I am a BC-based author, freelance writer, editor, and self-publishing consultant. Living on nature’s doorstep on Vancouver Island, where the forest meets the sea, fuels my love of the natural world. Children’s books are my favourite art form as they offer the opportunity to create a visual experience through words and illustration; the story is my canvas. I write stories for children first, for the adults who read with children, and also for those who have never outgrown their love of a good children’s book. My own curiosity and love of storytelling inspires me to write non-fiction stories that help children to discover and explore the world around them. With my first picture book, An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm, Tricycle Press/Random House I developed a particular expertise and interest in telling stories related to food, farming and agriculture. For non-fiction I combine a lively and engaging writing style with facts, photographs and illustrations to capture the heart of a story and help kids grasp why we need to care about a topic and how it affects them.
My roots are in traditional publishing, where for 25+ years I’ve honed my skills first in a variety of roles at some of Canada’s most esteemed trade publishing houses and then as an independent publishing professional, writing coach, freelance writer and author. I am the co-principal of Behind the Book (behindthebook.ca), a self-publishing consulting company and works with authors and companies to self-publish Fiction and Non-fiction books – including children’s picture books – of the highest standards.