I write paranormal mystery and urban fantasy in many different forms — novels, novellas, short stories and flash fiction. Sometimes I play around in crime fiction and dystopian fiction (and I wrote a couple of really strange magic realism stories a while back) but I keep coming back to the paranormal, because ghosts are a laugh riot. Right?
I have two grown children, one dog, and one husband. (I live with the dog and the husband. The children I let loose on the world quite a few years ago.)
The dog is a rescue. Buddy is a 3 legged border collie who has been with us since he was 4 months old. He has developed a bit of an old man attitude now that he’s 10. (So that means I’m now surrounded by cranky old men, ha ha)
A few years ago we decided to get Buddy a buddy, and that was when Millie came into our lives.
Millie was a Shih Tzu with very few teeth and a bad attitude when it came to Buddy.(Yeah, so that buddy for Buddy thing didn’t work out quite the way we thought it would, but she was actually a sweet dog in her own way, and I miss her more than I can possibly say.)
I live in a round house that is in a perpetual state of renovation. Sometimes I would dearly love a straight wall or two, because I have some nice paintings and photos I’d love to hang — but beyond that I quite like the place. The renovations I put up with, because my husband seems to LOVE doing same. Who am I to stop him?
Most years I am an Edmonton Oilers fan. They made it to the playoffs this year, which was thrilling if short lived. But that’s all right. October is just around the corner, sort of, and by that time I will again feel hope. I hope.
Do I play sports myself? Not so much. I tried to learn darts — is it even a sport? — but it didn’t go well. The only sport I partake of is “walking the dog,” which can get a bit more energetic than I like when a rabbit hops by. (That happens more than you’d think.) Even a 3 legged dog can run like a bat out of hell when he sees a rabbit.
But mostly, I write, which makes my life one of coolest on the planet.
And now, for those of you who want the short version:
My debut paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light (2014) won the BPAA award for Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award for Light Mystery. The 2nd and 3rd books were both shortlisted for awards. (Look at me go!). The fourth in the series, Dying on Second (2017) won the Bony Blithe Award for Light Mystery, and was shortlisted for the Book Publishers Association of Alberta award for Best Speculative Fiction.
Tying the Knot, the seventh book in the Marie Jenner Mystery series, has just been released into the wild, and I’m hard at work on the last book in the series. The last book. I can barely believe it.
When I’m not writing, I’m living a fine life in my round house with my husband and our rescue dog. (And yes. My house is round.)