I was born and raised in a mining town where nickel is golden.
I wish I could live in the depths of the forest— Swiss Family Robinson style, but winterized. I'm haunted by the stories of my ancestors; the ones that exist within my DNA.
I was once an elementary school teacher but now I write, paint and illustrate stories in my tiny studio.
I wrote and illustrated a children's book called: SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A FOX (Groundwood Books), winner of the 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award, the 2017 Blue Spruce Award and one of NY Public Library's Most Notable Titles in 2015. My second children's book, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON was released fall 2017 (Groundwood Books).
My book, The DEPENDENT- A Memoir of Marriage & the Military was published fall 2016, (Latitude 46 Publishing) shortlisted for the 2017 Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award. I am currently working on two novels; one for adults and one for children.
I have a B.A. Arts, B.A. Ed, and I'm currently an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
I am Métis and I live in Sudbury Ontario Canada, the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg, with my husband Steve, son Owen and our dogs Frodo and Suzie.
Juror for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards: Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books Category
Reader for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Literary Prize
Member of the Ontario College of Teachers since 1999
Member of Writer's Union of Canada
Reader for Prism International Literary Journal (2015-2016)
Speaker for Culture Talks Ontario, 2015
Writer/Guest at Wordstock Sudbury:
2015 (SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A FOX) 2016 (THE DEPENDENT / Memoir Panel with Jael Richardson) /
2017 (ONCE IN A BLUE MOON/ YOU HOLD ME UP / Masterclass Picture Book Writing with Nicola Winstanley)
Speaker/Author at the FOLD 2017: PANEL: 'One My Mind' with Eden Robinson and Leah Lakshmi-Piepzna
Attended The Lemon Tree House Writing Residency in Tuscany, September 2014
Attended The Banff Centre for the Arts, Writing With Style Residency, spring 2012