I am new to the writing game, and even though The Canadian Highland is my first book, it most certainly will not be my last. I have taught middle school for a number of years, and my writing is for this audience. It's important that we bring history to life, and that is what I do every day in class. This book is simply an extension of my teaching style.
I have a little 3 year old, so getting time to write these days has been a challenge. Soon, however, I'll have a new book for readers with another strong female character. The feisty nature of my daughter is the inspiration I use to create characters who are resilient in the face of tremendous odds.
Ultimately, it's my hope that others can feel the passion and excitement in history by living it through the actions of those who experienced it first hand!
When did you first start writing?
I have always been a writer ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil correctly. My early stories were not all that great, but it was more about imagination instead of style as a child. I published a couple of short stories in university, but it has only been in the last 10 years or so that I have become serious about writing. A lot of it stems from the challenges of teaching history with books that focus more on names and dates. For me, it's always about focussing on the word "story" in history!
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a story about survival in the face of insurmountable odds. The poor crofters from the Scottish Highlands were evicted from their property with no place to go. From these depths of despair comes a saviour in the form of Lord Selkirk and his settlement plan. Yet, at every turn, what was expected to be salvation for the Highlanders turned into more challenges and tragedy. I wanted to tell this story from the point of view of a young girl. There is a strength and resilience to her character that readers will certainly connect with!
Starting over is never easy, especially if you are a young girl from the Scottish Highlands. Kicked out of her home, Molly Fraser accepts the opportunity to lay down roots in the Canadian wilderness. Violence and struggle meet her at every turn! She may be young, but events prove her to be more brave and powerful than any man.