Picture a little kid on a isolated farm in a remote corner of the Canadian Prairies. Among her scant possessions, the five books she owned reigned supreme.

That little girl, with her love of books, grew up to be an avid reader, to travel more extensively than she ever could have imagined, and to fulfill her childhood dream of writing a novel.

That little girl was me. I traveled in Africa, Central America, Europe, Hong Kong, Bali, Australia, went on a safari and lived in Mali—perfect fodder for my novels.

The books I like best are the ones that not only entertain, but teach me something new. I hope that my novels do that for my readers.