Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I really enjoy writing picture books, hut I have only publish one currently “The Forgotten Little Penguin.” Currently I am writing a Young Adult book which is taking a lot of my time, so picture books are on pause for the moment.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Forgotten Little Penguin was actually dreamed up in a creative writing class. I can still vividly remember the feeling of abandonment as a child, when my parents left me mistakenly behind in a friends house.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to read about the skill of writing before I begin. I feel it places me in the right frame of mind to begin.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I recently enjoyed the young adult novel The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. The action was great and I felt fully submersed. My favourite picture book as a child was about a pancake that escaped, with a recipe for pancakes at the back. My first incentive to make anything edible came from that book.
What are you working on now?
My Young Adult book. Its drafting stage and its killing me. I keep finding ways to escape from its clutches (such as filling in the bio).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still searching.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be persistent and it will eventually pay off.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You are the only person that can write this book in your unique way”.
I should have written the name of the author that said that.
What are you reading now?
Need Joelle Charbonneau.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I wish I knew. To keep writing and reading as much as I can.
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?
Book on surviving being stranded on a desert island. Book on building boats and a blank book so I can fill in the pages.