FROM GHOST WRITER TO CENTRE STAGE
“Yup! my first few books were ghostwritten. It’s how I built my writing confidence.”
WHO AM I? Canada girl, born and raised by West Indian parents, Trinidad and Tobago. WHAT DO I WRITE? Alpha hero romance stories and the women who can love them. WHAT ELSE DO I DO? English professor and early childhood education. HOW DO I ZEN? Hot coffee and a long drive so I can listen to a podcast or audiobook. THE BEST HOUSE NOISE? Hearing one of my sons suddenly start laughing out loud. You can hear them all over the house and it always makes me smile.
MY MESSIEST LIFE MOMENT? Coming upon my husband of 22 years in the bushes with his affair partner. Nothing was the same after that. WHAT DID I DO? I focused on me and did everything that was right for my own life until I pushed through that dark time. It took a while but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and wouldn’t let myself stop. I knew if I did I’d fall over…and never get back up!
WHO HELP ME THROUGH THE DARKEST TIMES? My girl posse, sisters, and best friend. Thanks, ladies!
WHERE AM I GOING? To the Maldives! I’ll know I have arrived in life when I can afford to spend a week vacation in the Maldives. WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME? How to keep going. She once said, “If that’s what you have to do to keep things going, then that’s what you do to keep things going.” I can’t even remember the situation, just her words. She was a single mom with four daughters.
A HEAD FULL OF STORIES. I’ve always had a head full of stories and no time to write. After my separation; I stopped believing in happily ever after, but the stories kept running through my head. Somehow ghostwriting made it all easier. So, I changed my way of thinking and kept plotting my stories out while standing on the yard, watching the children during recess. The SEAL’s Undivorce. Her Pregnant. Party’s Over Princess and Mari Me all came out of those times. A SEAL to Slay Dragons emerged toward the end and was my first ‘in my own name’ story, so is my baby.
HER MOMENT WITH THE KING. This book is a sweet dream story I couldn’t get out of my head following my divorce. I kept seeing the heroine rise like a phoenix from her life’s disastrous ashes. Life kept throwing her curve balls but she caught them and threw them all back! When I finally sat down to write her story, I pounded it out in a few hours!
MY RISE! MOMENT? When I realized and accepted that life is messy and could be very unfair, and to be happy you have to let go, especially if you want to rebuild your life.
Live with intention. Act with purpose. Be meaningful.