About Me

I’ve loved writing ever since, at the age of eight, I typed my first novel on canary yellow paper using an Underwood typewriter. Underwood typewriterHeavily influenced by Tove Jansson’s Finn Family Moomintroll, this early effort features a brave girl-creature named Jojo who rescues an amethyst from a villainous miner. But when she climbs up out of the mine shaft, the amethyst turns into a sock. Complications ensue.

When I wasn’t hunched over the typewriter on the floor of my bedroom, I spent a lot of time playing outside with my friends and my younger sister. We tied a skipping rope to a tree by the driveway and turned it for each other to jump. We rode bikes around the neighbourhood, picked blackberries, and climbed trees. During the school year, I also tried everything from gymnastics, badminton, and figure skating, to ballet, tap dance, and jazz. Grass hockey was not a success. I played piano for quite a few years. I sang in the school choir and performed the role of Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Noel Streatfield’s novels about child performers—like Ballet Shoes and the Gemma series—fascinated me. I also adored Enid Blyton’s adventure books, Trixie Belden (but not Nancy Drew!), and anything by L.M. Montgomery. All in all, I was a pretty lucky kid.

In some ways, not much has changed. I still love reading, writing, dancing, and being outdoors. As Natalie realizes in my book Leap, “Twenty-two is just fifteen plus freedom.” Even when you’re double twenty-two, it’s still pretty much the same thing. Of course, freedom comes with responsibilities (like paying the rent, washing the dishes, and turning up for work), but in a lot of ways the youthful fantasy of having your own place (so deftly explored by Julie Andrews Edwards in her beloved novel, Mandy) actually is all it’s cracked up to be.

I live and write on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen and WSANEC peoples. wallpaper-Sunrises-Sunsets-19-Rise-OAK-BAY-VICTORIA-B.C-2007-08-27-WS-iconFrom my desk, I can see the Pacific Ocean and San Juan Island in Washington State. Oak and chestnut trees, antlered stags, raccoons, seals, blue herons and the occasional bald eagle also make me stop and stare. The changing light on the water stirs my imagination. This is where I sit and dream and write.