I have lived and traveled throughout North America, in recent years embarking on wider travels. Having taught in Inuit schools in the Arctic, built a homestead in the BC mountains, and performed with West African drum and dance troupes, I currently make my home in Victoria, BC, working as a freelance copy editor and writer, with several published works of fiction and nonfiction.
What was the inspiration for your book, Rendezvous?
The core story in Rendezvous is a real-life adventure my family and I experienced in 1987 in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. The successful outcome of that adventure, with its numerous challenges and pitfalls, allowed me to muse on a variety of “what-if” scenarios stemming from the actual story line - most of them disastrous. In the paranormal sense, and structurally in the novella, I conceived of these as alternative timelines or parallel realities. Somehow karmically the other characters and I “chose” the one scenario leading to our survival.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is to tap into that miracle of creation itself. The characters take on a life of their own, the story writes itself through me. There is a lot of satisfaction too in working with the material, helping to shape it as it shapes itself. There is also the hard-earned joy of crafting and improving the work after the first drafts. But the core joy comes from the role of midwife in the birthing of a new reality.