Tell us a bit about your family.
I live with my husband and four bun-babies. Our rabbits dominate our lives and are like children to us. We have a female lop named Beckett and a male from the same mother, Butters. Our two big babies are a mischievous girl named Pepper and the sweetest boy in the world, Tegan. My husband is my best friend and is a rockstar; he plays in a cover band called Ear Candy. They play big venues like Fan Fridays and Canada Day before Blue Jays’ games and Blue Mountain Ski Resort. I’m also very close to my sister—and her three beautiful daughters—and my son, who live about 10 hours away. It’s very hard to be away from them, but I try to get home as much as I can. We went to the Bahamas with my son, Jake, last year and it was the best trip of our lives!
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I am a big believer in that old adage—Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I had to completely leave my life behind when I moved from British Columbia to Ontario to be with my husband and it was a leap of faith. The reward was worth the risk, as far as he was concerned, tenfold. I’ve pretty much lived my whole life this way and it turns out positive 99% of the time. Without risk there is no reward, without darkness, no light. I’m lucky though, because I have a talent for tuning out what others think and believing in myself. I have a very positive voice inside my head and it’s gotten me through some pretty tough situations.
What scares you the most?
Losing the ones I love. We lost a bunny we’d had for seven years, a little over a year ago, and it still cuts deep. Your life is built around those you love, and when they disappear your life will be missing that vital part forever. You will never be the same again.
What makes you happiest?
My family. Playing with and petting the bun babies. Vacations with my son. Talking with my sister into the wee hours. Horror movies! Seeking out and cooking healthy recipes. Just hanging out anywhere with my husband. Oh….and writing!
What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m hoping it’s my kindness. I love that quote ‘Be kind, because everyone is fighting some kind of battle.’ It’s so true. We have no idea what that person in front of us is dealing with. I try to smile and say hello to everyone around me. I also do a lot of baking for others. I was born in the Southern states and love to feed people! We have rescued five rabbits and are big Rabbit Rescue advocates, too.
What’s your weakest character trait?
I’m going to say impatience. I always want things to happen right away, even though I know the best things happen in their own time. I know I need to slow down more and enjoy the experience instead of just wishing to jump to the end result.
Why do you write?
I have no control over this. I’ve had a writer’s voice in my head since before I can remember. I used to ride in the car with my mom and write the scenery around me, automatically, in my head. I also have very vivid dreams about creatures or characters I don’t know or have never read about. I think I was just born with a writing brain. Also, I write because I suck at science and math!
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Maura's life just can't get any worse...or can it?
Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been the best at making friends. Unusually pale with a disease-like aversion to the sun, she seems to drive her classmates away, but why?
Even her own father deserted her, and her mother, before Maura was born. Bizarre physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, drive Maura to fear for her own life. And her luck just seems to get worse.
Life is about to become even more bewildering when her mother's abrupt...and unexplained...decision to move a country away sets off a chain of events that will change Maura forever. A cruel prank turned deadly, the discovery of love and friendship....and its loss, as well as a web of her own mother's lies, become obstacles in Maura's desperate search for a truth she was never prepared to uncover.
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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance
Rating – PG
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