I love to read, I love to write, I love coffee. Almost every author says this about themselves because these things are often so central to what we do, and what keeps us awake to get it done. But if you're looking for insight to who your author is, all the good stuff comes from where they’ve been, where they’re going, where they want to go and how they want to get here.
So, here are a few things beyond the generic, things that shape who I am.
I grew up in Africa. We didn’t have electricity beyond a limited gasoline generator most of my childhood. One of my most common childhood memories is reading by candlelight and I cannot remember ever not reading, and scribbling down my own stories. Its been a part of my life that long.
I’ve now lived in the deep south of the USA longer than I’ve lived in Africa. I travel back and forth at least once a year, and I’ve felt for a very long time like I straddle worlds. Like I fit both places, but I don’t fully belong in either. Perhaps it is the reason part of almost all my characters' happily ever after is finding a place that claims them, a place where they fully belong.
When I’m not writing I practice law. I've worked as a prosecutor (misdemeanour and felony) as a litigator (business law), and currently spend time negotiating international business contracts. The different types of law I practiced have been invaluable to me in crafting plots, and even just for being able to read and understand a publication contract.
I love it when my readers review my work on Amazon, GoodReads,Barnes and Noble, blogs or wherever else they think of. When you gush about something I write, it doesn’t just make me happy. (Although it really, really does.) It also lets other readers know that this is a great read, and that they shouldn’t be afraid to buy it. Which again, makes me even happier. So if you enjoy something I’ve written, please leave a review for me. I’d really appreciate it.
Thanks for spending time with me.