I love books, and working with words is my passion. When I was little I saved up all of my birthday and Christmas money just so I could buy a typewriter and write stories. My mother used to tell me that the house could burn down around me and I wouldn’t notice because I’d be too busy reading.
This love of story has continued to stay with me throughout my life. I went from a Master’s degree in English language and literature to a career focused on communications. I’ve been a technical writer, a client relations specialist, a communications trainer, a marketing strategist, and a plain language advocate in a multinational corporation, where I’ve worked with people around the world. In all of these roles, my goal has been the same: to help people communicate clearly with each other and share their stories.
These days, I am focused on writing my first novel (in the urban fantasy genre), but I also perform manuscript assessments for self-publishing authors. I have taken several editing courses from Ryerson University in Toronto, where I was nominated twice for the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing. I am a member of Editors Canada and constantly collaborate with my peers to learn new and better approaches to writing and editing. I have also been a contributor to the Editors’ Weekly blog and was a speaker at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Editors Canada conferences.
In addition to writing fiction and performing assessments, I provide the occasional communication tip with a creative twist on my blog Doorway Between Worlds.
Thanks for visiting me. And for those of you who are writers, I wish you all the best with your wordsmithing!