The truth is I fell in love with writing shortly after my parents first put a pencil in my hand. I started my first (and only) newspaper in elementary school and never looked back.
After a high-school co-op program introduced me to the art of journalism, I headed to Carleton University’s School of Journalism and spent four years mastering the inverted pyramid.
After graduation I accepted a position with the Toronto Star Newspaper and quickly learned that the best inverted pyramid in the world isn’t much use if you don’t have a nose for a story and a passion for getting it right. I spent years sharpening my senses on a variety of beats (I’ve covered everything from murders to summer camp) and learning from some of the best in the business.
In 1996 University of Windsor Law school called and I answered. I finished law school three years later with a degree in my hand and an engagement ring from my high school sweetheart on my finger. Both milestones changed my life.
Called to the bar in 2001 I began a seven year career as a lawyer with Canada’s largest national law firm. There I mastered the fine art of juggling: A marriage, the birth of my first child, a national travel column, a national real estate column, a second child, writing for legal publications and occasionally making dinner.
In 2007 I came to my senses and returned to writing full time. Today, almost 15 years after my first article appeared, you can still find my articles in The Toronto Star. My travel column is in its 8th year. I am also a regular contributor to the New in Homes and Living sections. You’ll find my writing in the magazines you like to read (Canadian Family, Budget Travel, Parents Canada among them) and on sites you trust (Urbanmoms.ca, Chatelaine.com, Travel to Wellness.com, Disney’s family.go.com).
You’ll also find that I haven’t left my legal life behind completely. I still write legal articles for the Canadian Bar Associations’s National Magazine (In fact, I recently received a Gold Medal prize from the CBA for an article that appeared in National Magazine.) and a monthly column and occasional features in Lexpert Magazine.
When I’m not sitting at my computer, you’ll find me transporting the kids to school, in the drive-thru line at Tim Hortons or waiting to board a flight in the airport lounge. No matter where I am physically, you can be sure that I’m already thinking about the next great story.