Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am from Canada and live in a forest right now with my husband and three cats. I am a certified teacher who has taught at all levels, from grade two to adults. I love cooking, walking in the woods and going to plays.
This is my first book but I have loved writing since Grade Three when I received really good feedback from the teacher for my poems. I have been writing online for the last seven years and have done a bit of freelance writing, too.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called “Second Marriage: An Insider’s Guide to Hope, Healing & Love.” It is a self-help book designed especially for those in a marriage where one or both of the parties were married before.
Some of my earliest memories were of trying to help my mother and father fix their relationship. They had a tumultous marriage and I always wanted to make it better for them. When I grew up, I made many of my own romance blunders, which eventually resulted in being divorced at age 22. Over ten years later, I found myself remarried but it was hard. This time, it was my own marriage I was trying to fix.
I decided to write a book on second marriage because I knew that we were not the only ones who had struggles with being married the second time around. I wanted to help others who were dealing with similar issues to us.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yikes! I do tend to stay up really late sometimes when I get on a roll with writing. Once I get going, it’s hard to stop!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
C.S. Lewis is my favourite author of all time and i think I was influenced by his search for truth and passion for God.
I think I was a influenced by an author named Mike Mason, who wrote a book called “The Mystery of Marriage: Meditations on the Miracle.”
What are you working on now?
I am working on a second marriage journal, a second marriage devotional and a book on being married to your opposite.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have been learning more about networking and am trying to do more talking to other authors to promote my work.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author, too, so I can just say to my fellow new authors: this is just the beginning. Don’t expect everything to happen at once and believe that it will get easier in time to get your name out there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My Grandma told me that any person can hold their temper because they manage to hold their temper when they are around their boss! That really made me think!
What are you reading now?
I am reading the Lynn Austen series, “Gods and Kings.” I absolutely love Biblical fiction.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to write more books and eventually do some speaking and courses on marriage topics.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Ohh, that’s a hard one because I don’t often re-read books. Let me see…
The Bible, for sure.
The Mystery of Marriage: Meditations on the Miracle, the book I mentioned earlier by Mike Mason.
A box set of Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis (sorry, that’s probably cheating but I’m doing it, anyways!)
And a compiled book of Shakespeare’s works. I have always meant to read all of them and then would have the opportunity.