I have been writing in one form or another since I was a kid. I've written (and ghostwritten) articles on local news, fitness, personal finance, and women’s issues. My fiction and personal essays have appeared online and in The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, four Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and the short story collection, The Company We Keep (Buschek books). From 2007-2009 I published the ezine WednesdayWoman. I have a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Concordia University.
I also have layout and design experience that goes back to when cut and paste actually meant scissors and wax on paste-up pages. While working as the Managing Editor of a community newspaper in the early 1990s, I was part of the transition team from paste-up to desktop publishing. I later took that skill freelance to design and edit newsletters, ads, marketing materials, memory books, programs (even greeting cards), for various small businesses and individual clients.
I have been married to the wonderful and wildly supportive Charls (not a typo), for 35 years. We have two grown children and a Cairn Terrier named Abby.