My father was a writer so I knew it could be done, but it took me many years and careers until I finally settled down to writing seriously.
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. The genesis of the Fortune Bay series began when we lived in Honeymoon Bay on central Vancouver Island not far from where we live now. For years
I wove stories in my head about the cabin around the corner from our house. 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 Traveler!
Now I’m totally hooked on writing novels and save painting and photography for a hobby. I love it and am lucky to be able to live this way.
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