I knew I’d be a writer by the age of four, when I’d staple together colourful pages to make books, complete with illustrations but using only scribbles as words. I was a writer, not a prodigy. At age seven, I created a series called The Adventures of Lady and Beauty (my dogs), using lined notebooks.
My paper lust and word infatuation continued into post-secondary, where I earned a BA in English (Minor-Classics) and a Diploma in Professional Writing from Memorial University of Newfoundland. My education plus background as a policy writer/computer technical writer helped kick-start my career as a technical writer for an international deep sea technology company.
Nowadays I’m an editor over at Matador Network. I write and scour the Internet for story ideas, germinating the minds of people everywhere with my brilliance. Working for the world’s largest independent online travel magazine is about as awesome as you’d figure.
I’ve also been dubbed their destination expert for St. John’s, Newfoundland. Recently I took over the role of Lead Writing Faculty at MatadorU, where I work with students who want to get their travel stories out into the world.
I’m the only Newfoundland travel writer in the Travel Media Association of Canada. While most of my writing focuses on the more fun side of life, I do also spend a great deal of time talking about Newfoundland, its changing culture, and what “home” means for us here. I’m also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association, and and a founding member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.