Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a Canadian journalist, community newspaper publisher, photographer and a keen environmentalist. I’ve been writing for over forty years in one form or another. I love to write. It makes sense of the world.
Tell us about your books.
My writing deals with contemporary and environmental issues and how they impact the human condition. I have a four book, stand-alone series entitle ECO-WARRIORS. The genres vary but all have a sub-plot that addresses an important environmental issue.
The Mattie Saunders Series features a twenty-something, slightly eccentric, outspoken, loner, who loves birds, and not so much people, and has devoted her short life to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of exotic ones people buy as pets and then abandon.
Her grandfather established the Saunders Exotic Bird Sanctuary and ran it until he died. Now the responsibility is Mattie’s and it’s an expensive one.
In the series, Mattie deals with the joy and sadness, the successes and failures of a young woman coping with the challenges of relationships, career, family and societal issues as well as the ongoing challenge of sustaining the sanctuary so she can continue with the work she feels passionate about.
The series is novella length (about 100 pages) and not genre specific with the first book being a romance and the second a murder mystery. All stories are fast-paced, contemporary and have a subplot that deals with animal welfare issues.
How did you go about getting published?
I continue to submit to traditional publishers as I feel self-published books are not taken seriously and for good reason. Until I attain a traditional publisher I will reluctantly continue to self-publish.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Nothing special. Just sit down and write.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Anything that will take me outdoors and into nature.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Keep it simple and don’t get sucked in. A fancy (read expensive) cover will not make a bad book a bestseller.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Nothing works. You must first get good and then get lucky.
What’s your favorite book?
That’s like asking someone which child they love best.
What are you reading now?
Strunk and White’s the Elements of Style. Grammar – so much to learn, so little time.
What’s your next book project?
I’d hope the novel I’m working on would provide me with answers regarding climate change and its impact on civilization. It has – there’s no hope. Anyhow, it’s a dystopian story about three friends with exceptional abilities (not superheroes) and how circumstances enable them to influence the future of a new country.
For something completely different, East Van Saturday Night is four short stories and novella about coming of age in the 1960’s.