Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
am an author, artist, and playwright. During the day I teach high school Art,
Drama and English. I guess this means that my ‘day job’ (the thing that pays
the bills) and my ‘calling’ (the fun stuff) mesh pretty well. I currently have
two books and one play in print and I have several other works in progress. I
received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and have
since lived and worked in many interesting locations in Canada’s north, many of
them ‘North of 60’. My husband and I raised four children and we currently live
in Tumbler Ridge, BC.
Describe your book in 30 words or less.
an archeologist finds pterodactyl and human bones carefully buried together in the
mountains of Zimbabwe, a chain of reactionary skepticism follows, leading to
threats, sabotage and even murder.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
did a lot of research for And The Beat Goes On and wanted to
incorporate as much of that without coming across as pedantic or expository.
Somehow, one has to make the story flow; the information should not get in the
way of the action. I think I managed to achieve that, at least from what
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
love classic Sci-fi/ spec fiction like John Wyndham, George Orwell, Edgar Rice
Burroughs and Ray Bradbury. As well, I’m a fan of Christian spec authors like
Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. I suppose these have had a big influence,
although I do not write pure ‘spec’ fiction myself.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
do most of my marketing online through building my author’s platform and social
networking. Of course, I also do some ‘face to face’ stuff like author readings,
signings etc. but the majority of my efforts are in cyberspace.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
marketing, and working at my ‘real’ job take up the majority of my time. I
enjoy painting and printmaking as a hobby, and I also direct an amateur theatre
group which can be quite time consuming just before a show. We put on two major
productions a year.
What are you working on next?
prequel to And The Beat Goes On is actually in the production phase as we
speak. It is called Play It Again. I also have several other WIPs on the go as well
as an illustrated children’s book and several plays