Some writers specialize. I prefer to be constantly meeting new people, learning about new subjects and covering an array of stories. A typical week might find me interviewing owners of pot-bellied pigs for a magazine, visiting an old-school wooden paddle maker for a radio piece, and talking to farmers about the state of their crops.
But there are certain subjects I seem to return to regularly, including technology, agriculture and rural life, film and television, mental health and animals. I also have a particular interest in stories about people with passions and occupations beyond the ordinary (Lego robotics programmers, pet rat owners) and about the varied ways people in communities form bonds and thrive.
In addition to my work in journalism, I am a writer and consultant in the film industry – particularly in documentaries. I am a past marketing manager for the National Film Board of Canada in Quebec and the Atlantic region, and continue to work as a story consultant, marketing writer/consultant and web content creator.
For more than a decade, I have been writing the popular “Daisy Dreamer” children’s comic for Chickadee magazine. I also occasionally contribute fiction for children, most recently in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue. I enjoy connecting with students and am available for school workshops with young writers and for readings. If you are interested in having me visit your school for a workshop you can book me through the Writers in the Schools program (scroll down to find my bio), or contact me directly.
I also offer workshops for writers who are all grown up – on topics such as effective interview techniques and working with editors – as well as media training sessions for executives, board members and senior staff who may have to deal with the public.
I am fluently bilingual, and have provided French-English translation services to clients including the National Film Board of Canada, the McGill University Health Centre, the Cirque du Soleil,TVA and Astral Media.
I belong to the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and serve as the volunteer chair of the Halifax Regional Library Board. I also blog for the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia.