A lifelong curiosity about how I happened to be born here in Canada makes me love history, particularly as it affects my life. Authors such as Colleen McCullough, Sharon Kay Penman and Diana Gabaldon have taught me that history told well, with a beating heart and a burning desire for adventure, is about as exciting and worthwhile as stories can get. When I decided to write my first full-length historical novel it was natural for me to choose Loyalists caught up in the American Revolution as I trace my roots back to members of Butler’s Rangers, a famous force under the command of Colonel John Butler, who fought valiantly for the King.
I love to imagine myself where our ancestors have trod and do just that with John and Lucy in The Loyalist’s Wife and The Loyalist’s Luck. As a young girl raised on a farm in rural Ontario by parents who believed in showing their children all that life could offer, I often stole off by myself and walked the field lane dreaming my stories or drawing with crude paper and pencil. That time alone was also special as I am part of a large family. Someone was almost always nearby.
The best thing I’ve done in my life is raise two happy, well-adjusted children who with their spouses are contributing members of our world. From that have come two precious grandchildren who allow me to live again my own childhood and my years as a young wife and mother.
Teaching was an amazing journey. I taught French, English and Computers in different high schools in Ontario. The job was rewarding and allowed me to grow as a person and, most importantly, affect many wonderful young people’s lives. Throughout it all, I wrote bits and pieces but have done most of my writing since leaving the profession. My journey in the last few years has been to learn all I can about writing well and producing work of which I am proud. For a perfectionist, that is hard.
My husband has picked me up when I faltered, encouraged me when I flagged, and celebrated with me wholeheartedly when I succeeded. I am truly a lucky woman.