Education

My most recent educational training came from publishing courses in copy editing, substantive editing and fiction editing through Ryerson University. I have also taken several writing workshops with award-winning and best-selling authors, including Thrills and Chills: Writing Popular Fiction taught by Kelley Armstrong at University of Toronto, and Short Story Intensive with Mary Robinette Kowal. The editing courses have taught me professional standards in the industry and the mechanics of editing and the publishing process. Writing courses have helped shape my understanding of what elements go into successful storytelling.

In addition, I've long been involved with language and fiction, excelling in every English class and completing an Honours BA in philosophy, which included studies in English, history and psychology. This gives me the skill set to approach challenges from several angles and seek the best solution for every situation.

 

Professional Experience

I'm constantly adding to my skill set through programs offered by Editors Canada (EAC), of which I was an active member from 2010-2016 and served a two year term as one of the coordinators for my region. During that time, I attended over a dozen talks and seminars devoted to the business and craft of editing.

 

Relevant Transferrable Skills

My organizational and management skills have been strengthened by my volunteer work. In addition to my position as Waterloo-Wellington branch president for the Canadian Authors' Association from 2014 to 2018, I was previously the local EAC twig coordinator for a two-year term. For seven years, I have been the co-municipal liaison in my region for National Novel Writing Month.

 

Personal Experience

My story began as that of a writer -- making picture books before I learned to read and write, and long before I took an interest in editing -- and I fully understand all the work that goes into each manuscript my clients create. I have always loved books, especially books full of magic and wonder, immersing myself in fictional worlds and befriending fictional characters since childhood. As I developed my craft as a writer, I sought a career that would complement my love of books and eventually found my way into editing.

My first published book, Dragon Whisperer, is a fantasy novel and was released through Iguana Books in June 2013. My second book, After the Dragon Raid, is a romantic fantasy released by Iguana in October 2014. Both books are available through the publisher as well as most online booksellers and got their beginnings as NaNoWriMo novels from 2009-2013.

 

Interests

I'm a proud social justice warrior devoted to anti-fascist efforts. I'm a queer ally, a feminist, and anti-racist, among other things. If that makes you uncomfortable, this probably isn't the website for you.

I've given every genre a try, but it's science fiction and fantasy that I keep coming back to, not just in books but in all media. I love the magic and monsters, the strange new tech and complicated casts of characters. I love how these genres can be about pure entertainment, or about teaching us something new about what it means to be human.

I live in Waterloo with my husband, daughter, and three dogs, where I spend my free time hiking, reading, writing, gardening, or kickboxing.

I never miss an opportunity to geek out and my other love affairs include:

  • action movies that pass the Bechdel test
  • astronomy
  • baking
  • existentialist philosophy
  • Halloween
  • rock music
  • superheroes
  • tequila
  • travel