About Me

Signing a book at the Victoria, BC, launch of Silent Girl.

My heart has a home (and citizenship) in two countries. Born in Rahway, New Jersey, I’ve lived in Canada since 1981. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in English literature, I’ve taught school and worked in marketing, advertising, human resources, and corporate communications in Georgia, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois and Ontario. These days I have the luxury of writing in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, a beautiful part of the world. I’ve amused myself over the years by tap-dancing, painting rocks, playing piano, and pretending to play golf. At the moment I’m an online news junkie and occasional tandem biker (with husband Colin at the controls). Mike and Katie call me Mom; Ashley and CC call me Grandma.

I started writing fiction in 2002 after taking early retirement from corporate life. Since then my fiction has appeared in Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Hemispheres, Cicada, Big Muddy and NEO. The story collection Silent Girl was my first book. Stony River and Becoming Lin are the first two novels in a planned trilogy. I was honoured to win first prize for fiction in The Malahat Review‘s 2010 competition and first prize in creative nonfiction in subTerrain Magazine’s 2015 awards event.

Here I answer a few questions about Stony River and myself on Book Club Buddy.

And here are answers to different questions from J. C. Sutcliffe on Slightly Booklist.

In the oft chance you’re curious about what went through my mind when I wrote Silent Girl, I offer up these two links:

  • An interview by Toronto writer and literary blogger Kerry Clare.
  • An article in my hometown paper.



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