My Alternate World — I write mostly fantasy, though I’ve dipped my pen into paranormal romance, mystery and short fiction (fantasy short fiction).
Various Publications, Projects and Stuff I’ve Done
~ To Serve and Protect will be coming out in October 2017, in Bundoran Press’s anthology 49th Parallels, stories of alternate Canadian histories and futures, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
~ At my first foray into VCon I met some fabulous women who run Pulp Literature magazine. My friend Brenda Carre https://brendacarre.com convinced me to enter their Raven Cover Art contest, (write a story based on the cover art), and lo and behold, judge CC Humphreys saw fit to give me the win. That story, The Inner Light, came out in Spring 2015. http://pulpliterature.com
~ My short story The Pageant — A Battle Maiden’s Cunning Stunt is live even as I write: published in Electric Spec Magazine, Feb. 29th, 2012 Issue. www.electricspec.com
~ Started attending the Surrey International Writers’ Conference regularly in 2000.
~ My big project (the one that got me started writing) is the Dark Elf’s Warrior trilogy, featuring Kyer Halidan. Book One was a finalist in Colorado Gold Contest, the PNWA Writing Contest, and won the Fraser Valley Writers’ School competition. Book Two is complete, and I’m working on Book Three.
~ In 2010, my short story He Had It Coming was a finalist in the SiWC Writing Contest.
~ In 2011, my short story To Serve and Protect was a finalist in the SiWC Writing contest.
~ I’m presently editing my Modern Fantasy called Griffin and the Spurious Correlations. This is a terrifically bizarre and fun story that involves a Live Action RPG.
~ My paranormal romance doesn’t have a working title, apart from Edlyn, which is the protagonist’s name. It takes place in Scotland.
~ I attended my first World Fantasy Convention in San Diego in 2011. It was wonderful, and will certainly not be my last! I followed that with WFC in Toronto, and WFC in Brighton, England.
~ Jonathan Lyster (https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.lyster) (https://www.amazon.ca/Oblivions-Wake-Jonathan-Sean-Lyster-ebook/dp/B00L3XZPPI) and I collaborated on a story for the Three-Day Novel contest in 2010, which was some of the most fun I’ve ever had writing. With that little sleep, we got pretty punchy and laughed a LOT. Someday we will do a rewrite and turn it into something real.
I have a terrific group of writer friends with whom I share material, and trade critique. I met virtually all my writer friends at Conventions and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, with the exception of one who’s a fellow mom at my kids’ school. You meet fellow writers wherever you can, and if you share common goals and respect not only their work, but their opinions on yours, then you keep them. (Special thanks to Colleen Condit, Jonathan Lyster, Myst DeVana, Stephanie Kwok, Brenda Carre, Brenda Cox, Robert Smith and Stuart Hollett).
Some say a writer’s life is lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.