I have been reading and writing stories ever since I can remember and have always loved orderliness and precision. After completing two MAs, one in English literature and the other in creative writing, I naturally gravitated towards editing. Between my first two in-house editing jobs, I taught English in Japan and Italy. Living alone in these two very different countries taught me to be confident, flexible, patient, and resourceful—all attributes that I apply daily in my work.
My areas of specialty are books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, and texts related to occupational therapy, such as practice standards. I have worked on a variety of materials including scholarly monographs and edited collections, trade non-fiction, textbooks, and reports. Click here for a complete list of published materials on which I’ve worked.
In business relationships, I value quality over quantity. I have close connections with a small group of clients with whom I’ve worked for many years, though I am always happy to add new clients to the mix. My main clients are the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations, the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, Figure 1 Publishing, the Royal Ontario Museum, and UBC Press. Click here for testimonials.
Since 2011, I have been a member in good standing of the Indexing Society of Canada, and for three years, I served as the managing editor for the society’s newsletter. I have taught seminars and webinars on indexing and permissions research for Editors Canada. I completed my Publishing Certificate at Ryerson University, where I won a Marsh Jeanneret Memorial Award for academic excellence. Several of my short stories have been published in literary journals, including filling Station, The Nashwaak Review, and The Dalhousie Review. In 2013, one of my stories was nominated for McClelland & Stewart’s Journey Prize. In 2017, my first novel, The History of Hilary Hambrushina, was published by Iguana Books.
My Ten Favourite Books
(in alphabetical order)
Cecilia by Frances Burney
Emma by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Last Ten Books I Read
(last book listed first)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Ethelinde by Charlotte Smith
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
Barford Abbey by Susannah Minifie Gunning
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon