Getting to Know Me

I’ve been a professional journalist, novelist, and short story writer for more than 30 years and I'm currently transitioning into screenwriting.

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

On the non-fiction front, I’m also the author of Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada (Signature Editions, 2013). Part memoir, part voyage of scientific discovery, this book explores the mounting Lyme disease crisis in Canada.

On the fiction side of things, my historical novel, The Haweaters (Signature Editions, 2020), brings to life a real-life double-murder that captivated Manitoulin Island in the late 19th century. It was shortlisted for the 2021 Fred Kerner Book Award.

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. My short story, "Napoleon's Eyes", was nominated for the Journey Prize and a collection of my short fiction, The Things She'll Be Leaving Behind was published by Thistledown Press in 2018.

My voice is jaded, hopeful and frequently funny. I work on the humorous side of drama and the dark side of comedy. My characters are haunted by their pasts and striving towards brighter futures.

I've recently completed two original feature film screenplays. The first is an adaptation of my novel, The Haweaters. The second is an original drama entitled The Well.

I'm looking for opportunities to put my storytelling skills to work in the film industry.

How can we work together? Contact me about:
• Adapting optioned material into a screenplay
• Writing or rewriting a treatment or draft script
• Joining the staff of your virtual writers' room
• Providing script analysis and/or coverage

Do you have something else in mind? I'd love to hear from you.

Speaking with Harrowsmith Radio podcast host Wayne MacPhail about the impact of climate change on wildfires.

Speaking with Harrowsmith Radio podcast host Wayne MacPhail about the complicated role climate change plays in the tick invasion of Canada.