I have been a freelance journalist since 1991, writing for Canadian and American magazines and newspapers. On the West Coast of Canada, where I was raised, my main beat was commercial and sport fishing – which intersected with issues such as logging, pollution and the environment, wildlife, global warming, First Nations, and municipal, provincial and federal politics.
I also wrote personal essays for Canadian newspapers and magazines. One of these – Trips From There to Here – won a Gold Medal at the 1995 National Magazine Awards. Many of my essays relate to coastal perspectives, and my life with horses and dogs – and many were humorous.
In 1997, after moving to the East Coast of Canada, I wrote more personal essays for both provincial and national newspapers and magazines. In 2012, an article I wrote on Canadian comedian and actor Shaun Majumder won a Gold Award at the Atlantic Journalism Awards.
Now based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, I continue to write for provincial magazines, and do some work for community newspapers. I specialize in profiles of all sorts, including authors, musicians, artists, business people, and entrepreneurs. I also continue to write about wildlife, horses and dogs, both in article and book form.
I have written four books and hope to begin a fifth non-fiction title soon. My new book, Somebeachsomewhere: The Harness Racing Legend from a One-Horse Stable comes out with Nimbus Publishing in June 2021.
When I am not writing, I am teaching writing, at whichever new lovely venue I can find, across Canada. I am currently working on a series of memoir writing workshops to be held online, via Zoom.