croppedjoanneIn high school, I dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. I wrote several poems and short stories but decided to wait until I had more life experiences before starting a novel. The original plan was to get a general arts degree and take a few years off to travel and write.

Instead, I gave in to my practical Italian side and got degrees in mathematics and education. I planned to teach during the day and spend my evenings, weekends and holidays churning out best-selling novels.

How hard could it be?

The school day ended in mid-afternoon, and I had twelve weeks of holiday time. That would give me plenty of time to devote to my true passion—writing.

That was the dream.

The reality was very different.

Even though I had many satisfying moments, I found the teaching profession to be a very challenging and demanding one. I never had the time and energy to start a writing practice.

In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement. I filled my days with workshops, seminars and online courses. Slowly, a writing practice emerged and my articles and book reviews started appearing  in newspapers, magazines and online.

On a whim, I took a workshop offered by dark fantasy and horror writer Sarah Totton. At first, I focused only on the writing advice, but later toyed with the idea of writing fantasy for boomer women. My debut novel, BETWEEN LAND AND SEA, a paranormal romance about a middle-aged mermaid, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in September 2013.

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year!

Soul Mate Publishing will release THE COMING OF ARABELLA, the sequel to Between Land and Sea.

The Wild Rose Press will release A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES, the first book in the Gilda Greco Murder Mystery Series.

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