Summoning the muse…

Yes, as I kid, I read.  Lots.  Instead of lifeguarding, or planting trees, or whatever else normal kids did, I worked in a library.  It was my job to hang out with books.  Between the pages of those books, I met the likes of Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, Anne Rice, and so many other authors, who filled my evenings and summers (and my head) with tales from other worlds.  Then high school ended, and life re-asserted itself.

I attended the Royal Military College of Canada, graduating with a degree in Space Science, and a commission in the Royal Canadian Navy.  After serving as a naval officer, I completed a physics degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a teaching degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, and became a high school physics teacher.

During that whole period of time after high school, I don’t think I stepped foot in a library.  But the damage had been done.  My mind had been infected with a bug that would lie dormant, but never quite go away.  I had books in my head.  And lately, they’ve started to leak out.

I’m married now, with kids.  And I’ve rediscovered libraries.  My husband noticed that I’ve got these books spilling out of me, and convinced me that I should do something about it.  So I have.  To date, I have two completed novels (competed; not published, alas), and two more novels in the production phase.  My novel Darksea won the 2016 Ozma Awards (coming-of-age category).  I also write short stories, submitting them ceaselessly and tirelessly to magazines and writing competitions.  Two of my short stories have been published – “Ipseity” was accepted into an upcoming issue of Perihelion SF Magazine, and “Flesh” was published in the January 2017 issue of Kzine.  My flash-fiction story “Cataraqui Crisis” won first place in the 2017 ‘s short story contest.  I am an active member of critters.org,  a regular contributor to Gay Parent Magazine, out of New York City, and am working at becoming a B2B copywriter (more details about that at my B2B website: GJHcopy.com)

Receiving winning certificate from Limestone Genre Expo organizers at Kingston City Hall.

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