Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in Ottawa in an apartment downtown. I love to walk around when it's sunny, not so good in the rain. Snow is okay sometimes. I've written four books, two with MuseItUp Publishing and two with Nocturnal Fox Entertainment. The last two are children's picture books, the first one is a horror, the second a tween adventure.
I was raised in White Rock, BC a very nice small city by the ocean on the lower mainland of BC. I loved playing on the beach as a child, all the sea creature fascinated me, some of them scared me. I have great memories of White Rock.
Since 1979, I have lived in Ottawa, Ontario. It's a big city which I feel is better for my personality. I love all-night cafes, etc. Not that I go out much at night now.
I have been writing since the 1990s.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Hippopotamus, a children's picture book about a day in the life of young HippopotaRuss. It was just a poem I wrote up and thought it was cute. My publisher agreed and now it's a soft cover book illustrated by Elizabeth Eichelberger.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to have the television on and I need to play a couple of card games before I start.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The first time I wanted to write seriously was reading Emily Bronte. I thought if I could do something like that I would feel amazing. Well, I'm not that good or poetic but it was my start. I think every writer you read influences you.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on another tween adventure, this one takes place in Canada and Colorado, USA. It's set in a historical time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
It depends on whether you're paying and what your criteria is. Bookbub gets huge sales but they are picky about who they will promote and you have to pay over $100.
There are free sites like yours and they can do well, too.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep working, keep critting, you will get published if you do.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Barbara Kyle – a book about how to write a novel that will sell, I'm getting ambitious.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm not sure maybe personal appearances.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
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