I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."
Why I Write
When I was younger I really enjoyed writing, and knew one day I would write a book to tell my story. I believe it's important to shine a light on the dark things that happen in this world, not to promote self-pity or negativity, but rather to encourage change, and to help others know that they are not alone. My memoir is not yet published, but I am working on it, and I have included a couple of excerpts on this website, and may add more in the future. Much of the book is quite dark, but spoiler alert, it all turned out well.
When I started writing children's fiction, I wanted to write a book that showcased animals that were not only entertaining, but also facing issues that children deal with, like, bullies, losing a loved one, moving away, and all the while encouraging diversity. I'm very pleased to say that my first published book accomplished all that. And I look forward to writing more books of that nature, because there is nothing more rewarding than to see a child identify with a character that can help him/her through a problem they are encountering.
The fun thing about writing is that you can create a whole other world. I found that to be especially true when I started writing the action thriller that I am currently working on. I began with one character and created her biography, then added the characters that she interacted with, and then, created their biographies. Before I knew it...BAM! A whole other world of people! Such fun!
Not only has writing given me the opportunity help others and to tap into my creative side, but it has introduced me to a group of the most amazing people I've ever had the chance to meet. Other writers!
The first conference I went to a few years ago was the Canadian Writer's Summit, attended by over eight hundred writers at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre. I flew to Toronto by myself and stayed for five days. I didn't know a soul and was a fish completely out of water. I remember on the first night, I was standing amongst some great authors--that had each written scores of books--when someone asked me what genre I wrote in. I explained that I wasn't really a writer, but that I was in the midst of working on a memoir. He point blankly looked at me and quite gruffly said, "Well, are you writing?" I hesitantly replied, "Yes." Then he said, "Then you ARE a writer, and don't let anyone tell you any different." The others in the group all nodded their heads in agreement.
I have since considered myself a writer.
I've included some excerpts of some of my work. Just click on the tabs, and if you like what you read, please drop me a line, I'd love to hear your feedback. Remember though, my work has not yet been professionally edited or polished, so please be kind.