Black Market Baby is written under a pen name to protect the identities of those involved. This is my fifth published book and I’m working on the next two. I was born and raised in Canada and moved to the US to get away from the strangling political atmosphere in Quebec during the 1970s. I was finally drawn to the West – the Rocky Mountains – where I love to hike and eventually wound up at the Pacific Ocean.
What inspires you to write?
I have always felt that if I keep writing I’ll find out who I am. I can see things more objectively. That’s why I wrote Black Market Baby. I needed to get an overview of my life to figure out who I am. Being born and raised without any knowledge of where I came from, without a history, and having denied my adoption for so long, I suddenly got to the point where I wanted to know badly enough to figure out how to go about doing it. I wrote about my childhood instead of thinking I had a wonderful upbringing. The writing brought stuff up that I knew about but never really thought about.
The beauty of nature in my backpacking adventures inspires me to share it. It’s overwhelming and I need to talk about it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I jot down phrases that come to me when I am driving, when I am hiking. Ideas pop into my mind and I write them down. I have hundreds of pieces of paper lying around. Then suddenly it happens and I sit down and write, putting it all together. I’m reminded about feelings I have had and I quickly find a place for them in my writing. And a story grows.
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How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried sending out queries to publishers for years only to get back form letters. I got tired of it. This was before emails. I tried looking for agents. But nobody wants you if you aren’t a published author. Then all these wonderful self-publishing houses started to appear. It took me awhile to find out where to go but it’s so much easier now. I knew I had to self-publish because my book didn’t fit into their categories. It’s about so many different things – adoption, hiking, mother/daughter relationships, psychic readings, living an alternative lifestyle, being an artist. I couldn’t be cubbyholed so I didn’t fit in. I have never fit in. I knew I needed to do my own thing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is happening now. Everybody can get a chance to publish a book. It’s in your hands. It’s not easy but anything that is worthwhile isn’t easy.
What genres do you write?
non-fiction, children’s books
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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