Hi, and thanks for visiting my website! You may know me as an editor, ghostwriter, and instructor. This website is about me as a creative writer.
My debut novel, The Broken Places, came out with NeWest Press on April 1, 2022. To my delight (and relief), readers and reviewers have praised the book. The Globe and Mail even named it a best book of 2022. Now that The Broken Places is in stores and libraries, I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
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I’ve always been a writer. I was nine when I got my first typewriter. A red-and-white model designed for kids, it produced the same purple print as those school mimeographs from back in the 70s. It was cheap and lightweight, but it made my stories and poems look official. They looked like writing.
When the realities (and bills) of adulthood set in, I gave up creative writing. Not words, though. I’ve been slinging them ever since.
As a ghostwriter and editor, I’ve produced tons of copy for other people. As a workshop and university instructor, I’ve helped thousands of students get better at writing and editing. I’ve written a little under my own name: I was a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and wrote the collection Peck’s English Pointers. But mostly I’ve stayed behind the scenes.
Much as I’ve loved working with other people’s words, my own have been clamouring to get out. Some years ago, I tried writing fiction again to see what would happen. Like that, time folded back on itself, and I got caught up in creating all over again.
The Broken Places is my first published novel. I’m thrilled to have a book that’s all mine—my characters, my ideas, my name on the cover. It’s scary too; there’s a lot to like about staying hidden. But you know what? Life is fraught with risk. Sometimes you need to rush straight at it to feel alive. That’s one of the things my fiction is about.
The Broken Places
Vancouver. A day like any other. Kyle, a successful cosmetic surgeon, is punishing himself with a sprint up a mountain. Charlotte, wife of a tech tycoon, is combing the farm belt for local cheese and a sense of purpose. Back in the city their families go about their business: landscaping, doing deals, skipping school. It’s a day like any other—until suddenly it’s not.
When the earthquake hits, the city erupts in chaos and fear. Kyle’s and Charlotte’s families, along with two passersby, are thrown together in an oceanfront mansion. The catastrophe and conflicts that beset these wildly different people expose the fault lines beneath their relationships, as they question everything in an effort to survive and reunite with their loved ones stranded outside the city.
Why is this author crying?
Why? Because she made it to Tucson but her books never did.
The Broken Places on Global News
Sincere thanks to Global BC political correspondent Keith Baldrey for including The Broken Places among the BC titles on his much-viewed bookshelves.
Thank you, Vancouver Island University, for inviting me to read in Nanaimo on February 16, 2023, as part of the Portfolio Reading Series.
Tales of disaster and rescue
On Saturday, January 28 (2:00–3:30 pm), I’ll be at the West Vancouver Memorial Library with author Cathalynn Labonté-Smith to discuss stories of disaster and rescue, both real and imagined.
On the 2022 Globe 100 list!
I was on the ferry to Victoria when a writer messaged me to say congratulations on making the Globe 100 book list.
Holiday book signing in Victoria
Victoria readers: get a jump on your holiday shopping, or just swing by and say hello.
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