Meet the Author
I love to travel to locations in my books to soak up the sensory landscape. Last summer, I climbed Croghan Hill in Ireland to survey the land my king will rule until he is ritually murdered in Hollystone Mystery #4. That’s where this photograph was taken.
I am a seeker and a mystic at heart, fascinated by language and mythology. I’ve been called a Buddhist Witch—take that as you will. I love prehistory, archaeology, myths, and magic. And like Sorcha O’Hallorhan, my Irish archaeologist in To Sleep with Stones, I long to travel back in time to experience cultures as they once were. I grew up feeling like I was born into the wrong century and that discombobulation has never left me.
As a teenager, in rural Ontario, I wrote poetry to survive “the maze, the haze, and the crazy place” that was my world. Later, in Toronto, I put words to music. Then novels emerged as I experienced trauma—like many writers I wrote to escape. I still do.
Along the way, I got an education that has served me well. I didn’t graduate high school until I was thirty-three, but after that there was no stopping me. Learning was my ticket to freedom.
At Trent University in Ontario, Canada, I completed a B.A. in Indigenous Studies and found my voice, publishing poetry and Native rights articles in Canadian newsmagazines.
After moving West, I completed Diplomas in the Arts and Humanities at S.F.U. in British Columbia, where I was published in iamb, the SFU Journal of Creative Writing. I also completed a Teaching Certificate at S.F.U. and taught high school for several years—my favourite blocks being English Literature and Creative Writing, naturally.
Not long ago, I spent a year working as a relief lighthouse keeper, soaking in the rugged isolation of the coast and blogging my adventures at Life on the BC Lights. You’ll see some of my experiences in To Render a Raven when the coven sail up the Inside Passage to rescue Estrada’s baby from a vampire! And, I’ve just started a brand new book set at one of the lighthouses where I lived and I’m quite excited about it.
I’m an author, book reviewer, writer, researcher and Indie publisher with Blue Haven Press.
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with all good wishes, Wendy