Getting to Know Me

I’m a long time resident of the British Columbia Interior. I count walruses for science and race go carts for fun.

I’m also a computer geek from way back, having been introduced to the Commodore Vic-20 -- the finest in 8-bit technology -- back in the early ‘80s. It was love at first byte. Over the subsequent two decades I wrote a ridiculous amount of code in multiple languages, built (and blew up) countless databases, assembled custom digital workstations, sold specialized hardware, and helped found several groundbreaking companies in the computer technology industry.

In my spare time, I got an English degree (York University) and studied print journalism (Sheridan College) and creative writing (Humber School for Writers).

These days I’m a print journalist, novelist, short story writer and screenwriter.

My magazine articles and columns have appeared in many regional and national publications, including Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Cottage, Garden Making, The Grower, Harrowsmith, Kootenay Life East, Kootenay Living Magazine, Route 3, Small Farm Canada, and Vitality Magazine.

My short fiction has been published in literary journals across Canada and in the United States, including The Dalhousie Review, dANDelion, filling Station, The New Quarterly, PRECIPICe, Qwerty, and Reed Magazine.

I have written three books to date: the memoir, Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada (Signature Editions, 2013), the short story collection The Things She'll Be Leaving Behind (Thistledown Press, 2018) and the historical novel The Haweaters (Signature Editions, 2020)

My short story, "Napoleon's Eyes", was nominated for the Journey Prize and The Haweaters was shortlisted for the 2021 Fred Kerner Book Award.

I speak with host Wayne MacPhail about the impact of climate change on wildfires on the Harrowsmith Radio Podcast.

I speak with host Wayne MacPhail about the complicated role climate change plays in the tick invasion of Canada on the Harrowsmith Radio Podcast.