About

I am an author, illustrator and journalist based in North Vancouver, BC. I came to Canada in 1997 to pursue a PhD in education at UBC, which I finished in 2002. After completing a postdoc, worked in online curriculum development for BC public schools. After a spell as a freelance consultant, I decided it was time to focus on writing, and on our young family.

My Young Adult novel, “The Kingdom of Strange,” was published in 2008. Since then, I also illustrated “Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook,” (Beverly Patt, 2010) and have continued to work in print and radio journalism.

I am currently writing A ROUGH PATCH, a blog that chronicles day to day life with the triple threat (asthma, eczema and allergies) in early childhood.  I am also busy with art for children, including posters, cards and theatre props. You can find samples from my new portfolio here.

Recent publications and radio work:

Awards:

  • Desire2Excel Award for Wordspace (2006), an online forum for young adult readers and writers.
  • Best Icebreaker Contest, KnowTips online conference, 2007.

Conference Presentations:

  • American Education Research Association, Montreal and Seattle (1999, 2001)
  • KnowSchools (online)(2006, 2007)
  • BC Literacy Forum (online, 2008)
  • Spring Conference of the Virtual School Society (Vancouver 2006, 2007).
  • Desire2Learn Annual Conference, Guelph, Ontario (2006).

My detailed CV can be found on my LinkedIn page.