For a change of pace, I thought I’d share with you some things about me you may not know.
I was born in the north of England, in the county of Lancashire, but I live now on Canada’s west coast. Victoria, British Columbia is known as Canada’s “Garden City” for good reason. Most people don’t realise it is a sub-tropical area of the country on the west coast. We enjoy mild winters. Snowstorms are very rare.
Spring is my favorite season. I love to see the buds come out on the blossom trees, and Victoria is famous for its incredible rhododendrons.
I’m one of those oddballs who really enjoyed homework and study. I have lots of good memories of high school.
I ask my guests if they have a personal hero or heroine. My late father is my hero. He made me the person I am today and I realize that more and more as time goes on.
When I was a student I had a temporary job in a large commercial bakery. One of the tasks I hated was greasing cake pans on a conveyor belt with a brush. I thought my hand was going to fall off! It’s probably all done by machine now.
One unusual occupation I had was when I taught students in a casino academy how to deal blackjack, poker and pai gow professionally, but I am not a gambler.
I am a keen amateur genealogist and my interest in that hobby led to the creation of novels that follow subsequent generations of my medieval families. I have a page on this website with family trees for some of my fictional families.
With regards to Social Media, I used to think Facebook was a waste of time, but now I enjoy the relationships I’ve established through that platform. I recently learned how to set up bulk tweets and I’m having success with that. Pinterest is another platform I didn’t think I would like but I do. I used to like scrapbooking when it was all the rage, so I suppose it’s similar.
I am a thorough researcher, hence my interest in genealogy and history, but I am inconsistent and tend to flit like a butterfly from one thing to the next.
My pet peeve is people who play loud music in places where it’s inevitable others will have to listen whether they want to or not.
I am a fool for cats. I lost my darling Topaz a few years ago and just can’t bring myself to get another cat.
I love the notion that readers enjoy my stories and take my characters to their hearts. History provides fascinating plots and incredible characters as a basic framework. Once I got my Montbryce family established I often found one son/daughter/nephew/cousin would “speak” to me, insisting I tell their story next! The new three-book series I plan to release this year is about the children of Dieter and Blythe from Carried Away.
Last year I embarked on a Highland series, The Caledonia Chronicles. Book III is available now and is entitled ROSES AMONG THE HEATHER. The plot revolves around the struggle to get Scotland out of its involvement in the Wars of the Roses. I wandered into time travel in this series and had a lot of fun writing it.
I love writing series. I get to know the characters and even dream about them!
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