During the day, I’m a high school teacher (Student Services/Special Education this year, with courses in English, Law, Social Studies, History, and Writing 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 2019, I’m looking at:
- Giovanni Bocaccio – The Decameron
- Jim Bouton – Ball Four
- W. S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan – H. M. S. Pinafore/The Pirates of Penzance
- Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited
- Franz Kafka – The Trial
- Yann Martel – Life of Pi
- George Orwell – The Road to Wigan Pier
- Plato – Timaeus/Critias
- Alexander Pope – The Rape of the Lock
- William Shakespeare – Measure for Measure
- Steve Silberman – NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
- Art Spiegelman – Maus I and II
- John Steinbeck – Cannery Row
- Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse
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.