I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. A lifetime ago, I kicked off a journalism career as a copy runner, getting the copy from the newsroom to paste-up in the basement of my local newspaper. Since then, I’ve worked as a professional writer at daily newspapers, magazines, and online publications across North America.
I’ve launched digital media businesses, taught classes on media literacy for self-identified women and teens, worked in education marketing, and guided students as a writing coach over the course of the last decade.
If awards get you excited, I’ve had the honor of receiving a few. They include the National (U.S.) Mental Health Association Media Award and The Golden Bell Award for a series in which I spent six months detailing the lives of three people with schizophrenia forced out of Illinois hospitals during the state’s mental health reform. I also earned numerous Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists awards for news writing in the United States.
I currently whip the imaginations of young people into shape through helping them learn to craft their own original fiction stories as the Founder of Quill Academy of Creative Writing. Click HERE to learn more.
I’m also busy working on my novels, toiling away in a literary universe best described as slipstream — a mix of historical, magical realism, and haunting romance.
Born in the mist of Niagara Falls, N.Y., I grew up in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. I crossed the border into Canada many years later after agreeing to marry some Canadian guy on our second date (we’ve been married seventeen years now, so . . .)
I live and write on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in Vancouver, B.C. telling stories of lost times, reading everything imaginable, and nerding out in the realm of all things historical, fantastical, female, and mythological.
My wee family and Hypatia, our sphynxy cat, tolerate me most of the time.