My love of language and stories drives my passion to write; when words won’t do the job, I turn to my easel and a fresh canvas. I enjoy painting pictures with words and flavouring my poetry and prose with alliteration, similes and metaphors.
When I moved to Muskoka in 2010, I joined the Bracebridge Library Writing Circle and later went on to facilitate both the Bracebridge and Baysville Library Writing Circles for several years. From 2013 to the present, I have helped organize and participated in the Cottage Country Writers’ Tall Pine Tales summer reading series. In 2014 I was honoured to receive the Muskoka YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Art, Creativity and Culture. The following year, Cindy Watson and I co-founded the Muskoka Authors Association.
My short stories and poetry have been published in magazines and in poetry and literary collections.
Currently, I’m working on a double-murder mystery set in in a small town in northern Ontario. The story revolves around an intriguing ten-year old cold case that attracts a budding writer to town. While working as a children’s librarian, Jillian Matthews spends her off-work hours digging into the case. When she shows up as the second murder victim, the police discover the same weapon was used in both homicides.
In my spare time, I run Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery in Bracebridge where you’ll find my nature-inspired artwork along with that of other exceptional local artists.
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