img210I grew up in Thunder Bay, a small Canadian city on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was a wee bit chilly but really beautiful.

Somehow I made it through high school, college, and a Master’s degree without realizing how much I loved writing. It wasn’t until I had my first child and wrote a picture book for him that it occurred to me I might want to be an author.

I’m currently an elementary/middle school art teacher, but I’ve also worked as a:

  • tree planter
  • art therapist
  • museum outreach coordinator
  • lifeguard
  • homeless shelter art and music group leader
  • flower arranger in a bouquet factory
  • wilderness program canoe trip guide, and
  • (absolutely terrible) waitress
The same things make me happy now as when I was a tot:
  •  Writing snacks – Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, salt and vinegar chips, raspberries, almond cakes and stroopwaffels
  • Colors – Blue (favorite jeans, ocean, old bottles, swimming pools, sky) and red-orange (rust, fall leaves, poppies).
  • Favorite Places – The beach; the west side of Vancouver Island; country roads around Nashville (dry-stacked rock walls and overhanging trees); the North Shore of Lake Superior; international markets, and outdoor cafés on the water
  • Flowers – Anemones, poppies and water lilies
  • Season – Fall

I’m represented by the amazing Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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