How did you get into your current pursuits of speaking, editing and writing?
After talking my way into a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Zoology at Sydney University in 1978, I got a job at the Australian Museum where I worked as a technical writer, was co-author of three scientific catalogues, and editor of scientific publications. I then took a diploma in book editing and publishing at Macleay College in Sydney and graduated with distinction. Shortly after moving to Canada in 1994, I launched a freelance business in writing and editing, and added speaking and storytelling to the mix.
How important is “WORDS . STORIES . CONVERSATIONS” in what you do?
It took me a while to figure out those things are at the core of everything I do. Whichever pursuits or projects I am involved in, I use words, stories and conversations to connect with people and move them to build bridges within and with each other.
Is it hard to juggle all your many pursuits?
Speaking, editing and writing require very different skills, but they all involve words, stories and conversations. So in many ways, they complement each other. And because I have worn many hats over the years, I am able to bring a variety of skills and experiences to the stage and the page, and use them to tell stories and start conversations.
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How did you get into professional speaking?
What sort of editing is your primary expertise?
I started out doing scientific editing and writing, and began freelancing in proofreading and copyediting. Then when I edited my first book, that changed everything. I now focus on substantive and developmental book editing where I dig deep into the manuscript to help authors tell the best story possible. With 19 published titles to my credit, I am known for working with authors to reveal the truth in the telling and capture the imagination and interest of readers.
When did you start writing?
One of your other pursuits is Up From Down Under. What is that, and is music important to you?
And Corroboree sounds like an interesting project.
Of which groups and associations are you a member?
- Toastmasters International, where I have two Distinguished Toastmaster designations in leadership and communication, the highest educational achievement in that organisation,
- Manitoba Editors’ Association, through which I have connected with some very talented authors and fellow editors,
- Manitoba Association of Playwrights, where writers of all levels are encouraged and celebrated by other playwrights, and
- Manitoba Writers’ Guild, a strong and active resource for writers of all levels.