About Me

During the day, I’m a high school teacher (English and Law this year, with History, Writing, and Student Services/Special Education in recent years). When the marking and planning for the day are done, I fit in as much writing as possible. It’s been my passion for decades, and I love working in a variety of genres: poetry, prose, and non-fiction.

Getting to this point has required a few years in university:

  • Associate of Arts, College of the Rockies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Humanities Major–History, English, and Religious Studies concentrations), University of Lethbridge
  • Bachelor of Education, University of British Columbia-Okanagan
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Special Education, Queen’s University
  • Master of Arts (English Language and Literature), Carleton University

This has meant a lot of moving around, but I love to visit and experience new places. When I was younger, I had the opportunity to live in New Hampshire, Mississippi, and Maryland. I got to know a lot of great people, and the scenes and experiences have shaped who I am and how I write.

I also love to read as much as possible. With three children, I am constantly exposed to new and exciting children’s books. While I was training to become a teacher, I was blessed to work with our local youth literacy program, reading with students in elementary school. I try to set a list of books each year and fit in a few more around them. For 2021, I’m looking at:

  • Willa Cather – Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • Philip K. Dick – Counter-Clock World ✓
  • Isak Dinesen – Out of Africa ✓
  • Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man
  • Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time
  • S. E. Hinton – Rumble Fish
  • Langston Hughes – The Short Stories of Langston Hughes ✓
  • Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle ✓
  • Bob Joseph – 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act ✓
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – Why We Can’t Wait
  • Stephen King – Pet Sematary
  • W. P. Kinsella – The Thrill of the Grass ✓
  • L. D. Lapinski – The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

  • John O’Hara – Appointment in Samarra
  • George Orwell – Animal Farm
  • Plato – Timaeus/Critias
  • Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front ✓
  • Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Salman Rushdie – Luka and the Fire of Life
  • William Shakespeare – Twelfth Night
  • John Steinbeck – The Short Reign of Pippin IV
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. – Jailbird
  • Sarah Vowell – Assassination Vacation ✓
  • Elie Wiesel – Dawn & Day

In reality, the list is a basic outline. I tend to get a bit distracted, change a few, and toss in some others for enjoyment or to get a deeper understanding of current events. Feel free to check me out on Goodreads to see my progress.

I also like to share ideas and work with people with similar interests, so I am a member of:

I also serve as a manuscript referee for Utopian Studies and a reviewer for the journal Autism in Adulthood, was a member of the editorial board of the now-defunct The Best Century: A Journal of the Nineteenth Century, and represented Carleton University’s graduate students on the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English.

I also love the beautiful scenery and vibrant arts community where I live, and I’m a member of my local community theatre society, performing arts society, and community forest society.