A day older than yesterday
Where are you from
I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
What can I say… I grew up surrounded by brothers, seven, though one died in infancy. I have an older sister. I was a tomboy, and always had a story in my mind to play when we were growing up. The things we used to do and get into to would have given the average parent heart failure. Occasionally we got caught. Our yard was the coolest place to grow up in, there were all sorts of things to explore. We even had a couple of cockpits from jet fighters in the back yard for a while, until mom caught us playing in them and got dad to ship them off to the scrap. L She could be like that. She didn’t like us jumping from one stack of wooden crates to the other either. (granted, they were 15 feet high and 10 feet apart.) Running over the top of those crates and jumping from stack to stack at full tilt was a blast. (Yes, we were acting out stories) There were the 3 of us. (little bro, the neighbour boy and I.) I guess we were a little wild.
Growing up with mega older brothers is almost an education on its own, though I did go to the regular schools and did work at 2 jobs to earn enough to go to University for a while, but life happens and I didn’t make it. Long story.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Good or bad? Most of my news revolves around my writing, as it has become my life. I only come up for air every once and a while when life throws me a curve. I tend to keep my life as private as possible.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I never really thought about writing until I became a teenager and a friend wanted me to read a book she was writing. I agreed, as I would read anything including the milk carton. I was very undiplomatic in my rendition of her work and she challenged me to do better. I was never a person to turn down challenges that wouldn’t hurt. So I sat down and wrote my first novel. She didn’t say much when she read it, but she threw hers out. I felt guilty about that. A few people have read my first story, but not many. Now there are a lot of people who say they would like to get into that closet where I hid those stories.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I never thought of myself as a writer for years. I considered writing as more of a hobby than something serious for me. I didn’t think I was good enough, and I had more than enough work with the family business to keep me occupied. It was at a writers symposium that someone first called me a writer and I looked at them with the dumbest look anyone could probably put on their face. It was like “Me’? A writer?” Response… Duh, ya… lol.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
If you are talking about the first one that because published, that story seemed to came out of thin air. It was about three weeks after my mother died and I hadn’t written anything for years, though my mind was always coming up with something that never found its way onto paper. For some unknown reason I picked up my old writing pad and a pen and began to write again, the result was “Gabriel”, book 1 in The Elven Chronicles… I haven’t quite writing since.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I have been told I have a very unusual writing style. I have used several, but hate the first person form of writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
In the case of “Gabriel” I made it simple and just used the main character’s name, though he has competition for the role. Most people who read book one like other characters. With “Aura” I wasn’t sure what to call it, but the name felt right. On the average I have a lot of trouble mixing and matching until it feels right. Theory in Depth, which comes out in November is about the result of a scientific experiment based on a thesis. (I had fun researching that one) (you have any idea how little information there is on extra-species artificial insemination?)
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my novels are meant to lighten up someone’s day. I do have my serious stories, but feel life is too short to be taken so seriously that we forget to smile. There are enough glum things going on around us that we need to forget occasionally how cruel our world is.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
With Aura I pulled some of the scenes from personal experience, and from research done on conditions of the past. With the Elves… well… I would have to say, not much. I haven’t based characters on anyone I know… then again, how many Elves do you know who ride White Dragons?
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I try to stay away from using life experiences from either my own life, or any of my friends. Although, there are a few things some of those Elves do that look every familiar… but not quite.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I have read a great variety of books (probably about 20% of the Encyclopedia Britannica). I love fantasy, scifi, Historical stories, and comedy. Not really into Mystery, though I do run into some I consider really good. I have read a lot of the classics, Dickens, Austen and Shakespeare, amongst others.
I really enjoy Anne McCaffrey, Mary Stewart, CL Wilson, GRR Martin, JRR Tolken, Christine Feehan… I could go on and on. They probably all have influenced me a little along the way. I think we all pick up on the small things we read and make them our own.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have read too many to choose one, and I don’t want to say Grimm’s fairy tales. If you were talking about television during my youth that would be a no brainer… Bugs Bunny. J
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently I am reading “Immortal Ever After” by Linsay Sands. In a few days I will probably be reading something else. Right now I am just happy to have a little time to read where I don’t have edits or deadlines breathing down my neck.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are so many new authors out there I don’t know where to turn first. Also how new is new? I am still in awe of CL Wilson’s Tairen Soul Series, and Jennifer Fallon’s Second Son Series. Neither author is considered “NEW” anymore. But they are great.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently working on editing the last half of “Life Mate to a King”, book 4 of the Elven Chronicles, and I am not quite happy with “Theory In Depth” yet, so I am going to check it over one more time before I get into the edits (that will only be the 4th time.) I am going through the 2nd edit on “Embracing the light” – a Novelette on the Elven toddlers at Christmas. I am reworking “Champions”, which I am going to release a few pages at a time on my website for either members/followers only. I am finishing off the last few chapters on “Return of the Legend”… book 5 of the Elven Chronicles (the one that was supposed to have only been a short story but ended up as a full novel. 😛 ) I have listed which books I am going to release next year, though I am not happy with one of the names and haven’t named the other 2 short stories yet. There is probably something else in there that I am not thinking of at the moment.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Only one? I am thinking of Eniko Tolnai because she keeps me focused, true it is from across half the Dominion of Canada, but hey you really have to keep your mind on what you are looking at from that distance.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would like to, it is harder than most people think, not just the focus, but the reworking, edits, reedits, formatting, grammar, spelling, etc. It doesn’t end with the two words at the end of the book (come to think of it the Elven Chronicles usually end with to be continued, so it might be closer to reality than I want to think.) Writing is also not a “your rich, you wrote a book” thing either. It all has to come together, so if you write the best advice anyone can give you is not to quit your day job until you are sure you can afford the electric bill to keep your computer running.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My editor keeps telling me not to look back. Of course I would. And that goes for them all. Never satisfied.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I just wrote. I used to get tired of reading the same stuff over and over and write. Some was the same premise as what I probably had read in the past, but I wanted to blaze my own trail. I wanted to be unique.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
(I will let you cut what you want off of this or not as you feel is good.)
