I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A truly beautiful place to live. When I was younger, I lived with my older sister, younger brother, and parents. My parents told me to follow my dreams and always “create” something. For years, I created gardens of flowers and fruits. I wrote many stories and poems. I danced, skied, ran, swam, and thoroughly enjoyed life.
In 1985, I graduated from McGill University (Montreal) with a Bachelor of Education degree. I became a Teacher. This was an amazing accomplishment considering the fact that I have tremendous difficulty spelling! In 1995, I graduated from Concordia University (Montreal) with a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. I became a Computer Science Teacher, specializing in Educational Technology. I taught pre-kindergarten children all the way to high school seniors. I’ve always loved teaching, but I was still brewing a passion for writing and the dream of becoming an author never diminished.
A defining moment in my life occurred when my beloved Grandmother passed away. She left me with phrases to live by and a spiritual muse. From that moment on, I knew I had to get the words out of my head, onto paper, and into the world.
Here’s something funny about me, I love paper. I know it sounds silly to love paper, but I do. Even with all the technological advances in the world, I prefer paper. I like all the different qualities, weights, smells, and feel of paper. When I select a new journal, I study the paper which I will write on. My connection to writing is not simply about the words. It’s about the bond between the paper and the words, via the ink.
Luckily, I have been able to marry my love of teaching with my love of writing. I am a writing instructor at Concordia University (Montreal) in the Centre for Continuing Education. Also, I am a columnist for The Suburban Newspaper. My column is called, “Living in the Now”. As well, I am a featured writer for the West Island Blog, and other newspapers/blog sites. On occasion, I teach specialized writing courses and give lectures on creative writing. Please check my website for frequent updates on my courses and lectures.
My home is always busy. It is filled with family, animals, numerous plants and flowers, home cooking and baked goodies. It’s a great place to live and write. Although I can write anywhere, I am most creative at home.
I would best describe myself as a passionate person. I get attached to creativity quite easily. I love my family, my home and garden, and my friends. I adore skiing, running, baking, and of course writing. I ALWAYS stop to smell the flowers, pay special attention to details, and listen to the birds and wind. My world does not move at the same pace of the world, it is a lot slower.
That’s briefly me.