Why do I write? I do it to tame the creative monster in my brain that is constantly vying for my attention. Nasty thing.
I write mostly novels in my free time; young adult, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy…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.
(Go to NOVEL PROJECTS to see what I’m writing about)
It started as a hobby back when I was fifteen years old and then slowly turned into a mildly unhealthy obsession over the years. If you are a writer you can likely relate to this. If you can’t relate then maybe I’m as crazy as I’ve always feared. Either way if telling wild tales is your thing and you’ve got something simmering in that creative mind of yours then I hope you don’t let your mind become a prison cell for a fantastic colourful story. You would be depriving the rest of us in the world, including me, and I don’t like that. In my own life I have found that if I try to keep a good story locked away, it will throw a temper tantrum and struggle to get out, stealing my focus at public gatherings as I try desperately to suppress the need to put a sizzling idea into words. This is exhausting. So set the stories free, for goodness sake. They might be the best thing you ever created.
I went to college for Advertising, which may not seem like it relates to writing stories but it drastically sharpened my edges. I spent my college years learning how to really sell my stories and characters, and learning to understand the market(s) I would write for. All that practice with using words to create a hungry audience has benefited me more than I would have guessed.
Advertising was not my passion, and I found myself researching writing courses online over the years, finally settling on a Screen and Playwriting course to satisfy my need to learn more about writing for an audience. 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, I’m married to a stud, and I have three adorable children. We live in true Ontario farmland, surrounded by fields in a quiet town with friendly neighbours, but just outside of the bustling Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge tri-cities. 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 four-year-old son.
As far as authors are concerned, I am 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 also by Marissa Meyer, Veronica Roth, and Suzanne Collins for writing books that I could not put down.
I attend a great church whose members have been incredibly supportive and await news of my writing ventures.
God is my Protector and my Inspiration. My biggest goal is to bring Him glory with everything that I do.
” ‘The Lion’ all began with a picture of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself, ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’ “
– C. S. Lewis