I am a freelance writer and naturalist with too many interests and not enough time.
I have a B.Sc.H in Zoology from the University of Guelph and formal training in ornithology, but when I discovered a career in birds meant getting up before dawn every day, I decided my plans needed revisiting. Moths and writing were a natural fit – both catered to my lazy side and night owl tendencies. (Bonus: they’re both a lot of fun.)
I am now the co-author of two Peterson Field Guides to moths, covering northeastern and southeastern North America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 and 2018). I also write Young Adult fiction, with an eye to publication.
When I’m not working on books, I am a full-time mom to two small and energetic kids. I am also lead coordinator of WriteOnCon, an online conference for children’s writers. Sometimes I put my university degree to use and do actual biology work. But not that often.
I also love reading (YA, of course), hiking (stroller-friendly trails preferred these days), gardening (the growing part, not the weeding), iNaturalist (I’m always woefully behind), tea (rooibos), iced capps (Tim Hortons), and chocolate (dark). And moths, of course.
I live on a small rural property west of Ottawa, Ontario, with my husband and two children, three cats, a dog and some fish. Plus many ladybugs, several cellar spiders, a handful of paper wasps, a small number of brown bats, two Red Squirrel families, and a family of mice. And that’s just who’s in the house.
Find me online:
I have other social media accounts as well, but rarely use them anymore. Something had to go once kids arrived.
Or you can contact me directly here.