The first story I remember writing was a first person piece about identical twin sisters. I was nine and the movie Parent Trap featured large in my imagination back then. It took me 20 years to get back to writing and even longer to give myself permission to treat it like a job, working at it daily with discipline.
I spent two decades living the life of an international vagabond. I’ve called cities in Europe, the UK and the Middle East home and while living in those remarkable places I travelled extensively – South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Scandinavia.
I’m a first generation Canadian with a fresh-off-the-boat Norwegian dad and Scottish mom. I grew up surrounded by a rich and confusing blend of accents. In a house where you packed a zutcase to go on holidays, I had to learn to pay careful attention to words – what they meant, how they sounded and best of all, how they tasted. In fifth grade I announced to my class that I was to be a spelunker. It didn’t matter that I’d never been inside a cave and was uncomfortable in tight spaces – I loved the sound and taste of the word.
It’s been an interesting life so far. I’ve worked as a bartender, teacher, personal trainer and editor to name a few. But my best job – the one I wouldn’t trade for fortune or fame – is being the mom to two AMAZING kids. Currently I live on the shores of Lake Massawippi in the Eastern Townships of beautiful Quebec.
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