I seem to be hard wired to learn through writing. Over the years, I’ve burned through at least a dozen computers writing for media, corporations, non-profits, and small business owners. My portfolio includes fiction, internet writing, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing.
After graduating from the University of Calgary with a degree in Sociology, I completed a Professional Writing Certificate from Mount Royal University. I’ve since held an eclectic assortment of jobs including Boys and Girls Club director, youth worker, career counsellor, proposal writer, communications coordinator, instructor, and a 10-year stint as a vice president for a national management consulting firm. I’ve sold roses in front of liquor stores, guarded troubled kids in hotel rooms when they had no place to go, and held women’s hands at shelters. So many stories.
I feel passionate about teaching and have developed and delivered too-many-to-count writing and communications workshops. One of my favourite gigs was leading the Write On! program for the Parkland Regional Library system, which took me over 1800 kilometers to meet with emerging writers in 15 communities across central Alberta.
It's been such a privilege to discuss my characters and stories at over 75 book clubs in homes, restaurants, bars, libraries, churches, and now on Zoom, where I've been privy to readers' insights and experiences. (I'd love to come visit yours!)
My husband and I now live in Lacombe, Alberta, where I'm working on my third novel. I'm delighted to be represented by CookeMcDermid, an internationally focused literary agency.