They say we find our happiness by following our unique talents and passions. As a child, my passions were reading to escape the monotony of childhood in a small coal mining town, skipping rope, eating peas out of my mother’s garden and trying to get my brothers to laugh so hard they would spew milk out their nose during dinner.
Later I developed a passion for motorcycles, nature, photography, and coffee. Not knowing how to make any one of these passions work for me, I went to university and emerged with a Bachelor of Science in geology. Upon graduation, I happily investigated the earth’s nooks and crannies, solving the mystery of where earth’s elusive but treasured deposits were buried. My work in remote regions of Canada fuelled my passion for adventure, reading, storytelling, and all things absurd and sublime.
Then came technology, and enhanced opportunities to problem solve, innovate, automate, and create effective and highly productive ways of doing things. My career offered up opportunities to speak at conferences, write all manner of technical reports, manuals, training material and web content. The need to explore and tell stories continued to burn inside.
I now write full time. Still passionate about reading, photography, motorcycles, fresh peas and coffee, I apply my creativity and the ‘head down, butt in chair’ approach I’ve honed along the way to create stories – challenging crimes for my protagonist to investigate and solve – while throwing her crappy little life obstacles to overcome, just to keep it real. My passion for exploration burns more brightly than ever. After all, that’s what writing is all about – going places where no ones been before and returning to tell the tale.