Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, where the ocean meets the mountains. I have written two books thus far. Breathe, was my first book released and is a photographic, inspirational title that encourages the reader to pause for a moment and breathe.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Becoming Mrs. Smith is my most recent release. It is the first in a three book series. The story was inspired by the novel I was in the midst of writing. Two female characters from the novel began to wake me up at 3:00 am for weeks on end, insisting that I allow their stories to be told from their perspectives. Thus, Becoming Mrs. Smith, the story of Violet Sanderson was created. The next story in the series is, Stealing Mr. Smith.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write both with pen and paper and the computer. If ever the creativity begins to slow or I am stuck on figuring my way around a piece of dialogue or a scene, I simply find a comfy place to sit and start writing by hand.
As a side note, my handwriting is atrocious so I have to be certain to take my notes and get them into the computer within a couple of days if I want any hope of being able to recall what I wrote, as I often times can’t read what I’ve written in haste.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Lisa Genova’s, Left Neglected as well as Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic.
What are you working on now?
Stealing Mr. Smith is the next story in the series and Bernice is chomping at the bit to get her story told. Bernice is the opposite of Violet (Becoming Mrs. Smith) and I expect she will be very entertaining to write.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesomegang is pretty awesome! Other than that, the best thing I have done is build a solid community of fans who are eager to read each new book I release.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Believe in yourself. You can most certainly do anything you dream of, if only you believe. It can sometimes be a lonely step out into your own true self, but the journey is what makes the dream so worth while.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Trust my gut when it comes to my characters, my story, my words.
What are you reading now?
Sing you home by Jodi Picoult.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have two books in the Smith series to finish and then I am off to find a new adventure. I feel one calling me, but it’s still a secret as I work out the details in my head.
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?
Big Magic, Left Neglected, (both of these because they are the only two books beside my own that I have reread more than once). I think I might also want to take anything by Jodi Picoult as I’m sure any story of hers would make me feel as if my desert island was nothing compared to what her characters are going through.