I’ve always had an insatiable curiosity for the written word and language. My favourite subject in school was always—surprise—English, and my favourite assignment was always essay-writing! I would set my alarm extra early on school days, just so I could have more time to devour my Nancy Drew mysteries, and the wit and wisdom of Judy Blume. I was often asked to read aloud to the class in primary grades, and I loved spelling and grammar lessons. I think I may have been one of the only students (and maybe even the only one) in my classes over the years who actually looked forward to spelling bees and drills, grammar tests, using the dictionary and learning new words.
I love to read, research and create engaging text. Recognizing that writing and editing are the best ways to appreciate and cultivate these irrepressible traits, I received university degrees in mass communication, sociology and journalism. After graduating from journalism school, I was an intern at Chatelaine magazine, then moved on to the position of assistant editor at Homemakers magazine, then on to writer/editor in the Marketing and Communications department at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In May 2003, with my six-month-old son in tow, I launched my editing and writing business, Planet Word.
I’m an active member of the Toronto branch of Editors Canada: I’m the former co-chair of Editors Toronto, as well as the former seminars chair and seminars vice-chair. I also contribute regularly to BoldFace, the branch’s blog. As administrative director of the Rowers Reading Series, I collaborate with the artistic director/board president, treasurer and web director to manage the monthly reading series, which includes strategic planning, securing promotional coverage, assisting with grant applications, brainstorming for potential readers, and recording and distributing minutes for board meetings. And as vice-president of the Toronto branch of Canadian Authors Association, I’m involved with strategic, program and budget planning, and securing sponsorships and speakers, among myriad other duties. My other volunteer activities are listed on the “Affiliations” web page. As well, I’m a member of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. I also mentor novice editors via Editors Canada and novice writers via PWAC.
I live in east Toronto with my husband, our teenaged bilingual son and our amazing retired racer greyhound, Aquaman. And, contrary to urban myth, I do not work in my pajamas!
When I’m not writing, editing or reading, I enjoy hatha yoga; gardening; theatre and musicals; movies; travelling; baking; women’s roller derby; antiquing and yard sales; and spilling ink for my first book, a YA novel.
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