I’m a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), and an associate member of The Canadian Society for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). Since the inception of WFNS, I’ve placed in four of six annual Atlantic Writing Competitions to which I’ve made submissions. While acquiring new skills and honing old ones, I’ve participated in past workshops presented by Kathy Lowinger, Deborah Ellis, Marthe Jocelyn, Frieda Wishinsky, Barbara Greenwood and the late Mollie Hunter. I’ve also attended a ten-week course–Writing for Children and Young Adults–taught by Vicki Grant, an award-winning author of fiction for middle grade readers and young adults. When I applied to take part in a mentorship program of the WFNS, I was encouraged to learn that I had been short-listed from among the fifty-five applicants. And in 2012, judges of the Writing for Children Competition of The Writer’s Union of Canada (a national association of professional writers) long-listed one of my stories for children from among close to nine-hundred entries. All of these activities, I believe, have contributed to my continuing improvement as a writer.
To get a sense of my personal background and writing interests, I’ve created topical pages that may interest you: Emerging Writer CV, A Short Biography, and On Writing. I’ve also created sub-headings on my Manuscript Portfolio page for excerpts related to individual titles. I hope you’ll enjoy the few writing samples provided, as well as Jennifer DesRoche’s whimsical illustrations accompanying Prince Nicolai and the Empty Box. Click here to contact me if you would like my current password for protected sites. (If you are an agent or editor, it may be found at the end of my query or cover letter, following my e-mail address and phone number.) Thanks for visiting!