Photo_by_Helen_TanseyI’ve been telling stories since I figured out how to prop all of my dolls in a row, creating a wide-eyed and enraptured audience. My grandfather soon discovered that placing a reel-to-reel audio recorder with a microphone in front of me would fill up the reels in no time, giving the adults a brief respite which worked out well at family dinners.

A love of the arts led to passionate participation in dance, choir, musicals and plays. My curiosity led to wearing as many hats as possible, from performing to stage managing and directing, from theatre to television and film.

After graduating from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, I discovered there were stories bubbling to the surface that wanted to be novels.

I spent the next decade and a half learning the craft of novel writing.

Like many people in the arts, my jobs have run the gamut – from box office for cinema and The National Ballet of Canada, to front-of-house staff for a big city performing arts centre. I’ve worked retail in an eight-story landmark flagship store, and in a small town dollar store. I’ve had the life-affirming adventure of being a live-in nanny, and the irreplaceable time spent providing elder care to my late Gram. I migrated into the 9-to-5 world of offices, morphing into records management for my Clark Kent job.

All the while, I’ve been telling stories.

I live with my husband and my mom on Canada’s east coast, where the rugged sea and misty forests feed my thirst for gothic tales.

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