Hello! I am an author and educator from Hamilton, Ontario.
Originally from New Zealand, with the accent to prove it, I immigrated to Canada in my early twenties to attend graduate school at the University of Toronto where I studied Shakespeare.
After a lifetime of reading, I didn't begin to write seriously until my first child was born. Generated by real experiences with my daughter and son, I sometimes describe my first picture books as a "record of the creative act of mothering." Now, when I write, I'm just trying to have a lot of fun!
Although mainly a picture book author, I also write poetry, fiction and comix for adults.
As well as having multiple writing projects on the go at any one time, I teach learning skills and scriptwriting to first-year media students at Humber College in Toronto.
I love animals (I have a giant cat and a tiny dog, and would squeeze more in to my little house if I could); walking in the rain; meeting new people; making bread; drawing comics; playing the flute; and most of all, my (big) children Audie and Sam and husband Chris.