An excerpt? From Life Mate to a King? Sure, I can do that.
Aredhel tightened her lips and narrowed her eyes as she caught sight of her father talking to two Elves who bore a strong resemblance to him. They had to be a couple of his sons. Fine, Aredhel thought to herself. Let him have his precious sons. She didn’t need any of them, there were many others who needed her.
Earlier Aredhel had stopped to listen to what had gone on in the lands behind the barrier. She had heard nothing but glowing accounts of how the Dragon army had laid waste to the Demon Horde. She admitted she was more than happy to hear about their destruction. As far as she was concerned the less Demons she had to fight, the better. She was willing to bet that the Elves that needed rescuing the most had been missed. Those Elves had been hidden by Demons deep in the bowels of the earth where the Dragons could not go. They would suffer for the actions of the Dragons.
Aredhel had made it her quest to free Elves that she thought others had forgotten. They were the ones who needed the most help. Tortured and subjected to untold degrees of depravity, they endured. Aredhel had rescued one poor tormented soul after the other to return them to the light. Most had been saved before their minds had been affected. Some wanted no more than the right to end their own lives. She could never allow that. They were all souls who deserved to be brought back to the light to live another day.
Aredhel held to the thought that any Elf with enough integrity left in their soul to want to save the rest of the world from what they might have become while in captivity was worth saving. Such an Elf often had more honor than could be imagined. They personally doubted the truth of the matter but with a little guidance awoke to the fact. The saving of such a soul usually made Aredhel feel euphoric. It left her with the lingering impression that she had dome something worthwhile.
Aredhel narrowed her eyes further as she sneered at her father and brothers. Let them act the heroes of their people if they wanted. She would show them what a true warrior did. Her eyes ran over Liessen’s again as she turned, and she caught a slight impression of shock from deep within them. She refused to stop and give the matter thought. She had work to do, and it was time she got started.
As Aredhel turned her back on the crowd and slipped through the portal Liessen let out a string of obscenities that quieted any form of conversation within a fifty foot radius of him. Everyone stopped to stare at him. Liessen could care less what they thought. Despite already being dressed and armed for war he stormed up to one of his Paladins and confiscated every piece of weaponry he could get his hands on to add to what he already had. He then turned from the crowd and followed Aredhel through the portal.
As Garoldth’s sons rejoined Dínendal and their father, Eöl asked.
“What was that all about?” Meaning Liessen’s actions.
A slow smile spread across Daroth’s face and Branith rolled his eyes as he commented.
“We better leave while there still is an Elf around to take with us. Liessen was the last Elf I would have expected to meet up with his Life Mate. Daroth wipe that grin off your face. Don’t you feel any remorse at all?”
“No.” Daroth replied with a chuckle. “Especially when it comes to Liessen. Couldn’t happen to a better Elf. Besides, I had nothing to do with that match.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Outside of the grammar, which is my weak spot, not really. The stories keep coming and I write. Trying to keep them confined to certain lengths can be a challenge, eg. “Return of the Legend” that was supposed to be a short story and ended up being a complete novel. That news caused a few chuckles and many cheers.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
One of my favorite authors has to be Jennifer Fallon. I love the twists she puts into her storylines. Just when you have it all figured, she throws you a curve. CL Wilson also does a fabulous job with her series. There are so many out there it really is hard to decide.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Actually no, I am not in a position to do a lot of travelling.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
All but one of my covers were designed by my niece, Becca. Cora Graphics designed Theory in Depth.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The time to do it and keeping the order of events in the proper place, sometimes I will write a scene and place it into the context of the book I am writing, or going to write. An example is; I have already written a couple of scenes from Eärwen’s story, and that is getting really close to the end of the Elven series. (about 3-4 novels from the one I am currently writing.)
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Don’t tell anyone you are doing it, they will go raid your closet and pull it out of hiding so they can submit it for publication.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Hide your stories well. Lol. Make sure your books are well edited, do not submit a book for publication that has a lot of errors in it because they stick out like a sore thumb and people remember that about your work.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am working on it, truly I am… if there is one thing that I am constantly hearing from people who take the time to contact me in person it is when is the next one coming out. They could have just finished the last release, but they want the next installment. It is coming. J
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
My ultimate dream was to become an Astronomer who worked in a Planetarium. I ended up working in the family business and writing on the side.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?