writer – editor – translator

I am a writer, editor and translator with more than 15 years’ experience, both in-house and freelance.

Writer
I have written hundreds of articles about entertainment, children’s literature, health, travel, home décor and parenting for various publications, including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, Homemakers, Homemakers.com, The New York Times, Help! We’ve Got Kids, Quill & Quire and BellExpressvu’s Vu magazine.

Editor
I began my career in the copyediting department of Ladies’ Home Journal. I worked as a copyeditor for TV Guide Canada and as an editor for Style at Home, Canadian Living.com, Microsoft Home Magazine, MySweetBaby.ca (Rogers Media), MochaSofa.ca (Transcontinental Media) and WorkLivePlayCafe.

Translator
A decade ago, I started translating articles, recipes and other documents from French to English for Style at Home and other Transcontinental Media properties. I have since worked on the Société des alcools du Québec’s TCHIN TCHIN and Cellier magazines, SAQ.com, CAA-Quebec’s Touring magazine and OWL magazine.

Author
My middle-grade novel, Clutch, will be published spring 2017 with Red Deer Press. The short story upon which it is based, The Boys of Summer, won the 2014 CANSCAIP & The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 17th Annual Writing for Children Competition. I am also working on a couple of picture books, a children’s nonfiction book and a romantic comedy for an adult readership.

Other editorial experience
Other editorial experience includes editing and managing the book-review blog for Mabel’s Fables children’s bookstore, creating e-newsletters and web copy, writing advertorials and press releases, and creating and executing inbound (SEO and social media) marketing plans.

Education
I hold a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University and an MA in Journalism from New York University. I recently completed the online multimedia course Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir from Ball State University.

Volunteer and memberships
I am a friend of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), for which I volunteer as speaker coordinator for the organization’s annual Packaging Your Imagination conference and as a planning committee member for its monthly meetings. I am also a member of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Editors’ Association of Canada and recently served as a judge for the 2016 CWC Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, Juvenile/YA category. As you can imagine, I read a lot of children’s books.

A book lover’s jaunt through The One of a Kind Show

The spring One of a Kind Show is on now at Toronto’s Exhibition Place until March 30. This year, I dreamily walked the aisles taking in all things bookish. Some very clever uses of the written word and its format. Enjoy!

One of a kind show, Bookwork, noelle hamlyn, sporouts press, necklaces, books,
Book necklaces by Sprouts Press and Bookwork book spines by Noelle Hamlyn
One of a kind show, Margi Laurin, Silk Pulp Cedar Mountain
Alice in Wonderland papercut by The Silk Pulp, Typewriter signs by Cedar Mountain, and Book journals by Margi Laurin

My Kind of Candy Store

The One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is a feast for the eyes. It’s impossible to leave without an artisanal little something (or two) tucked under an arm (or two). Of the 800 Canadian artisans at this year’s show, 150 are new exhibitors, bringing their talent and passion to what can only be called “the big  time” in craft circles.

From playful and imaginative to practical and polished, here are the items that caught my interest on opening day.

For the kids:

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Raccoon, Heidi Van Veen

Blocks, Fidoodle

Bear, Him Creations

 

For him and her:

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Niagara, Eve Gravel

Moleskine notebooks with hand printed covers, Margaret Rankin

The Trammel, Wilk Watchworks

 

For the home:

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“Little Red” diorama, Gosia

Natural lace tall pitcher, Ruiter Brook Pottery

Serving pieces, Ceramik B

 

The The One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale runs November 22 to December 2, 2013.

My middle-grade fiction reading list

To better my own writing and to get a real lesson in crafting a middle grade novel, a friend of mine sent me a reading list:

  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Anything by Roald Dahl (I’ve read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (but stop there in terms of the craft, ie before the series was written to be filmed. But yes, of course I read them all).

Other middle grade novels that I’ve read and enjoyed include:

  • Between Two Ends by David Ward
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Dust by Arthur Slade
  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
  • Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester.

Do you have any great middle grade novels to recommend? Please let me know!

The Art of the Picture Book Exhibition

Love this bit of news I received today from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will present The Art of the Picture Book from September 11 to October 14, 2012. Eighty illustrators will be represented, including Ruth Ohi, Werner Zimmermann, Barbara Reid and Michael Martchenko.

Two days after the exhibit closes, an auction of  the original art will take place as a fundraiser for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

What an amazing opportunity to own a piece of work from childhood heroes (or your children’s childhood heroes).

For more information, visit The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.