I live in a little place called Stayner, in Ontario Canada. Four of my five kids live with me (we have a huge house), all I’m happy to say are quite old enough to fend for themselves. My youngest is thirteen, so I’m close to surviving that stage of parenting. I love having the kids close most of the time it’s like having all of your best friends with you all the time, they hardly ever make me go ‘mom’ on them now. It’s lots of fun.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since 2006 I believe, at least that’s when I wrote an entire book to the end. I’d tried years before that, but having five children in ten years got to be a little hectic at times.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I actually don’t. I can write anywhere, whether there’s a computer handy or not, just give me a pen and something to write on.
4) Why did you decide to write This Ring?
The idea just came to me, out of nowhere and it was an intriguing enough story that I had to write it. Several times a year I go up North to a peaceful lake and stay in a cozy little cabin, it’s my escape time. If I get up early enough I’m treated to the view of the lake at dawn, when the mist starts to rise off the lake. One morning the idea came to me … a woman sees a man walk up out of the mist on the lake. All I had to do from there was figure out why they were both there and a few details and it developed into This Ring.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I was definitely drawn to Bryce in this story. He just seemed so lost most of the time, but had a quirky sense of humor at the same time, it was quite interesting to get inside his head and get it down on paper.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I actually liked all the characters in this one, which is odd. When I started writing the part of Mrs. Polson, I didn’t intend to like her, but I couldn’t help it after I heard her story.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do proofread them, but I wouldn’t call myself an editor. I can edit other people’s work easily, just not my own. But the time my book is sent to the publisher it’s been proofread by myself (roughly five times), three beta readers that point out some errors for me and also by another beta reader that does edit as she goes very thoroughly. Then it goes to the publisher.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to read when things are quiet. When the kids are all available we usually end up doing something together… spur of the moment road trips (where we usually get lost), odd shopping events (where all of our inner child makes an appearance), games (board, cards, computer, game console) and occasionally we’ll go hiking.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot.
My favorite authors, that’s a long answer. The top five would have to be Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Nora Roberts, Gena Showalter and J R Ward, but they’re all tied with roughly twenty other authors. When I’m not neck deep in my own writing, I do review reads for a few review companies as well as submission reads for two different publishers.
10) Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about This Ring?
Yes. I asked to have a special price for a short time during my tour stops and my wish was granted. Until October 9th you can get it at Smashwords for 99¢ with the check-out code SR53F.
Thanks for having me here today!!