Q & A
When did you first start composing stories, and how did you evolve as a writer?
My first stories were verbalised to my mom, who would write them down for me. Once I learnt how to write, I started making little books by stapling pieces of paper together. I actually still have all of them.
As a teen, I tried to write short stories and novels but never finished anything I started. I wrote a few poems too, which I kept to myself unless it was for school.
Later on in life I wrote a few short stories, using my computer this time, but never showed them to anyone.
I never thought about publishing anything until a friend of mine told me I should. This was after I wrote my fictional diary "Veronica's Soap Opera Life." After it got published, I decided to turn the Veronica story into a trilogy. An idea for a completely different type of story came into my head when I was still working on the Veronica series. My horror novel based on Jack the Ripper was soon published. I then wrote a few short stories and polished some of the ones I had written in my early twenties to put them all in one book. When I was sick, I wrote a fictional novel called "Hope," desperate to make my family and friends understand what I was going through. It is definitely not by best work, and I don't generally encourage people to read it. I would rather people read the article I wrote about me living with Colitis, which was published in The Suburban Newspaper. Anyways, I ended up writing a fantasy novel for my pre-teen son and am thinking about doing a sequel.
To be honest, I didn't start to really consider myself as an author until I started writing family oriented short stories for The Suburban Online Magazine.
Now, ideas are constantly flowing in my head and I like to lose myself in the worlds I create. I NEED to write. It is like a breath of fresh air to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Unfortunately no. I remember making story collections based on my main characters though. One was all about a girl named Melanie, and another about Natalie. Now that I think about it, those two names were also the names of popular girls in my grade.
I also remember being inspired by a rumor that the museum of nature in Ottawa was haunted.
Did you always want to become a writer?
No. I was actually more interested in acting.
I originally started taking acting lessons to overcome my shyness and ended up really liking it. Also, it helped me with oral presentations. I would make up a character in my head and pretend that it was the character doing the presentation rather than myself. lol
I performed in a couple of amateur stage showed and joined a Youth run Theatre Company. I was also an extra in a few commercials, TV shows and movies.
My love for acting soon got replaced with the love for my son. I made him my number one priority. I found it easier to write on my spare time than to work around other people's schedules to act. I found that I had to use some of my acting training to write since I had to put myself in the shoes of the characters I created.
What kind of atmosphere do you need to do your writing?
When I just write notes I can be anywhere. I used to bring note books with me almost everywhere I went, and when I didn't have them I would jot down ideas on random scraps of papers, post-its, napkins, inside my puzzle books... Any paper available really. I usually have my Ipad mini with me now so I can easily write down ideas in the notes. I still used scraps of papers at times, but use my Ipad more often. (I also use it to read.)
When I am trying to focus on a story I must be in a quiet area and don't like to be disturbed. I use my laptop.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting characters to life and creating stories that entertain other people.
What do you like and dislike about writing?
I hate when I get inspired during a time that I can't write, like at the office. It drives me nuts cause it's all I can think about.
I like seeing my ideas grow when I finally have a chance to write them down.
I hate it when I am at the stage of reading my work over and over because I start to find my work bad. But, I set it aside and read it again a few days later and start to like it again. Plus, it gives me a chance to ad stuff I didn't think of before. As much as I am happy when I finish a story, I am also sad because it means I can't make my characters do new things...
I am always very proud of my finished products (even my novel "Hope" because I decided to donate my earnings to the Colitis and Chron's Foundation of Canada at one point.) and like hearing people say they enjoyed reading my stories.
I hate the fact that I have to spend so much time marketing my books and myself. It feels like it is time I could be spending doing more writing. But, it has to be done for more people to know my books exist.
What do your fans mean to you?
They have given me extra motivation to write. Before, I just did it for myself. I love hearing that my hard word was appreciated by others. The internet has given me a way to connect with my readers with is great. I love to hear from them, and especially thanking them when they give me positive feedback or reviews.
What book are you most proud of, and why?
Definitely my horror novel "Just.Another.Common.Killer".
My favourite holiday has always been Halloween because I love to dress up and also scare people for fun. There was a time were I would morph my apartment into a "haunted home" and have parties for both adults and kids.
Since I love entertaining people around Halloween as well as scary stories, I decided to write a horror novel. During a tip I took to London, I became fascinated by the mysterious murders that took place in Whitechapel back in 1888, and was inspired to write a story about the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper. I tried to create the worst possible serial killer ever, and judging from the comments and reviews, it looks like I succeeded.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am very very creative. Aside from writing, I sometimes like to paint or do little projects. I also like to dance but mostly just do it when I am doing boring housework or using the Wii to stay fit.
During the warmer seasons I like being outdoors. I like to take walks or sit in the park to read a good fictional novel. My favorite genres are mystery, suspense, and horror but I also enjoy girly books once in a while. I started reviewing books for other authors so keep an open mind.
Sometimes I go out in thunderstorms. During the winter, I like cuddling in front of the TV with a blanket and a warm beverage. I like watching horror and suspenseful movies and sometimes comedies.
I love to travel and explore different parts of the world. I keep a travel journal, which helped me with a lot of my stories.
Describe your desk
Clean and organised. I am kind of a neat freak.
Where can your readers interact with you?
I use a lot of different social medias, but the best way to interact with me is through Facebook.