I'm a graphic designer and writer, currently living in Victoria, British Columbia, the wondrous place that has inspired my first novel, the middle-grade read Trina Bell's Humming Summer. Like my protagonist Trina, I enjoy roaming the city's parks and listening to the squeal of tiny sparkling birds. Yes, I speak to them and they answer ― but unfortunately, unlike Trina, I don't have a three-legged dog who translates for me.
Having lived landlocked in Germany for most of my life, I fell in love with the Pacific Ocean when I came to Canada. Combing beaches has become my favourite pastime, particularly looking for mermaids' tears. I cannot resist picking up those shiny, colourful pieces of sea glass and adding them to my ever-growing collection.
Early in 2014, I became a member of 'SeaglassLovers', a Facebook group comprised of people from all over the world who show each other their fabulous finds and daydream of being mermaids. There I learned about the places every sea glass aficionado has on her bucket list: Seaham in England, Davenport in the USA and, of course, Fort Bragg in Northern California ― home of the legendary 'Glass Beach', which is the enchanting setting of my upcoming women's fiction novel Foam On The Crest Of Waves.
A small selection of the 'surf gems' I found on the shores of Victoria.
And when I'm not at the beach, or writing, or helping my husband to playtest his latest board game invention, I design book covers for fellow authors (to see my work, please click here).