Words have always been my way of life. Over the years I have made my living as a copywriter, editor, instructor, publicist and marketing consultant. And now, I am a full-time novelist! My first published work, the epic celtic-based fantasy THE WELL OF TEARS: Book One of the Dream Stewards (47North) was released in 2012 and is currently available worldwide. The second book in the series, THE KEYS TO THE REALMS will be published in 2014. You can learn more about me and my books here.
This blog is a forum for my creative journey, a place for me to connect with my readers, and an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned about publishing and promotion. Years and years of selling other people’s ideas have taught me a thing or two about about marketing, and years and years of copywriting, editing and prose writing have taught me a thing or two about craft. Hopefully this little soap box of mine will prove to be a source of knowledge and insight for other writers and book folk.
When I am not writing, teaching, or attending conferences, I can generally be found over-mothering my teenage kids, trying to run my husband’s life for him, and reading. I also like to garden, although I’m easily distracted and the projects I start tend to go unfinished.
For those of you who like to know these things, I love hummingbirds. These little creatures are a great source of joy for me, and I consider them my personal totem. I constantly read and research, mostly about obscure historical events in even more obscure ancient places. My fascinations include mythology, folklore, ancient religions, medieval history (particularly British and French), and linguistics. My family heritage has inspired a deep love of Welsh and Cornish culture and legend, and these themes definitely influence my stories.
Not to get overly spiritual, but I tend to believe that life is a circle, and that everything we do, good and bad, affects the universal continuum. I try to keep that in mind as I move along my personal path. This concept is often reflected in my writing. My guilty pleasures are fine red wines, sophisticated cognacs and brandies, and chocolates. I am joyfully addicted to coffee and make no excuses for it. I also collect antique jewelry, mostly Victorian and Art Deco period pieces. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from the University of Oregon (go DUCKS!) with a degree in Journalism (long, long ago), and now live with my family in the Seattle area.
Your respectful comments and insights are most welcome. I just love lively conversation. However, I reserve the right to veto statements that I consider spurious, injurious, or just plain distasteful.