About Me

Want to know a bit about me? Here are ten things you might be interested to learn.

  1. I’ve worked as a small business marketer for almost a decade. I worked at a local costume shop doing marketing and social media for eight years, then started my own business. My dad owned his own music store when I was a child, so I grew up feeling connected to small businesses. They contribute to neighbourhood character and to the local economy.
  2. I’ve been a writer since I was three years old. Literally. I dictated my first book to my grandma, who wrote it out for me. As an adult, I got a degree in journalism and have paid experience as a writer, blogger and poet.
  3. My first website was a fantasy “encyclopedia” I built on Geocities when I was twelve. It was glorious: it had scrolling marquees, a splash page and midi music. In my teens, my friend and I treated our online journals like a second bedroom. Once a month we would each code a completely new design, just for fun.
  4. I try my best to be a good environmentalist. As part of my business, I carbon-offset my home office and web hosting. I also cycle or take transit wherever I can, do my best to eat seasonally/locally and limit my meat/animal consumption. My thumb has never been terribly green, but I’m also attempting to grow native plant species in my garden to attract pollinators.
  5. I play three instruments (guitar, bass and piano) at a very mediocre level and love to sing. My family’s philosophy is that music is meant to be shared and enjoyed by everyone. It doesn’t matter how good you are at performing or whether you can make a career out of it. I’ve been playing casually with my friends in a band once a month and write terrible songs in my spare time.
  6. I love to draw and paint. Recently, I’ve also started working as an animator for LyricVids.com on a part-time basis.
  7. I’m always in the middle of at least one book—often up to four! That way, I’m never in that awkward spot where I’m without a book. At the moment I’m writing this, I’m in the middle of Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders by Mary Pipher, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks.
  8. For the past two years, I’ve been learning to speak French. I practice with a Parisian tutor at the library once a week… But most of my practice is from binge-watching TV in French on Netflix and telling myself I’m being productive.
  9. I like dogs, but I’m a cat person at heart. I have two cats named Luna and Diana. They are incredibly spoiled jerks, but I love them to death.
  10. I’m a Toronto girl. I was born in Leslieville, grew up in Scarborough and currently live around the Beaches/East York.