My passions are writing, sailing, skiing and dogs.
The fall of 2011 gave me another mentoring opportunity. The Crime Writers of Canada mentorship program paired me with Garry Ryan. What an amazing experience to have the president of the CWC work with me on my third novel.
Happiness in 2014 arrived in the form of a nominations. My first novel, Descent, was nominated for the 2014 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Unhanged Arthur for excellence in crime writing. My second novel, Burnt, was nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association 2014 Debut Dagger, and my short story When A Friendship Fails won the Capital Crime Writers 2014 Audrey Jessup.
I have a combined honours in computer science and mathematics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Unrelated to writing? I believe any university degree teaches how to process a large amount of information quickly, decide what’s important and use it. This skill certainly comes in handy for research. After graduating, I began my career with Bell Northern Research, enabling me to live in Japan and Germany.
Panorama Mountain Village, B.C. was my home for five and half years, where I worked first as the human resources manager and later as the director of human resources, security and guest services. My involvement in the resort’s wildlife management program broadened my knowledge of the wilderness and the animals that live there. Bears, coyotes, moose and cougars make cameo appearances in my books. Living in Panorama helped me find the subject for my novels. I write about Stone Mountain, a fictitious ski resort in the depths of the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia.
Dogs are a big part of my life and mine appear in my novels.