My passion for history was instilled at a young age. I was fortunate to have parents who were willing to share some of their experiences living in Germany during Hitler's rise to power and the eventual destruction of his regime. Those firsthand accounts planted the seeds that later grew into a need to learn and understand more about that time and the effects on the people who survived it. The stories I heard didn't seem real since they were out of the realm of a young girl's understanding, but they sparked an insatiable interest in the era. That interest helped develop my imagination, although it never occurred to me that I would one day utilize it as a writer. I'm sure my parents didn't realize the impact of their stories nor the extent to which they inspired me. I'm pleased something positive came from the terror and loss my parents, like so many others, suffered.
Having spent many years on education in different fields of study and immersing myself in various careers, I was forced to give up my regular employment after my husband received a two-year assignment that transplanted us from Hamilton, Ontario to Tupelo, Mississippi. It was this move that afforded me the opportunity to reconnect with my imagination and begin writing. I was amazed by the process and embraced it. I had heard that some writers experience a heightened sense of awareness that can place them within a scene of a story, allowing them to visualize time, place, and characters. I never understood this until starting my own creative journey.
Aside from researching new books and writing, my passions include reading, volunteering, travelling, and continuing education.
I currently live in Hamilton, Ontario with my husband, and we have two grown children.