Originally from Saskatchewan, I am a freelance writer, video producer/director, and story editor living in Toronto, Canada. I am currently working with Fathom, LiisBeth, and BTV. Work history includes thirteen years in corporate communications/branded content at CNW Group and prior to that, seven years in drama/doc/lifestyle/factual TV production. I also teach creative writing for Sarah Selecky's Writing School and Intro to Screenwriting at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. I am an alumnus of the Banff Wired Writing Studio and my writing has been published in Geist, Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II, Taddle Creek, and ELLE Canada. I was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit awards, longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Moving Parts is my first book.
I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, went to theatre school at Dawson College in Montreal and have traveled throughout Canada and Europe including Ukraine and Israel. I have taught English as a second language, am a former fitness instructor, and speak French. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and two cats.
In addition the awards and lists above, I was longlisted for Fish Publishing’s Flash Fiction contest (Ireland) and won the first ever Montreal English Critique’s Circle Awards for Best New Text in 1999 for my stage play, Call Me, a one act comedy about tele dating. I have studied with Canadian authors Annabel Lyon, Sarah Selecky, Zsuzsi Gartner, Pasha Malla, and Peter Levitt.
BROADCAST & THEATRE
TV credits include: producer, food reporter, researcher, writer, location manager, and production secretary for networks: CBC Newsworld/RDI, TV5, SRC (Société Radio-Canada), ARTV, APTN, TVO, W Network, National Geographic Channel, YTV, Fox and the History Channel.
I have also written and produced scripts for stage, radio and short film.
SKYDIVING & WRITING
That's me in the white helmet, second from the right, at an event in Quebec where 14 women set a new formation skydiving record. WATCH VIDEO of that jump here.
I write about the parallels between writing and skydiving here.