I grew up in Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada—an area of great natural beauty—one of those places where you measure distance in hours instead of kilometres.
My first dream was to be a professional athlete, the dream eventually meeting reality at a small campus in Alberta (so close). I’ve worked at a pulp mill, as ground crew at an events venue, in an alternative education classroom for teenagers, and as a support worker of adults with disabilities. I received a degree in psychology from the University of Alberta Augustana Campus but have yet to decide if going for a Master’s is something I want to pursue.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and eventually the right idea bumped into the proper motivation and a few years later I had a fantasy novel. I tried the traditional route of finding an agent and signing on with a publisher but found it to be incredibly difficult to break into the business. Instead of despairing, the state of transition in the publishing industry has inspired me to work harder at my writing. After attending a writing/editing/publishing conference, as well as a great deal of internet research, it only made sense to self-publish.