I have been in love with words for my entire life. I made up my first poem when I was two (and recited it for a room full of adults; apparently I haven't ever had stage fright, either). I learned to read at three and began "writing" stories shortly thereafter. I read my first parenting book at the age of 11 (because I was out of books to read, and it was on my mom's bookshelf), which is also when I wrote my first "book." I wrote my first novel when I was in high school; it will probably never again see the light of day. I had an article about autism published in a local magazine in Calgary, Alberta, in 2007. I was on four panels at the "When Words Collide" conference in Calgary, Alberta, in August 2011 (because I am apparently a glutton for punishment). I have had a short story accepted into an anthology that will be published in March 2013. I currently make money editing other people's words, but I hope to eventually have someone else do that for me.
Over the course of my career, I have been an autism support worker, a respite caregiver, a babysitter, a computer technician, an administrative assistant, a Municipal Liaison (for both NaNoWriMo [Calgary 2005-2008; Saskatoon 2009-present] and Script Frenzy [Calgary 2008; Saskatoon 2009-2012]), a forums moderator (on ISCABBS [Bible & Christian Issues 2008-present] and here [Character & Plot Realism Q & A 2006-2009; Reference Desk 2010-present; Age Groups: Teens 2011-present; All-Ages Coffeehouse 2006-2007; NaNoWriMo Ate My Soul 2006-2007]), a writer, an editor, and a housewife. I expect to add "mother," "psychologist," and "published novelist" to that list in the next few years.
Other random bits about me:
Green is my favourite colour.
My hair is long enough to sit on.
I have four male guinea pigs in my house, three of which belong to me.
My cat is female and her name is Roy.
I have ADHD.
I have a BMus in Composition and completed the course work for a BA in Psychology.
I really really like lime Pepsi and I can't figure out why.
- Municipal Liaison
- Recliner, sewing room, or coffee shop...
- Autism, guinea pigs, spirituality, art, ADHD, crochet, knitting
- Favorite noveling music:
- Probably my iPod. So Sarah McLachlan, TobyMac, Kathryn Rose, and Rebecca St James (among others).
- Freelance Writer & Editor, Homemaker
- Favorite books or authors:
- Sewer, Gas & Electric; Jane Eyre; Gone With the Wind; Songmaster, Lurlene McDaniel, Orscon Scott Card, Robin McKinley, Charles de Lint