If you're on this page, chances are I've sent you a link because we're thinking of doing some work together. Thanks for stopping by! While my website is dedicated to my fiction career, I have a whole other life as a marketing communications specialist, lead developer and freelance writer/editor/proofreader. 

You see, once upon a time I was a copywriter. I won awards, so I suppose that means I was a pretty good copywriter. I've always been handy with words, and I've consistently broadened my skill set so that I could do more than write. Instead of hiring someone to upload web copy, I learned how to use site builders. I took my journalist training in TV and Radio and used it to make corporate videos and voice overs. And, above all, I just kept working toward my lifelong goal of writing novels. 

I left the corporate world in 2013, and I'm now a full-time author.

I'll be honest. Writing fiction is my passion. But I still enjoy helping others. It helps focus my creative energy. From writing and editing, to developing marketing strategies (especially lead generation!), I'm always looking for touchstones with my former world. 

If you're interested in talking, please feel free to contact me. 


Employment History

USA Today Bestselling Author

Ongoing

Self-published author of romance novels based in Newfoundland. I view my writing career as a small business, where I am responsible for all avenues of success. Marketing, editing, proof reading, design, sales and promotion, accounting and of course, writing. 

Freelance work

Ongoing

My clients prefer to remain anonymous, but I write blogs, edit manuscripts, and develop marketing content for a small group of clients that I enjoy working with while focusing on my fiction. 

Verafin

Copywriter, 2009 - 2013

Created web copy, brochure copy, marketing emails, presentations, webinars, videos, and other marketing communications materials specific to the following industries and topics: banking, software, artificial intelligence, financial crime detection, fraud schemes, and money laundering. Also worked on lead generation strategies and content designed to move leads through the buying process. Editing and proofreading skills a must. 

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Copywriter/Web Editor, 2007 - 2009

Trained users on how to use CMS systems, wrote and posted web copy, and worked as a copywriter for the Marketing Communications department, including award winning copywriting for the annual President's Report, and Research Reports. Also wrote radio ads, print ads, and recruitment ads. Editing and proofreading skills a must. 

M5 Marketing Communications

Copywriter, 1999 - 2002

Copywriter for major advertising campaigns including radio, television and print. Clients included Tourism New Brunswick and General Motors. Also proofread English and French ad materials. 

NTV

Photojournalist, 1998 - 1999

Television reporter for local news station. Duties included news gathering, writing, filing and on-air delivery.

VOCM Radio

Reporter, 1992 - 1996

Radio reporter for local news station. Duties included news gathering, writing, filing and on-air delivery.


Education

Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

MA (History)

Memorial University, Newfoundland

BA Hons. (History)

Ryerson University,Ontario

Journalism


Relevant Skills

- Social media marketing including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Vine

- WYSIWYG web development, content and design matenance, most recently with Squarespace templates. Examples include: http://victoriabarbour.com and http://chessfishandchips.ca

- Digitial epub creation and sales via all major online retailers (Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, etc.)