DeadlyCharades
Dangerous Deceptions

Like most if not all writers, I was a reader from an early age, and now usually have two or three books on the go at the same time. I planned on becoming a librarian (how better to get hold of books!) but switched in mid-stream to graduate from Hamilton Teachers’ College and in Primary Methods from the University of Toronto. I loved teaching, and tried to pass on my love of language to my pupils.

I’m curious, and like to find the ‘why’ of things. When traveling abroad, I prefer to stay at Bed & Breakfasts or country inns and meet the people of the country. Fortunately, my husband agrees with me, and our two daughters have grown up enjoying travel as much as we do. We all loved the three years we lived in Australia. Since we returned to Canada by sailing west, we circled the globe, crossing the International Date Line. We lost one whole day from our lives. Maybe we’ll go back and pick it up some day.

Writing is like an addiction: other interests fall by the wayside. I still manage to attend the opera, sing in the church choir, walk in the woods, visit with horses, and maybe soon I can get my oil paints out again.

I came late to writing, but I’m so glad I took the plunge. Twice my stories placed in the finals for the Golden Heart contest of the Romance Writers of America. Then I discovered Regencies, and I felt I’d found my forte. My characters have their human foibles and troubles, are not ‘superpersons’, but do get into interesting situations that challenge and mold them.

I was thrilled and honored when Lord Compton's Folly was chosen as a finalist for EPIC's Eppie Awards of 2005. As an added honor, The Romance Studio nominated Folly for its 2005 Cupid and Psyche Award.
 
Then, out of the blue, I was nominated for the 17th Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards in the Literary category. This was a major surprise, and a great honor.

If you have a dream, follow it. Remember, you fail only when you give up.