In eighth grade I won my first award for writing about why I liked living the USA. As a Scottish immigrant I learned the value of storytelling as a shared family event. Both of these experiences encouraged an interest in writing.
Creating characters and scenarios are easy enough for me as I rely upon, not only family history, but the great era and place I grew up in: Glasgow Scotland and San Francisco during the colorful 1960's.
I went to school with the nuns, more fodder, for stories and later in life chose to become a pagan, Wiccan, which I find stimulating spiritually. Writing about religious beliefs and acceptance of people different than the 'norm' is important to me. Being a Wiccan and a person with strong psychic abilities I've taken a lot of criticism. But my good Scottish heritage keeps me committed to my beliefs.
My first book is based on my experience for near forty years as a psychic reader and medium. As a professional psychic I've conducted psychic readings throughout the US and parts of the world, worked with law enforcement and have had wonderful experiences and some scary ones to share. After answering the same questions over and over about what a psychic does, what will I get in a reading, I put it all into a little booklet that twenty-one years later still sells. This book allowed me opportunities to appear on television and radio, teach at the Learning Annex and became the number one seller by an unknown author at the 1991 Whole Life Expo in New York where I was a featured speaker. It has earned me national and international notice in my profession. You see, one never knows where writing can take one!
The method I used to write my novel was through visioning it as a screenplay. After completing that an author friend suggested I write a book because the story was so interesting. So, I did. Presently I am writing another screenplay and a novel of the same story. Writing is to me, a fantastic hobby.
No matter what ever becomes of my writing, it has been a fantastic time, taking me traveling from the West to the East Coast and meeting people from everywhere. That in itself is a reward.