I have always loved books and writing. As a child, I lived in a house full of books. My parents read and my brother and sisters read. We were a reading family. My room was full of books and I read them over and over and over again. I took creative writing at school, and wrote short stories. Most of them I never showed anyone. I didn’t really think they were any good, but I wrote them anyway.
Now, when I look at my bookshelf, I see a catalogue of alternate realities, new places to go, new people to meet, new paths to travel, as well as old friends, familiar settings and well-loved plots to be visited again and again. Writing a new story is a bit like starting to read a new book, like setting out on a new adventure, or going on an exciting holiday. I know in theory where I am going and who I am going with, but the exact details of the adventure are unknown. Unexpected events happen, characters appear who were not invited and the story takes on a path of its own.
Now, a little bit of info about me. I was born in the United States and grew up in Victoria, Canada where my parents moved when I was three years old. The second of four children, I was always considered the “shy” one, the quiet one. I loved riding horses, playing in the school band and reading, reading, reading.
When I finished school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. After tossing up a few ideas and trying a few different things, I finally decided on speech pathology. It took a long time to get my degree, but I graduated in 1989 and have worked with children with communication disorders ever since. Writing took something of a back seat during this time. I wrote stories to use with the children I worked with, but nothing for myself.
It was after my children were born that I started writing seriously. I had moved to Australia, and took time off work when my girls were little. It started with writing stories for them, but quickly blossomed into something more. After taking a correspondence course on writing for children I had my first short story published in a school magazine in 2002. I haven’t looked back. It can be a frustrating and isolated occupation, with many setbacks, rejections, and frustrations in the writing itself, but the sight of your own book in print is a thrilling experience. And when a child tells you how much they enjoyed your book and that they couldn’t put it down, that makes it all worthwhile.
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