I consider myself to be a romance writer but have written in other genres, as well. Eight of my non-fiction articles have been published, with one being a feature cover article.
My debut novel – A Shadow in the Past – was accepted by 4RV Publishing in October 2011 and released in the summer of 2012. I even made the trip to the Kansas Book Festival in September to celebrate its launch and met my publisher and editor face-to-face for the first time, along with three other authors from the publishing house.
I’m the daughter of a Scottish national, who came to Canada as a Home Child through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. I wrote an article on my father and for the longest time only shared it with my local writers’ group. Eventually, I sent it on to Leopard Magazine in Scotland where it appeared in their March 2010 issue. I also wrote a similar piece for The Scotsman’s My Story, entitled Memories of a Home Child.
My father encouraged me to study Highland Dancing and take part in local competitions. I last competed in the summer 1969, a few short months after his death, at the 1000 Islands Highland Games, where I won the Silver Medal in the Sword Dance. In addition to being a talented dancer, I took piping lessons and own a set of bagpipes although they’ve not been used in a number of years. The neighbours are rather thankful of that.
Growing up an only child, I was an avid reader, and although I only had one book in the series, managed to read the entire set of the Nancy Drew Mysteries (then only about 40 titles) thanks to friends and the local library of which I was a member and still is. Black Beauty, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables and other tomes gifted to me over the years still hold places of honour on my filled to capacity bookcases.
To this day, I’m still an avid reader. My other interests include genealogy (in particular the study of ‘Home Children’), photography and travel especially Scotland as I feel a strong kinship with my father’s homeland. It was on a trip to Scotland, that I had the honour of meeting The Princess Royal.
A native of eastern Ontario, I spent my pre-school years in a winterized cottage on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. My family moved to town where I received my education. A number of years later, I returned to post-secondary education where I received a degree in Computer Programming.
The second book in my YA Crossover series – Shadows From Her Past – is still very much a work in progress but I hope to have it off to my critique partner in the coming months.