Welcome to my corner of the world!
My first memory of a book is visiting the bookmobile when it passed through our neighbourhood when I was very small.
It was summer, and the air smelled of old truck, hot dust, and road tar. Wild excitement beat like the wings of a bird inside my chest as I held my mother’s hand and climbed the giant steps, each one as high as my knee, to get into the van where all the books were. I was probably two or three years old.
I had that exact same feeling the first time I was given a tour of the library at my elementary school when I was six. In that moment, my dream became to read every book in the entire library, and then write one.
Raised as a reader, it was only natural that I became a writer, too.
I help writers clarify on the page what they see so clearly in their heads.
Clarity, Craft, Creativity, Curiosity, and Communication: my job as book coach is to be your co-pilot, sitting in the left-hand seat, helping you create a satisfying writing life as you Finish That Book.
I am a certified Author Accelerator book coach for fiction and narrative memoir.
Random Fun Facts:
I believe in simplicity, finding joy in the small things, and living a balanced life.
…And I have a really cute little dog named Samson.
Would you believe me if I told you that I used to be a lighthouse keeper? Yes, the kind with a rotating light and a fog horn, lol.
And would you believe me if I told you I’m also a musician and a dancer? I played bari sax in an 18-piece swing band, AND taught, studied, and performed the beautiful art of Egyptian style bellydance for over 15 years.
Yes, I’m a bellydancing book coach. What can I say?
There isn’t much difference in the space a music or a dance teacher holds for her student and the space a book coach holds for her client. Both require sensitivity, kindness, trust, honesty, integrity, and a healthy sense of fun.
In other words, I’ll
hold your feet to the fire keep you accountable to your creative goals using a combination of tough love and laughter.
…and if you’re lucky, maybe a dance move or two thrown in for good measure.
- I’ve played clarinet in two orchestras,
- lived in the Yukon,
- flown in an open-cockpit vintage biplane,
- knitted dozens of pairs of socks,
- sewn several quilts,
- baked hundreds of loaves of bread,
- been married 40+ years to the same lovely man,
- and raised one awesome adult son.
I write science fiction and contemporary fiction, I believe science fiction ought to contain real science, and I’m living proof that story ideas can be found in the most unlikely places.
Are you ready? Let’s get your writing life off the ground!