Author has written 11 stories for Office, Sue Thomas: FB Eye, Twin Peaks, Law and Order: SVU, Mad Men, and Fringe.
Age: Well... I was born on May 29, 1985... you can all do math, right? ;)
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta -- The City of Champions (and no, I don't just mean Gretzky...)
General Info: I have my BEd in Secondary English Language Arts/Art instruction, and a BA in English Literature/Philosophy, with an accidental third concentration in Art History (long story -- suffice it to say the History of Art & Design folks need to get their act together before they tell people they can minor in a subject area for which courses haven't yet been developed!), both from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I am currently loving my chosen career path, as I have recently fallen into a position as a preschool teacher, of all things, in a small school focusing on assisting families of Deaf or hard-of-hearing children. I love writing (duh!) and have been doing so for most of my life. I am self-taught on piano, guitar, and have had professional instruction on the flute, speak a little Spanish, French, am halfways fluent in ASL, and am an amateur photographer as well. I've been writing fanfic for a long time now but most of my earlier stuff is Beatles fan fiction.
My Writing Philosophy: My stories tend to write themselves. I have scenes in my head that eventually become longer, more sophisticated works as I stitch them together. I write very loosely, and I would say I'm a very stream of consciousness type of writer. I've gotten very good at turning off my internal editor, making me able to write freely for hours at a time. But I stumble, and hit writer's blocks (as we all do) and so during those moments, my Bible is a little tome called "Room to Write" by Bonni Goldberg and my hymn book is my iTunes library. I am very inspired by music I hear and play, so many musical themes are found littered throughout my work. I loathe grammatical and typing errors (especially if I'm the one who has made them!), because while one or two are forgivable, a story littered with these mistakes becomes absolutely unreadable to me. It's so distracting. So I try and edit my stories very carefully. I prefer writing in third-person, limited or omniscient (depending on what the story needs), but if I feel capable to getting inside my character's head, then I really enjoy writing first-person. For fun, I sometimes write in second-person, but a lot of the time those stories end up sounding like Choose Your Own Adventures so it's rare.
Favourite Authors: My husband, Aidan. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe, Jasper Fforde, Douglas Coupland, Salman Rushdie, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchins. Plus all my listed faves here on ff.net.
Favourite Movies: My absolute, all-time, hands down, favourite film ever is "City Lights" starring Charlie Chaplin. I like so many movies it would be futile to try and list them all here; I pretty much adore most rom/coms and dramas, some thrillers and comedies. But it has to be witty and smart, no matter what it is.
Favourite Music: The Beatles... but my iTunes library has thousands of songs on it ranging from Tupac to Mozart.
Favourite TV Shows: The Office, Arrested Development, The Sopranos, Family Guy, The Colbert Report, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, The West Wing, Star Trek: The Next Generation, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Community, 30 Rock, Mad Men, X-Files, Twin Peaks...
Anything else you want to know, PM me! :)
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