Who's your publisher? Tell us your story-- how'd you come to be a published author?
I originally self-published THE TRAZ as I waited for my adult Sci Fi Schrodinger’s Cat (my first publishing contract) to be brought to market by WolfSinger Publications. I released THE TRAZ first in eFormat and then in paperback. As I was readying the second book in the series for publications, Imajin Books, a small upstart Canadian publisher contacted me, offering me a contract for the eRights to THE TRAZ. Imajin Books went on to also publish THE TRAZ in a School Edition (paperback and eBook) and purchased both the eRights and paperback rights to FATAL ERROR, the sequel to THE TRAZ. After decades of trying to get published, became the author of four published books between 2011 and 2012! I’m happy to report that I have several more novels in the works!
Do you write from an outline or are you a "pantser"?
Although some of my novels had been planned and plotted, the novels in my BackTracker series (including the first two THE TRAZ and FATAL ERROR) were dictated to me by the characters during a very low and lonely time of my life. I had no idea why things were happening or what was going to happen next—I just typed the scenes and dialogue appearing in my mind. I wish the characters had been more concerned about quality writing as it took me years of revisions to make their intriguing stories publishable!
Who's your favorite author?
Although I write Crime Fiction, I read true crime and Ann Rule is my favourite crime writer. Perhaps because she focuses on the people in the story, both the victims and the perpetrators. Some of that rubbed off in my storytelling—it is my strong characters who drive the plot! THE TRAZ and FATAL ERROR are often marketing as psychological thrillers because much of the action happens in the characters’ heads, hearts and relationships.