Can you give us a brief overview of the book. Is it part of a series?
It's a stand alone thriller set in the wilds of the Alberta region of Peace
River. Two depraved criminals make an escape from prison and terrorize a young
woman and a kidnapped child. But at the end of day, it's about rising to the
occasion and the strength of the human will!
Do you have a favorite character?
It's actually Sam, the dog! I have a real soft spot for four-legged friends and
just couldn't resist writing one into this book.
Did you try traditional route of
publishing, agents and publisher’s?
I did, my first book An Elk in the House
was actually published traditionally by Newest Press out of Edmonton.
How long before you got your first offer
or first contract?
It took me three years of bureaucratic red tape with the first publisher I dealt
with. They'd promised me a contract and kept stringing me along. After all that
disappointment I finally cut ties with them and found another publisher. Within
three months the contract was signed and a year later it was published. It was
a good lesson to go with your gut when it comes to publishers. If it doesn't
feel right, run away!
What factor influences your decision to
go with a particular agent or publisher?
As I said, nowadays I go with my gut instinct. But it's so much hard work finding
a publisher—and so much of it is about who you know and timing, rather than
whether you have a great story to tell!
What factor influenced your decision to
self publish your book?
The publishing world is so competitive, and it's becoming more so every day.
For myself, I was tired of rejection letters that told me that I had interesting
stories, but that they weren't the right 'fit'. It's even harder if you're not
already someone who's well-known. Breaking into the traditional publishing
industry when you nobody knows who you are, is nearly impossible.
What is your writing process muse or
Most of my books have been written amid absolutely chaotic conditions. I have
five rambunctious grandchildren, an elk farm, my own business, and of course
just running my own home! The only time I can find complete silence is
late at night when everyone's gone to bed. So I often write late into the
night, otherwise I have to compete with all that insanity!
Do you outline a story or go where the
muse takes you.
I don't use an outline. I go where the characters direct me—you can always go
back and change things, but I find it breaks my creative flow to feel harnessed
by a strict outline.
Do you hire an editor to review
manuscript before publisher.
Absolutely! It's crazy not to!
What have you learnt during your self-publisher
If it's really important to you to have your story read, then sometimes you
have to take matters into your own hands. Sometimes you quit crying and walk
your own walk through life.
Besides Amazon are three other sites the
books are for sale.
Barnes and Noble and Ink Water Press are the only other ones I sell through.
What kind of marketing are you involved
in for promoting books.
I have a publicist that helps me run my website, books me interviews, and takes
care of my social media—she looks after me completely.
Do you find it difficult to juggle your
time between marketing and writing the next.
That's why I have a publicist, so that part of my life is manageable.