I am an adventurer at heart though I had never imagined that I would climb a mountain, sail the South Pacific or trek across the north of England – but I did all those things and more.
I was born and raised in a remote farming community in northwest Alberta, Canada, where the boreal forest rises up to a ridge of hills that sweeps down to meet the great prairies. Books have always been an important part of my life and as a child it was my passage to places I never imagined existed. When young, I often looked out upon the Clear Hills, dreaming of the day when I would go over their peaks to the other side, to experience the vast world beyond. Maybe, had my bedroom window faced south I might have imagined myself leaping over the steep banks of the mighty Peace River, where many more opportunities lay.
It was after I left the security of my little farming community when I became witness to homelessness, abuse and violence, and discovered a world filled with social problems that I had never known existed. I write about these topics to get a better understanding of what others face but also to provide a means for readers to experience those challenges through fiction.
When I left my job in finance, Jack and I retired to live aboard our sailboat, Wyntersea (link to the website). One would have thought that it was the perfect time to start sorting through my boxes of writings then assembling them into manuscripts, for surely there would be little to distract me, aside from the lapping of the sea against the hull of the sailboat, the warm breeze singing in the rigging and the gentle sway of the ocean to lull me into a dream-world. But it was not to be. We looked far out on the horizon, saw even greater adventures, left the security of Vancouver Island’s inside passage and sailed to Alaska and Mexico before going south and west among many dozens of islands within the South Pacific: French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia before pausing for a long rest in New Zealand then ending our sailing journey in Australia.
When the anchor was dropped for the last time I began compiling my writing into manuscripts and in 2013 published my first novel. Writing is my passion and delight and I write almost every day, primarily fiction, drawing on social subjects that touch close to my heart. My desire to write has become an obsession. When I’m not writing I spend time in the kitchen going through old family recipes, cooking up something yummy and dreaming up my next story. I am a lover of animals and nature and enjoy being outdoors.
Most recently I have begun writing youth novels
under the pen name
Writing for youths is a refreshing change, a way to temporarily escape the problems of the world.
go against the grain,
develop an insatiable curiosity,
establish a sense of purpose,
grasp new complexities and
be sensitive to others,
for every person has a story of their own.