I grew up in Toronto Ontario, but have lived on Vancouver Island since 1980 when my husband and I moved to Honeymoon Bay, a small logging town on a 16 mile long lake in the middle of the Island. From our backyard, there was nothing but forest for the whole 30 miles to the Pacific Ocean. My sister, from civilized rural Ontario where houses are often 150 years old, calls Vancouver Island a frontier. Maybe she’s right.
After both of our children were born, we moved to the more civilized side of the Island and I started taking courses, one and two at a time, and eventually gained my bachelor of Fine Art at University of Victoria. It only took me 13 years, LOL, but it kept me sane while my children were growing up.
I have never been clear on what I wanted to do when I grew up, and consequently have had many jobs: wardrobe hand for television (my first education was in costume design), library worker, assistant at Toronto School of Art (then a very small school), potter, stained glass artist, finally settling when I got into university on photographer, painter and printmaker.
Then I tried my hand at writing travel articles – I love to travel – and had a few articles published, along with my photographs. Even a small one in National Geographic!
The genesis of the Fortune Bay series began when we lived in Honeymoon Bay. For years I wove stories in my head about the cabin around the corner from our house. My father was a writer and I knew it could be done, but it wasn’t until I was laid up for a month with my foot in the air and a new laptop that I started writing the first cabin story, Summer of Fortune.
Now I’m totally hooked on writing, and save painting and photography for a hobby. And I love it that way.
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