I write memoirs and fiction in all genres. My characters have secrets, tell lies and find themselves in trouble all the time. The challenge is figuring out how to rescue them. Best of all, they live much more interesting lives than I do, so I live vicariously.
Last year, when I started thinking about writing my next
book, I decided to try something completely different. Something lighter, easier to read, and a
novel that had an element of mystery, yet wasn’t all-encompassing
mysterious. There are enough
drama-filled romances out there, in my opinion, so I decided to use the term
‘calamity’ instead. It involves
less-intense situations, namely, where people get out alive!
"A real-life saga that pulls at your heartstrings."
Calamities in these romances occur basically amongst the
floors in the building known as ‘Calamity Place’. The storylines take place in Toronto,
Ontario, my hometown, and they involve twentysomething
characters, with their own set of personal issues. But they are all interwoven somehow, and if
they’re not, they sure end up that way!
When writing these novels, I purposely made it so that the
characters were all introduced based on their presence either in another part
of the story, or in another volume, making it easier for the reader to remember,
without having to use a lot of back story.
The beauty of this type of serial romance is that there is
never really an ending. Each story has
its own cliffhanger, and the reader never really knows where the conclusion
will be….I still don’t!
It starts with Kendra, a shy recluse, who has many friends
itching to pull her out of her shell.
While reluctant most of the time, she finds herself giving in to
Cassandra or Missy’s pleading, and paints on a happy face to quell any
misgivings her friends may have about her.
But why is she such a hermit?
Kendra is beautiful, smart, and isn’t shy around men. Her friends know what it is, but Kendra
hasn’t admitted it to herself…yet.
The second novel in the series focuses mainly on Cassandra
and Luke. They met at a bar once, had a
brief relationship, and then suddenly Luke ships himself out of the province
for a much-coveted position as a police officer. In book two, however, Luke comes back…and oh,
what a roller coaster ride they have!
The third novel, still a work in progress at the time of
this posting, tells about a couple introduced in book one, Linda and Ray. Also in the mix and adding to the calamity,
is Mark, Luke’s best friend and fellow police officer colleague. But it’s not a love triangle or anything that
you would expect. The relationship that
the three have is very unique and while I haven’t reached the end of the
manuscript yet, I can say that the conclusion will be heart-breaking, but at
the same time very fulfilling, depending on which male character turns out to
be your favourite!
Book One is just 99 cents!
Books one and two are currently available on Kindle, and
free for Amazon Prime members. Book one
is just 99 cents! Look for book three
coming in Spring/Summer 2017!
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Eleven years ago I took a break from corporate life to raise
my children. Approximately ten years ago
I decided to do something I’d always wanted to do: write a book. The practice became addictive, and then I
learned how to publish, promote and blog.
To be perfectly honest, I loved every bit of it and I still do. I fell in love with the written word, and it
has become a lifelong love.
Nearly twelve years later, I have written and self-published
countless books in both fiction and non-fiction. The whole process is still very enjoyable to
me. Words, story ideas, and scenes come
to me always.
However, while pouring my heart and soul into writing,
publishing, promoting, etc., I learned a very painful lesson: Be careful not to
make the written word your be-all-and-end-all.
You see, writing, while some can make it their living, the
odds are very stong against most of us.
As a writer, you have to be rational and realistic, and have a career
already in place. If your books do become
successful enough that you can quit your day job, great, but more than likely
that isn’t going to happen, and you have to remember that always. Writing should be a love, and something you
enjoy doing when all your other things are taken care of. And as a love, you
need to make time to do it every day, for yourself.
Last year, I returned to work after a ten year hiatus. The tables turned; I took a break from
promoting and blogging, but I never stopped writing. Writing is a part of who I am now and it will
always will be that way. Now that I’ve
adjusted to working full-time, I can also slowly return to promoting and
blogging. So far I’ve touched on
Facebook, Twitter, and I’ve continued posting some of my books on Wattpad.
If you love writing, just be careful and make sure that
isn’t all that you love. With all of the
obsession over writing, I’d forgotten how much I also loved to work; to
interact with live people, rather than just cyberspace and e-people, if you
will. Also, writing doesn’t pay…at least,
it doesn’t pay well, and having a paycheck; contributing to your family, is a
very rewarding experience.
Check out my books on Amazon, Kobo, and Wattpad. The first book in my LA Cops Series is always
free on Amazon, and the first book in my ‘To Hide in HollySprings’, and ‘Calamity Place
Romance’ series are just 99 cents on Amazon.