Follow Highway 14 round the southwest tip of Vancouver Island and you'll end up in a seaside town called Sooke. Situated on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, also known as the Salish Sea, and facing the Olympic Mountains, Sooke is a vibrant arts community. I am a writer here among painters, sculptors, carvers, authors and entrepreneurs.
Born and raised in Victoria, a 45 minute drive from Sooke, I moved away as a young adult to find work. I ended up spending more than half my life on the Prairies, but I married and raised a daughter in that time, and helped her start her adult life as an artist in Vancouver. When an opportunity came up two years ago to move back near the ocean, my husband and I sold our house in Edmonton, quit our jobs, and moved back to the place we both call home.
In Sooke, I feel reconnected to my roots. The tall trees whisper to me in the wind, and the ocean tide pulls at my creative thoughts. I'm surrounded by coastal rainforest and beautiful provincial parks and beaches. There are so many recreational activities available in this area that I'm discovering, or rediscovering, and I want to share my experiences with you.
The inspiration to write has exploded within me since moving home. I experienced two NaNoWriMo while living in Edmonton. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and happens every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I completed two novels during those challenges. I'm now developing a book series and I'll be writing about my journey to publish.
I welcome your comments.