Word Nerd and Gadabout
I'm an unashamed word junkie. I love editing (yes, seriously). I've worked as an editor, writer, and translator for 25 years. Check out my LinkedIn page for more on my professional experience (and feel free to add me to your network!).
I've had a thing for typewriters since 1982.
I hold a Master's degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. I'm a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Editors Canada. I've passed the Editors Canada Copyediting, Proofreading, Stylistic, and Structural certification exams to snag the Certified Professional Editor designation.
I enjoy stringing my own words together, too: I've written 3 novels that I'll own up to (with a couple more permanently banished to the back of a drawer) and numerous short stories, and have been published in literary journals. In 2010, I completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
I'm represented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
I was born in the UK and have lived (in chronological order) in Portsmouth, Glasgow, Toronto, Johannesburg, Paris, Johannesburg again, Vancouver and most recently, Ottawa, in Canada (it's always fun to play "guess the accent!" with people), where I've now lived for an unprecedented 17 years.
I'm a proud member of the Ottawa Foodie Girlz (Eat. Good. Food).