As a child, I devoured books. Favourites included The Narnia Chronicles, The Great Brain Series, The Bruno and Boots books by Gordon Korman and The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
I had my first newspaper column at the age of 13. It was called The Beechgrove Informer, where I talked about what was happening at my elementary school, Muskoka Beechgrove Public School. I also created fake newspapers filled with stories for my class at school, and it was one of those stories, that involved a gun and a renegade student, that was the first official time I was criticized for getting my facts wrong. My love of writing prompted me to study journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.
After high school I traveled to Europe, and spent time living in Austria, Germany, Sweden and Ireland. I experienced the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and went through Checkpoint Charlie. I have traveled to over 25 countries on four continuents, including Japan, Indonesia, Tunisia, Costa Rica and have been to more than 20 states in the U.S.A., including Alaska.
My college and university studies included communication theory and business courses. I graduated from Columbia College and spent several years working in the education field. My experience includes working in a kindergarten class, doing early intervention work with special needs students and working with children with developmental and behavioural problems.
I was born in the Greater Toronto Area and raised in Muskoka. As an adult I moved to western Canada, and spent time living in BC’s Lower Mainland (home of the Nolan, Hart and Tain series), on Vancouver Island, on a Gulf Island and in the Calgary area. These days, I spend my time in Maryland with my husband and his two wonderful children, and am still trying to work out the conversion of miles to kilometers and how to spell neighbour. ‘Zed’ is posing a real problem…