I’ve been writing and editing for decades, or at least, it feels that way because I’ve covered a lot of ground in my career. I thought I was going to grow up and be an advertising copywriter, but my love of print media took over. I took my first job in the business as a junior-nothing-nobody at Maclean’s magazine, followed by slightly more elevated editorial position at Flare. I was laid off in the ’90s as the recession hit. Armed with a slim writing portfolio, I managed, by some miracle, to snag freelance assignments for Chatelaine, Canadian Living and The Toronto Star. I was on my way to becoming a bona fide freelance writer.
I’m often asked, “What do you write about?” The short answer is anything that interests me. The longer answer is that I generally enjoy lifestyle writing. What the heck does that mean? That covers topics such as fashion, beauty, health, travel, trends, celebrities, entertainment (especially television in my case), décor, food and wine. It’s a long list, but these are all subjects I pay attention to. The mix is always morphing and evolving. These days, about half of my work is travel-related. Not surprisingly, I spend plenty of time on planes and at airports on my way to various places all over the world, from Kenya to Kamloops, from Paris to Peru.
I’m fortunate to have amazing clients who keep me busy. I’m a contributing editor at Flare, a regular contributor to 2 magazine, the Canadian Tourism Commission’s media website, and beauty editor at Canadian Health and Lifestyle magazine. I’ve edited magazines like Elm Street (the now-defunct, multi-award-winning women’s publication), Pursuit, REV, and Leafs Nation; worked part-time at the Globe and Mail covering television; taught magazine editing at George Brown College, and written two books about Corner Gas (Tales from Dog River and Dog River Confidential, both Penguin Canada). I’m always up for a challenge and I’ve been fortunate to work with some great companies on various projects (Walt Disney Canada, Acura, American Express, Aviva Insurance, McDonald’s – to name a few).
If you have a project, you’d like to get going, have a story that needs to be written, require advice on freelancing, or just want to say hi, just send me an email. I look forward to connecting with you.