About me

I have been passionate about writing all my life. I was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, and currently work as a professional editor and proofreader.

I am the author of the Verindon trilogy, a young adult science fiction romance series released through Wombat Books, and Once Confronted, released through Rhiza Press. My most recent book, The Verindon Alliance, is a new stand alone in the Verindon world and was published in May 2020. I have a fifth book in the Verindon series, The Verindon Conspiracy, scheduled for release in April 2022.

I am able to speak at small groups/schools. I have four seminars on offer:

How Do I Write a Novel?
This seminar will cover the basics of writing a novel, such as showing and not telling, point of view, excessive descriptions, first and third person, and past and present tense. It can include information about the publishing process if requested.

My Novel is Ready to be Published … Or is it?
This seminar provides an overview of the basics of writing a novel with which many first-time novelists may not be familiar. It also details the following:

  • make a submissions editor more likely to read your pitch
  • how to write a good query letter
  • the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing, and the pitfalls of vanity publishing
  • the benefits of a professional edit

Structural Editing Workshop
This seminar provides an overview of the basics of structural editing, such as:

  • how to make sure your plot works
  • character development and consistency
  • point of view
  • show don’t tell
  • descriptions

Ten Things You Should Know About a Professional Edit
This seminar is for those who have written a manuscript and are considering having it edited by a professional editor. It will detail ten key things that authors should know about having their books edited by a professional and will help them understand the process and enable them to make more informed decisions.

Interests

Writing, reading, animals, family, movies, walking, nature, bird watching

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