When I was a child I devoured books and scribbled poems in the margins of my school notebooks. And, from an early age I wanted to be a writer. Instead, I graduated high school and immediately enrolled in a registered nursing program. Fast forward a few years where literally, with graduation roses in hand and a job on the line, I walked. It wasn't me but what was? I headed off to university and graduated with two different certifications in administration. I established a career in the administration field, got a dog, a house in the suburbs and, fell in love. Still, I longed to write the stories I loved to read. So, I wrote at home in the evenings and on the weekends. And, finally, my first book was not only written but published.
Fast forward a few years...
I'm the winner of my city's writing award, the first romance writer to do so since its inception. I've also finaled in the Kindle Book Awards. To win an award, see a book in print - they're all reminders that my dream has become a reality but it is still unfolding with more, I hope, to come.
I've been asked where I get my ideas. I don't know for sure but I do know that what inspires me to write any story, is often the setting. It acts almost like a character for me by forming the backbone of the story and shaping who the human characters might be. Often the backgrounds are inspired by places I've travelled to. A few of my story settings include; Borneo, Cambodia, Morocco, Malaysia and even the depression-era prairies.
When I'm not dreaming of other stories, I can be found thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.
What I learned along the way - if you dream it, you can make it happen!
Will you write another paranormal?
Never say never. Ring of Desire was a book that was close to my heart for, at the time, I was getting my footing in the writing world. Now, I prefer to write romantic suspense and women's fiction. But, that said, there may be a day when I'll write another romantic paranormal.
Why do you write romantic suspense?
The love of crime novels may also have been fuelled by childhood memories. As a child, my police officer father didn't use the words "don't talk to strangers" but instead reminded me "to get a good description of the suspect and report home". It might not have gone down exactly like that but it definitely shaped how I thought of crime. And then, when I found romance - well that was it.
How do you pronounce your name?
It's pronounced like Trisha without the t. The y is soft.
"Suspect Witness is a hang onto your seat read full of excitement and danger. Josh and Erin prove that even though life is hard, at times you can find a silver lining amongst the ashes and rubble. The lands that are described definitely make you feel as if your are traipsing around the globe with Josh and Erin." Matilda
"...Had a hard time putting it down." Kristal (From the Dust)
"...Non-stop action from beginning to end that had me reading late in the night to find out what happens...." Mary (Wanted by the Marshal)