I grew up in a suburb of Toronto called Willowdale, a leafy, friendly neighbourhood that was a lot like a small town.
I always knew I would have a job that let me work with words. I went to Queen’s University and earned two degrees in English (BA, MA), with a specialization in Medieval and Old Norse literature. As a student, I worked as a broadcaster at Queen’s Radio CFRC, where I indulged my love of sports by taking over as Sports Director for two years, also contributing to the Sports section of the Queen’s Journal.
My first job after graduation was writing promotional blurbs for CTV Television and while there, I started to focus on writing stories for children. My first book project – about a young girl struggling to find acceptance as a goalie on her brother’s hockey team – was never published, but the encouragement I received from editors convinced me that I was on the right path.
I had some successes in my early writing life: two novels (Wild Dog Summer and The Legacy) were published by Nelson Canada, an educational publisher, and I self-published a couple of novels (Abby and the Curling Chicks and The Toymaker’s Son). I also worked on book projects with an ESL publisher and had short stories published in magazines for kids.
I’ve been writing for a very long time, but Skating Over Thin Ice is the first novel I’ve had published by a mainstream children’s publisher. (Thanks, Red Deer Press!)
My next YA novel (working title Larkin on the Shore) is in progress, and several Ontario Arts Council grants are helping me get that one rolling… Stay tuned!