Ever since I began to read adventure stories as a young girl, I began to write them as well.
I wanted to write the stories I could never find in my local library. I wanted mythical earths and mythical times. I wanted stories of boys and girls, wonderful creatures and beasts who together crossed water and land to rescue the trapped one, save the lost one, and recapture the treasure - all the while trying to stay alive!
I wanted bonds of friendships so powerful even time and distance could not sever them. I wanted loves so loyal and pure that even heartache and death could not destroy them. I wanted painful partings and happy endings. I wanted tears.
What I really wanted, I now realize, was Quest.
Canada is my home. The vastness and diversity of this land is, I hope, well reflected in Quest. Much of what is Canada, in the vastness of its land and the diversity of its people, fired my imagination for it.
Quest began as a very long poem I wrote while I was working nights, to keep my mind occupied - and because I loved spinning tales. But the poetry market, I soon understood, was scanty, and so I decided to spin the poem into a story and, before I knew it, I had nearly three hundred pages!
As a wife and working lady, it has always been difficult to make the time for writing, but it was a beast impossible to ignore. In between work-a-day, part-time language instruction and family life, my type-writer or computer often got dusty. But I persevered and the rest of Quest's history is a lot of typing and re-typing, and sending it out to countless publishers (who, to the last, wrote back I must say very polite no-thank-you's), and finally I decided I would self publish.
Now I'm working on Book II of Quest and am more excited than ever. For me, it was spinning the story and making others see and feel the things I liked to see and feel when I was a girl - but from within the pages of a faerie tale. Making others experience what I saw in my head and felt in my heart is what keeps drawing me home to my pens, paper and keyboard.
Though I have published a few other shorter stories in my local newspaper and a fellow writer's anthology, as an author my greatest love has been this book.
My hope is that Quest takes you back to a time when you were ten or twelve. You'd leave your house and ordinary things, wander off to sit under the orchard trees, or escaped to the play-house or to the park and, in your quiet corner away from the everyday world, lose yourself in a story of wonder; an adventure story you yourself might often have imagined as you played childhood games.
For me that world was, and now is, Quest. And I think my journey has just begun.