I started my journey as a creative by writing. At the age of twelve, I had finished reading all of the books I owned and I had reread many of them multiple times. I wanted something new to read, so my dad gave me The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I didn’t make it very far into that book before giving up, but then my dad gave me something a little easier to read — The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.
I fell in love with the characters right away and flew through The Eye of the World. I read the rest of the series (what had been released of it at the time) very quickly. Then I reread and reread and reread in anticipation for the next book in The Wheel of Time series, and the next book and the next book and the next book.
But back to being twelve years old. I finished The Eye of the World — actually I think I was about half way through — when I realized I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to create my own worlds and my own characters to live and die within those worlds. I wanted to create the adventures I longed to experience. I wanted to throw hardship after hardship at my characters just to see how they would overcome. I wanted to finally give my characters what they wanted most in the world and let them be happy.
I began to write short stories and (really bad) poetry. Then, after high school, I began to write novels. When I realized a need to expand upon my knowledge of writing techniques, I went to Camosun College to study creative writing and anthropology. After leaving school, I spent even more time writing and learning about the world of indie publishing.
It was during this time when my husband introduced me to graphic design. I was amazed by this new (to me) career and what it could offer. I immediately fell into research mode and began learning everything I could from YouTube videos, blogs, and Lynda.com. Once I knew that this was definitely the career for me, I enrolled at CD-ED (Centre for Distance Education) in their graphic design program. Fifty-two weeks later, I completed the program and began my journey as a graphic designer.
I’m currently working as a graphic designer with my husband and partner at our company Coded Pixel Development & Design. I continue to write in my spare time and I read as much as possible. I also enjoy spending time outdoors on hikes and walks in the forests and on the beaches of Vancouver Island. Time not spent designing, writing, reading, or hiking, is spent with my husband (Matt), our dog (Isla), and our three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).
I did eventually read The Clan of the Cave Bear and the rest of Jean M. Auel’s series and I loved it – it had just been too much for my twelve year old brain.