Sometimes it can be difficult to get to know the person behind the byline. After all, unlike television and film personalities, authors are static – a name, a photograph – and readers know writers’ words better than the writers themselves.
Here are 10 random facts about me that hopefully will give you a sense of who I am.
1. My Favorite Books as a Child and Teenager
As a child, I remember reading with my mother and also reading after school. I credit the first series on my list with instilling a love of history in me.
- The Little House on the Prairie series
- The Anne of Green Gables series
- The Berenstain Bears series
- The Babysitter’s Club series
- Amelia Bedelia series
- Alice in Wonderland
- Jurassic Park
- The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series
2. My Favorite Books as an Adult
I was an English major and read mostly classics. I’m still drawn to classics now along with nonfiction that interests me.
- Anything from Edith Wharton. Click here to read why she is my favorite author.
- World War One British Poets
- The Devil in the White City
- Pale Blue Dot
- The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction
- The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
- Gods and Generals and its two sequels
3. My Favorite Scripted Television Shows
I appreciate good writing of all varieties, including scripted dramas. These are my favorites from the past 25 years. It’s worth noting these series also had excellent acting, costuming and set design.
- 12 Monkeys
- The Expanse
- Doctor Who
- Mad Men
- Due South
- Northern Exposure
I also love the original Twilight Zone.
I’m not that big a fan of movies, but when these come on TV, I always watch them:
- Sense and Sensibility
- Pride and Prejudice (the Kiera Knightly version)
- The Gangs of New York
- Legends of the Fall
4. My Favorite Musical Artists
Music plays a large role in my life now, but that wasn’t always the case. When I was a tween and teen, I listened on the rare occasion to my dad’s records. My favorite was Steppenwolf. In college, I began to listen to contemporary music and was a fan of Matchbox Twenty, Train, Savage Garden, Sugar Ray, Maroon 5 and Nickelback.
In my mid-20s, I had cable television for the first time and discovered music videos (which in those days were still played on a channel called Fuse). These introduced me to a variety of artists I previously had not been exposed to, and I was hooked.
I’ve heard it said that as we age, we prefer softer, more mellow music. For me, the opposite has been true. I have sought harder music as I’ve aged and faced life’s challenges.
The following bands are those that I have never grown tired of, despite having heard their songs for more than 15 years.
- My Chemical Romance
- 30 Seconds to Mars
- Green Day
- Three Day’s Grace
- Stone Temple Pilots
Two of the bands also have inspired my literary career and have helped me through difficult times.
5. If I Wasn’t an Author….
What would I be doing if I wasn’t an author or a freelance writer?
Before I wanted to be a novelist, I wanted to be an astronomer. I still have an interest in the solar system’s planets, especially Mars, and moons, so I would be a planetary scientist.
History also is a love of mine, so historian would be a good fit.
My fantasy is to be a frontwoman in a rock band, but, hey, if the parallel universe hypothesis is correct, I might be somewhere.
6. When I’m Not Working….
I work a lot, whether it be work for clients, my writing projects or housework and errands. Despite my busy schedule, I do yoga daily. I listen to music throughout a good portion of my day as well as follow the news.
I also enjoy photography, especially landscapes and cityscapes but usually only get to indulge my hobby while on vacation. Here’s an example of a recent photo.
7. Where I Write and How Inspiration Strikes
I write in two places. All my rough drafts are written by hand. I write those on the living room couch, usually after the rest of the household has gone to bed. After rough drafts have been typed, I complete all subsequent drafts on the computer in my office. The office also is where I complete client work.
I have never once come up with an idea during a brainstorming session. I find that ideas come to me best while I’m not trying. I often get plot ideas from genealogy shows, documentaries, dreams and songs.
8. Places on My Bucket List
I enjoy seeing new places and trying new things. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel much in my life. Here are the places I’d like to visit the most.
- Barrie, Ontario (my protagonists’ hometown)
- Los Angeles
- Palm Springs
- The San Antonio river walk
- The Grand Canyon
- The Australian outback
- New Mexico
- Arches National Park
- Take a Viking River Cruise
- Savannah, Georgia
9. Three Words That Describe Me
I’m an author and I’m self employed, so I could use the usual adjectives that appear on résumés and cover letters – creative, self motivated, organized, hard working, etc. – but instead I’ll go deeper.
- Individualistic (I value my individuality and hope you do as well.)
- Obsessed (both with writing and music)
10. My Favorite Quotations
“Those who appeal to the law of force should not complain if its decision is final.”
- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
“The worst of doing one’s duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.”
- Edith Wharton
“We get knocked down. We get back up and stand above the crowd.”
- Three Day’s Grace
“They who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.”
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For information on my books, please visit the books page.