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Industry Education
Occupation Retired teacher, writer and illustrator
Location Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Introduction I was in elementary school teacher for 33 years working with children from kindergarten to grade eight. Ten of those years I was a teacher-librarian. I volunteered in numerous ways including writing and directing Drama Club plays and working with Young Authors (who won various contests including the prestigious Scholastic-create-a-book Award for A Job for Jesse). I am a mother and grandmother. Much of my outside of teaching volunteer work has involved children: Playschool Coordinator, mentor to a teenage mother, La Leche League librarian, Girl Guide Leader, Readers are Leaders Volunteer, etc. I am a professional member of CANSCAIP, The Canadian Children's Book Center, and YALitChat. Most agents and publishers are unwilling to take on a client my age. Little do they know how many ideas I have and how hard I work. I have been traditionally published in a wide variety of formats and have recently expanded into self-publishing. I have done readings and workshops for children and for adults interested in writing for children throughout the region. If you find this site interesting, I hope you will suggest it to your friends.
Interests photography, gardening, Buddhism, reading, movies, writing, home improvements, needle arts, visual arts, theatre
Favorite Movies Departures, Lord of the Rings, Logan's Run, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Slumdog Millionaire, Amadeus, Braveheart, The Matrix, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: First Contact, Groundhog Day, The Terminator, Gandhi, The Princess Bride, Duck Soup, Crash, Titanic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Gallaxy, Bambi, Old Yeller, Brokeback Mountain, Interview with a Vampire, Bridget Jone's Diary, Blindness, The Fifth Element, Star Gate, Finding Nemo, Soylent Green, Twelve Monkeys, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spiderman, The Fly, Jurassic Park, Dances with Wolves, Blade, Atonement, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Truman Show, Isle of Dr. Moreau
Favorite Books Old Path White Clouds, Middlesex, A Fine Balance, The Pillars of the Earth, Plainsong, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Lovely Bones, The Narnian Chronicles, Dune, The Handmaid's Tale, Heidi, Anne Rice vampire series, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Brave New World, The Mists of Avalon, I Robot, Fahrenheit 451, Watership Down, The Life of Pi, Angela's Ashes