung tablet with the Kindle app on it. The Kobo is great for outdoor reading because it doesn't have a backlit screen. The Samsung tablet is lightweight and easy to handle. I guess it depends on where I am reading!
Describe your desk
My desk has a kidney shaped top in light oak that is home to some really boss computer speakers, my planner, oodles of office supplies (I may have a fetish!) and a pink himalayan salt candle holder where I burn tea lights all the while that I am writing at my desk. I also have an old school pencil sharpener attached to the end of my desk, and a tape dispenser in the shape of a red high heeled shoe. My pen holder is a cashew can. Overall, it has an eclectic, eccentric, bohemian flair to it!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The smell of coffee drifting from the kitchen. My amazing hubby makes a pot before I get up everyday!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Losing My Religion and Loving It, is really my coming of age story, except it happened in mid-life instead of my late teens. I had come out of a cult church setting, disillusioned and emotionally fragile, and this book walks the reader through my emotions, mindset and spiritual rebirth as I left my religion behind, 'found myself' and blazed a new path for my own spirituality. It's really the story of how I became the person I am today; a much more confident and love-centric person than I was a decade ago.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been one to try to tackle things or figure them out on my own, and being a published author was no different. Instead of the thought of spending years trying to snag a publishing contract with the big 6, I figured I'd give it a go on my own! It isn't as tricky as one might think, although you do have to be your own marketing team. I'm learning a lot along the way!
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