Change shakes things up. It’s like a drop of scotch for the soul; warm, invigorating, and a bit of a shock to the system if you haven’t partaken in a while. And it’s the one thing in life we can count on.
Writing is like that for me. It carries me into another world where I don’t always see what’s coming. The characters often take on a life of their own, surprising me with their choices and sometimes leaving me shaking my head in disbelief, but that’s how it should be when one is on an adventure. After all, if it isn’t exciting for me to write, why would you want to read it?
My favorite subject matter is history, passionate romance, human relationships of all kinds but especially the aberrant variety, shifts in time and space, magic, and all the other wonderful dips and quirks that are possible in quantum physics. A little murder and mayhem every now and then spices the mixture nicely.
That was the important part.
Here’s the rest:
I’m a first generation Canadian, the daughter of an Irish father and a Scottish mother who’s family had been here awhile. I was born in Midland, Ontario on beautiful Georgian Bay but we didn’t stay long. My very early childhood was spent in Northern Ireland, then it was back to Canada where I’ve spent the rest of my time bouncing around several places in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia. Next stop, Nova Scotia. Living in Cape Breton is my idea of heaven on earth. When I dip my toes in the ocean there, I am connected with the land of my birth and the lands of my heritage. It’s a wonderful feeling. Maybe one day soon…
Really blah-de-blah part:
Over my lifetime, I’ve worked in journalism, program production, commercial writing (don’t ask), and as an on-air person when there was no one else to do it. I really did not like that part. On one memorable occasion, I was asked to stand in for the host of a local music show, talking about musicians I’d never met and their music that I’d never heard. Preparation time? None. That show aired at 6 a.m. which is a good thing for all concerned. No, that was not for me. I’m most comfortable behind the scenes, creating something magical. Later, I morphed into a Photoshop instructor and reclaimed my joy in visual art.
- Glorious update: I now live on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, which is proof dreams come true when you make it happen. I have two grown children, a son and a daughter, who are constant sources of inspiration for reasons that don’t always thrill them.
- A novel that includes all my favorite elements is underway right now.