Most mornings, I wake up early, make a strong coffee and write for an hour or two before my kids wake up. And then, it's time for a run, when the morning air is crisp and the streets are quiet. Running helps me work through problems with the plot in a book, or develop a character.
After a run, it's time to head to the elementary school in Winnipeg where I work as a Teacher-Librarian. I don't just write books, I read them too! And encourage my students to find books that excite and engage them. I believe that every child is a reader...and a writer!
This photo is from the Manitoba Book Awards when Tori by Design won The McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People Award. It was an exciting night!
If you read my recent books, you might think I’m a gang member who knows what it’s like to live on the streets. But, as my friends and family can attest, the gritty, violent world I write about is different from my own. No meth addictions or graffiti in my background. Not even a shoplifting habit. So, please, rest assured, I’m nowhere near as troubled as my characters.
However, I do enjoy writing from many different points of view; inhabiting a character who is different from me is my favourite part of writing. It is only through looking at the world through someone else’s eyes that we can understand them. I have taken chances with many of my books and written characters that are far removed from my comfort zone, but that is what challenges me as a writer.
Take a peek at an interview I did in Winnipeg for my book, 'The Fall'.