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ABOUT ME

I have a Canadian father, an American mother, and the soul of a 90’s Britpop band.

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Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, I somehow wound up back here after spending time in Utah, Toronto, Edmonton, and London (England…not Ontario…which I’m sure is also lovely).

Approximately one million years ago, I got my BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting/Directing. This has led to some very odd jobs. Here’s a taste of what I’ve done/been:

  • Mattel sponsored Barbie impersonator and (life-sized) Polly Pocket impersonator
  • mascot for Nestlé ice cream (I wore a cow costume)
  • extra in movies (the back of my head is in Mean Girls!) and television shows (I once got paid to flirt with the “Whoa!” guy from Blossom!).

Most recently, I’ve worked as a playwright, freelance grant writer for various non-profit organizations, and contributed articles to HelloGiggles and xoJane.

As for my personal life, I’ve been married for nearly twelve years now to a dude who went to my elementary school. We fell in love when we were reunited a decade later. We have two kids, a seven and a five-year old, who are both brilliantly weird and awesome.

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Believe it or not, these are the three people I love most. I like to keep them in a pile like that. They’re easier to keep track of.

 

ABOUT MY BOOK

A while back I read this Rolling Stone article about hobbyist, Ben Schlappig.  When I learned about this subculture of whip-smart people who have figured out how to leverage airline points systems to perpetually fly for free, I knew I had to write a character who did that. And I wanted that character to be a teenage girl.

A bit more background on the book: in grade nine, I nearly flunked out of school due to social issues and depression. My school guidance counsellor intervened and saved me. This book is a tribute to that guidance counsellor and to those of us who struggle just a little more to protect our hearts while maintaining relationships and a normal life.

I like to think of my book as what would happen if Douglas Coupland and Rainbow Rowell (two of my favourite writers) co-wrote a YA version of Up in the Air. It is my ambition to tackle universal struggles, like aching loneliness, with wit and heart.

Here’s a little more info:

Florence is a seventeen-year old member of an ambitious and cunning subculture of frequent flyers who have learned how to leverage airline points systems for their ultimate benefit. The most elite hobbyists spend their days perpetually flying first class for free, a dream Florence has been working towards for years. After learning of a merger between a small airline and one of the big kahunas, she sees a shortcut to becoming an elite hobbyist in six weeks.

 When her school’s guidance counselor grows wise to Florence’s unexcused absences that are rising along with her airline points, the guidance counselor threatens action. To complicate matters further, Florence’s dad is trying to foist a college degree and his business on her so he can retire. Oh, and she keeps spotting her mom in the bushes with some Captain Jack Sparrow look-a-like.

 And then there’s Sam. That cute-in-a-weird way classical pianist who works at the airport bakery that she can’t seem to stop herself from falling for.

 Florence’s perfect first class life is the salve for every one of her anxieties and problems, and it is within her grasp. If only the people she loves will stop trying to pull her feet back down to the ground.

 

WHY PICK ME

I am ambitious and a hard worker. I have a sense of humour and a desire to find a way to laugh through struggles instead of giving into them. I want you to give me the tough criticism that will bring out the best in my book. While I reserve the right to secretly weep a little if the criticism hurts my feelings, I promise to do the work required and maintain a positive and grateful attitude throughout the whole Pitch Wars process.

This is the third manuscript I’ve completed. It feels like I am so close to getting an agent and I need someone to help me bridge that gap.

Also, I think this book has the potential to be GREAT.

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MY FAVORITES (or “FAVOURITES”)

Books:

YA – The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, Everything Everything, Dumplin’, You Know Me Well, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Eleanor & Park

A – Attachments, Hey Nostradamus!, Miss Wyoming, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Station Eleven, About a Boy, An Object of Beauty

Non-Fiction – Shrill, Bad Feminist, Bossypants, Sick in the Head, Why Not Me?

Movies: Amelié, Moulin Rouge, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Crazy Stupid Love, Grease 2

TV: Sherlock, New Girl, Chopped, Broadchurch, House of Cards, Community, Luther, The Fall, Brooklyn 99, The Carol Burnett Show

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