I have lived in the charming town of Kingsville on Lake Erie for…a long time. I am a freelance writer for the newspaper that I once worked for as a fulltime reporter/photographer/columnist. Today I am a columnist and municipal reporter, magazine writer, poet of little merit, and aspiring writer of books. Still working out the timing of my stand up comedy routine, I am destined to serve it up on the page and not the stage.
I have been married to my husband John for almost 30 years and we have two wonderful, smart and handsome sons, Adam, 25 and Tyler, 20. Adam is a rock god (soon to be a world renowned lead guitarist) and basketball aficionado and Tyler is my computer savvy clever (about to set the world on fire) college student.
I began my writing “career” at the tender age of 10. My first story was a composition for a grade five literature exam and my teacher liked it (she really liked it!) Later, I was encouraged (and embarrassed) by a number of high school teachers who chose my essays to be read aloud in class. If you remember high school, being “centred out” was not necessarily a good thing. But in this case it was. Writing, then, as now, is a way of getting my lonely voice in the wilderness heard. I “honed” my craft a little more at university, where I was taught by hippies, poets, (it was the 70’s) and strict grammarians. Some of it stuck; some of it didn’t.