Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My home is in Toronto, Canada
but since my husband retired five years ago we spend winters in Florida. I'm a
mom/stepmom to a happily blended family of seven grown "kids" and six
grandchildren. I've been telling stories through photography since I received
my first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of 6. Skiing, tennis, and golf are a big
part of my life and I love to travel. I'm actually in the south of France now
until the end of September where I'm writing my next novel as part of the story
is set over here.
Describe your book ‘The Bridge Club’ in 30 words or less.
Eight women share friendship for over forty years.
Stuff happens. Laughter, tears, and a major crisis that challenges all of their
beliefs create a story that stays with you forever
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing is a challenging and, in many ways,
solitary undertaking. You become completely absorbed in your story and I would
say finding a balance between writing and managing the rest of my very busy
life was the hardest part. There were times when I simply wanted to lock myself
away and not have to think about anything else except my characters and the
journey on which they were taking me!
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
There have been many books for many different
reasons. However recently I would have to say "On Writing" by Stephen
King. This will sound strange as I have never read any of his popular books.
That genre doesn't appeal to me. However in writing workshops "On
Writing" was recommended over and over again. I read it and fell in love
with King. His writing style, attitude, sense of humour and appreciation of
life and his craft were all very inspiring and motivating. Whenever I have some
time I intend to read his fiction as well.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
Since publication of The Bridge Club last
September, social media has ruled my life. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn,
Goodreads, the list goes on. I had no involvement in any of that previously so
the learning curve has been steep. I've done a number of radio and television
interviews as well. It's hard work and very demanding ... and I love it. I'm in
the process of listing The Bridge Club on Kindle Direct as well. E-books are
certainly cornering a large share of the market. I'm also invited to speak with
a lot of book clubs who find The Bridge Club an excellent choice for
discussion. Meeting readers is the best thing about being published. Even if it
is on Skype!
How do you spend your time when you are not
mentioned at the beginning of this interview, I have a large family and we
spend a lot of time with each other. That's the most important thing in my
life. When I have time I indulge in the sports I enjoy. Travel is a big part of
my life and my photography is tied into that.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on my next novel and part of it will be
set in the south of France.
Since I'm here it would be a shame not to write about it. The story is coming
along nicely and I'm very excited about it. Hopefully it will be available by