How I got to be a word boss

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved the smell of crayons and made little books out of construction paper. Writing has always been my “thing”. You know those nerdy people who read Shakespeare for fun? That’s me.

I started writing poetry and short stories as a kid and got really serious about my fiction in my twenties. By that time I was married, had two young daughters, and was basically climbing the walls wanting some alone time. So I applied to be a freelance writer for the Owen Sound Sun Times, the big newspaper in my area. With a population of only 20,000, Owen Sound, Ontario was just a small town, but they were the biggest gig around.

The editor  gave me the job based on my short story samples and like that I started covering court news, local events and anything interesting in Hanover, where I lived at the time. My first assignment: writing about the big homecoming extravaganza, a big weekend-long event. It was my job to visit the BBQ, the parade, the book fair –anything on the agenda–and write an article about it. Oh, and take pictures too.

The only problem? I had no clue how to write for a newspaper. So I did what any intrepid reporter would do–I read the paper and dissected a few articles. I figured out  how to present the information in the classic inverted pyramid style and ran with it. I must have done okay because my article ran with only a couple edits.

And so, Lois Lane was born. Sort of.

Fast forward a couple years and I’m divorced and looking for a full-time job. With newspaper tear sheets in hand, I got a communications role at a meat-packing association in Guelph, Ontario where I wrote the member newsletter and all the marketing materials .

This quickly lead me to marketing roles in Waterloo, Ontario, the Silicon Valley of Canada, where I worked for several high tech companies, including a laser technology firm and a metrology company (psst…metrology is the science of measurement).  I landed in financial services where I eventually worked as a marketing communications specialist for two major insurance companies.

And here I am today, all freelance and fancy free and ready to write some kick ass content marketing/storytelling miracles for you.

I’m located near London, Ontario and work with clients in both Canada and the United States, typically without needing to meet the client in person. Although I do love sushi and won’t say no if you’d like to get together to discuss your project over a meal.

Give me a call/text at 226-201-0790 or send me a message below to get started.