I grew up in a suburb of Toronto called Willowdale, a leafy, friendly neighbourhood that was a lot like a small town.
I always knew I would have a job that let me work with words. I went to Queen’s University and earned two degrees in English (BA, MA), with a specialization in Medieval and Old Norse literature. As a student, I worked as a broadcaster at Queen’s Radio CFRC, where I indulged my love of sports by taking over as Sports Director for two years, also contributing to the Queen’s Journal.
My first job after graduation was writing promotional blurbs for CTV Television and while there, I started to focus on writing stories for children. My first book project – about a young girl struggling to find acceptance as a goalie on her brother’s hockey team – was never published, but the encouragement I received from editors convinced me that I was on the right path.
My first two novels (Wild Dog Summer and The Legacy) were published by Nelson Canada, an educational publisher. I self-published a couple of novels (Abby and the Curling Chicks and The Toymaker’s Son), and I’ve worked on book projects with an ESL publisher and had short stories published in magazines for kids.
I’m a long-time member of the Canadian Society for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, as well as The Writers’ Union of Canada and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
I’ve been writing for a very long time, and Skating Over Thin Ice is the first novel I’ve had published by a mainstream children’s publisher. (Thanks, Red Deer Press!)
My next YA novel, Dinner and a Show at Rustic Lodge, has been accepted by Red Deer Press for publication in 2019. Another YA novel is in progress, and several Ontario Arts Council grants are helping me get that one rolling…
Wild Dog Summer (Nelson, 1990; Pugwash Publishers, 2004)
The Legacy (Nelson, 1991)
Abby and the Curling Chicks (Pugwash Publishers, 2003)
The Toymaker’s Son (Pugwash Publishers, 2005)
Skating Over Thin Ice (Red Deer Press, 2018)
Dinner and a Show at Rustic Lodge (Red Deer Press, 2019)
Early Readers/Second Language Learners:
The Ugly Duckling (Caramel Tree, 2012)
Andrew and the Babysitter (Caramel Tree, 2012)
Joey and the Firehall Ghost (Caramel Tree, 2013))
Dude, Volume 1: An anthology of stories for boys, with Heather Wright (2012)
John Rae: Explorer (Kayak Mag, 2013)
Riot in Regina (Kayak Mag, 2012)
Looking for Franklin (Kayak Mag, 2011)
AND THIS TOO…Writing for the WORLD OF WORK
I write features, reviews, essays, web copy, books, educational resources – anything with a specific purpose, a designated audience…and a deadline.
I’m an editor, too!
Currently I’m working for Curling Canada as the Writer/Editor of Web Content – which means I write and edit content for this national sports organization’s website, as well as manage other writers and content-related projects on Curling.ca.