Why do I write? I do it to tame the creative monster in my brain that’s constantly vying for my attention. Nasty thing.
I write mostly novels in my free time; young adult, fantasy, or sci-fi, usually with a subtle romantic edge and a mind-blowing plot twist. If you are a literary agent and want to represent one of my novels, I wouldn’t fight you on it. In fact, I’d buy you a donut and everything. (Check out my current Projects in the Works to see what I’m writing about)
I like to rhyme, so, naturally I work poetry into a lot of my projects, including a collection of children’s books I’m in the process of illustrating that were inspired by my kids. If you’ve ever met my kids, you know that means mermaids, superheroes, and ninjas. It’s a pretty ideal side project for those rainy days when I need a break from novels.
Writing started as a hobby back when I was fifteen years old and slowly turned into a mildly unhealthy obsession over the years. I’ve found that if I try to keep a good story idea stuffed into the back corners of my mind, it will throw a temper tantrum and struggle to get out, stealing my focus at public gatherings while I try to suppress the need to put the sizzling idea into words. It’s exhausting. So, I figured I could either get medicated for it, or just become a storyteller as my career.
If you are a writer you can likely relate to this feeling. If you can’t, then maybe I’m as crazy as I’ve always feared.
*knock on wood*
I went to college for Marketing (which entailed advertising, public speaking, sales, fundraising, copy writing, blah, blah, blah) and figured out pretty quick that getting a job at a marketing firm was not going to satisfy my book-hunger in the slightest, however learning how to sell to a certain market, develop marketing strategies, and utilize every available resource to grow a brand was key training that will be useful to propel my career as an author.
Due to this plot twist in my life, I found myself researching writing courses online over the years, and finally settled on a Screen and Play-writing course to satisfy my need to learn more about creating worlds with a pen. As someone who has been actively involved in almost every theatrical production at my church over the last decade, it just seemed right.
On the personal side, I’m a whopping 31 years old, and I’m married with three adorable children who basically rule my life. We live in true Ontario farmland, surrounded by lush fields, with friendly neighbours, but just outside of the bustling Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge tri-cities. Yes, I’m Canadian, which sometimes makes people think I can’t spell due to the extra “U’s” Canadians add into their words (colour, honour, neighbour, etc.) I’m incredibly blessed to be able to stay at home with my kids and spend my free time thinking up wild tales to tell my five-year-old son.
As far as authors are concerned, I’m the most inspired by C.S. Lewis for the life he lived and his passion for God and writing, and by J.M. Barrie for introducing me to Peter Pan and Neverland, and by Stephanie Garber for giving me the Caraval experience (and Legend), and also by Marissa Meyer, Veronica Roth, Adrienne Young, Holly Black, and Marie Lu for writing books I could not put down.
My biggest goal is to bring God glory
with everything I do.
“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”
– C. S. Lewis