Frequently Asked Questions

Where were you born and where do you live?
I was born in Vancouver, Canada and I still live there.

When did you start writing?
I wrote poetry as a teenager but I didn’t start writing stories until I was 30, or so. I was a late bloomer.

What’s your favourite book that you wrote?
My favourite book is always the one I’m currently writing because that one is still alive in my head, full of possibilities.

What’s your favourite book of all time?
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me about two years to write a novel, including rewriting. I’m a slowpoke writer and I also spend half my time being a librarian.

Where do you get your ideas?
Memories, anecdotes people tell me, radio interviews, dreams, newspaper articles, family stories, being curious, observing the world, paying attention.