I have fluttered and dabbled and adventured my way through life, but the one constant has always been WRITING. I can’t not write. And you don’t want me to not write either, because I get anxious and grumpy.
I had starry-eyed poet aspirations when I was in university, turned to screenwriting when I fell in love with moving images, and landed in literary and speculative fiction with a focus on children’s and young adult literature. It makes sense, though, because I certainly live in a world of my own making and never really wanted to grow up.
The first four books in my middle grade fantasy series Faerie Tales from the White Forest were released from boutique press Hydra House, with the fifth and sixth coming in Fall 2017 & Fall 2018. The rest of my publications may be found HERE.
Using my skills and experience as an award-winning spoken word artist and 20+ years in the classroom, I developed my Imaginary Worlds Tours Events and often take my show on the road to schools, libraries, bookstores, conferences, and festivals across North America. One of my favourite things to do is get up in front of a group of children and act like a child myself.
In addition to the above, I have worked in the film and television industry doing welfare and education for kids on set for such films as Tomorrowland, Disney’s Descendants, and the film adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s Wonder (directed by the amazing Stephen Chbosky of The Perks of Being a Wallflower fame).
I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with my incredibly geeky family. Our dream is to create a “zero footprint” home – beehives, chickens, & goats are definitely in our future – and form a band (if only to entertain ourselves and our patient neighbours).
This website contains discussions around children’s literature and speculative fiction, writing exercises, life exercises, and other randomness about the writing life I pick up along the way.
PHOTO BY CORY PERMACK