When I was a little girl, I was far more interested in reading and writing than dolls and toys. (Except for Lego; I was always a Lego fan.) I hid books under my pillow and read by the soft glow of the hallway light. (I now need glasses – a coincidence?) I would create “magazines”, complete with resplendent drawings and such captivating headlines as “The dog walked to the park today”. Luckily my writing skills improved, though my drawing ability sadly failed to progress. All of this led me to a career in writing, both in editorial and corporate capacities.
Four things you should know:
- I was born in Saskatchewan, grew up on Vancouver Island and now live in Ottawa.
- My writing career became somewhat legitimized when I: 1) Received my Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University; and 2) Had my first freelance pitch picked up by the Globe & Mail.
- I am fairly proficient in both French and Spanish though sometimes mix them up. This can lead to embarrassing situations at border crossings, customs offices and, well, almost anywhere. I am also proficient in CP Style but I don’t think many people consider that a foreign language. (But perhaps they should.)
- The misuse of the apostrophe irks me. A lot. I have quite a few grammar-related pet peeves but this is a big one.