Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I’m on the left with the apple in my hand.

I grew up in a small community surrounded by forest. Although we were only ten minutes away by vehicle to civilization, I felt like we lived in the woods with a whole bunch of other campers. It was wonderful. It was like having the freedom to do what you wanted, act as silly as you wished and create whatever concoction you wanted without the outside world spying or telling you it can’t be done.

Being this close to nature and left to my own devices gave me the freedom to create characters who shared these characteristics. They know about sleeping in the woods, mosquitoes and salamanders beneath pieces of wood. They know the smell of the underbrush, the taste of ripe cranberries and the stickiness of sap. Many of my stories involve the outdoors because I love being out there.

 

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

The greatest joy of writing for me is that I get to know characters I might not otherwise meet. They make me laugh, cry and go stark-raving mad (at times). I would never miss the many adventures I’ve been taken on by these characters. Sometimes it is like my dreams are coming alive in the words in front of me.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. That’s it. Keep writing and your stories will get better. Keep writing and you will get published. Keep writing and you will find success in your own way. Keep writing and if you love writing you will always be doing what you love.

 

What are your favourite quotes from your books?

Dandelions sunshine

Fields of dandelions always impress me.

There are many. I’ll add them as I find them.

Shadows in the Stone

Bronwyn had asked his dad once what attracted him to his mum. His first comment joked about her beauty. Then he got serious and said, A man knows when he’s met his best friend, son. He also knows when he’s met his match. When they’re one and the same, he’s met his life mate.

Scattered Stones

Alaura: “When one lives by the day with honest and open feelings, they grow more inside than anyone can see. They learn what is real, what is most important in life. They shed the unnecessary and hold the essence of living in their hand.”

Bronwyn: Know this, my love. My blood burns for you hotter than a hundred fires blazing in the night. Wherever you go, I will follow. Whatever you need, I will give.”

2019