It took me a while to get here, mostly because I figured no one would get my dated Stevie Nicks references or appreciate my obsession with muscle cars. But a website was needed, so here I am.
I am the author of the award-winning "Hannah" series (traditionally published by Ronsdale Press), and three self-published novels for young adults.
I am a big fan of writers sharing stories with other writers, both seasoned veterans of the craft as well as those just starting out. Writers are a pretty supportive bunch and no matter what our level of wordsmithery, it's nice to have each other's backs. And all you readers out there? You guys are the bee's knees.
I love to read and write character-driven stories about imperfect people. Young adult fiction is my favourite genre to work in.
Marmite, that quintessential British foodstuff we either love or hate, is probably my spirit animal. I am also a lover of quality socks, am a stupidly early riser, a shameless eavesdropper, and a huge animal lover. I appreciate authenticity, hate pretension, and will be the person at the party who hides out talking to the dog.
I've had a lot of different jobs over the years, the longest being a 13-year stint teaching high school art. Now I write from a room at the back of my house. It's also where I produce "Serving up a Story," a podcast all things writing.
In April of 2022, I began my journey down the rabbit hole of audiobook narration. This means I now have a little soundproof booth behind my bedroom door where I disappear and "talk to myself" for hours on end. More on that as I travel down THAT path.
I live with my husband, Richard, on a beautiful 2-acre property in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. It's pretty much heaven on earth.
If you made it this far, thank you. I wish you all an inspired day.
I am currently finishing the final edit on a young adult contemporary novel titled TANGOFISH, releasing on February 11th, 2022. It's a story of life after loss, and I'm thrilled it will soon be out in the world. I am also well into another YA contemporary book called THE SAVING OF STEVIE SPARROW. I'm super excited about this story; it's one I've been wanting to write for such a long time.
Stay tuned for regular updates! Happy reading, all.
THE PICASSO PROJECT
THE WILD WOODS
HANNAH & THE SPINDLE WHORL
LANGUAGE OF LLAMAS
HANNAH & THE SALISH SEA