I spent more than twenty years as a software developer and technology entrepreneur. Like most people today, I focused a lot of energy on figuring out how to solve business problems. Somewhere in the back of my mind, a voice kept asking me, “Why am I doing this in the first place?”

In the summer of 2010 my wife, Sheila, and I rented out our house, moved into a camper van and took our two kids on an extended trip around North America — the first great adventure in what would be an exciting and tumultuous chapter for our family. We have since sold the software company I co-founded, downsized from a house to a townhouse, sold our camper van and our car, and embarked on an entirely new lifestyle.

Over the past few years I have run a co-working office, volunteered with a local seniors’ centre, provided book design and consultation to other independent authors, helped my wife manage an experiential tourism business, offered a series of entrepreneurial workshops, acted as Treasurer for our local car co-operative, and dabbled in providing consulting and advisory services to a handful of businesses. I now believe that I did most of those things because I was unable to see myself as a serious author. I’m happy to say that I have finally turned that page (pun intended) and embraced authorship as my vocation!

These days, I spend as much time as possible hanging out with our homeschooled/unschooled kids — a 15-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son — and writing! I published my debut novel, Goodnight Sunshine, in 2015, and was thrilled to have it longlisted for the inaugural Whistler Independent Book Awards. My second novel, 17 Weddings, will be released on November 26th, 2018. And I am already hard at work on a Young Adult speculative fiction trilogy, as well as two other long-term projects that I hope to release over the next few years.

I created this website as an outlet for creativity — a place to let out “creative steam” — and as a platform to further my writing. I don’t blog as much as I’d like to, in part because I am constantly torn between pouring my energy into blogging vs. writing books. But I will write here from time to time, and I’ll also use this blog to provide updates about my forthcoming novels.

Thanks for visiting. Please sign up for my blog and check out my books (and my wife’s book, too) at www.catchourdrift.ca.

Mark Cameron
from the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada

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