Welcome! I’m a science fiction and fantasy author, freelance editor, and writing instructor who believes there’s always hope. Sometimes you just have to dig a little harder to find it.
In a world that can be dark and brutal and unfair, hope is one of our most powerful weapons. I write novels that encourage people to keep fighting. I want to let them know that no one is beyond redemption and that, in the end, good always wins.
As a farmer’s daughter, I grew up loving the peace and sincerity of the small town life and dreaming of heroism and adventure. I still live in the country with my former Marine husband, human-sized Great Dane, and seven cats, but now that I’m grown up, I can also indulge in the occasional adventure, including scuba diving with sharks, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, and playing my flute in public. Maybe that last one’s only scary for me.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and my Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Heritage Seminary. I came away from all that education with an intense curiosity in human nature and history, a faith that makes me want to be a better person, and a start on my journey to becoming a professional writer. As soon as I graduated, I began writing magazine and newspaper articles and editing for individuals and small businesses full-time.
In 2007, I won the suspense/thriller category of Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction Competition, and in 2009, I won the grand prize. In 2011, I received an award for a short feature article in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards, and have since been nominated and short-listed for numerous other awards.
Next to writing my own fiction, what I love best is helping other authors polish their books and short stories. To find out more about my editing services, click here.
I’m honored to also be among the many talented instructors of WANA International offering classes in craft and social media. If you don’t know what WANA International is, check out my post Is Now Really the Best Time Ever for Writers? Or you can click here to see what WANA International classes I teach.
I blog three days a week for both readers and writers. (Two days in summer.)
Mondays are where fantasy, science fiction, and real life collide. I don’t believe that fantasy is about escaping this world. The best fantasy helps us see life in this world in a new way and gives us a safe place to explore problems that might otherwise be too difficult to face. It shows us the worst of humanity and also the heights of love and sacrifice that good people can reach when they overcome their fear. Want a taste? Who’s Your Unicorn?
Wednesdays are for writing. I post on craft, editing, and publishing as my way to give back to other writers. Do you know the Four Techniques to Show Rather than Tell?
Fridays are for fun because we could all use more joy in our lives. I take you behind the scenes on science fiction and fantasy novels, comment on movie trailers, and show you creatures and places you won’t believe exist in this world (but they do). Sometimes we’ll even talk jelly beans.
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