University of British Columbia: Social Media and Graphic Design, graduate
College of the Rockies: Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Business Management, graduate
Years of Writing: 25+
Certifications: Whitewater rafting certification (expired); Certificate in Social Media and Graphic Design; Wilderness First Aid (expired); Industrial First Aid (expired)
Awards/Recognitions: still waiting!
Previous Publications: Overland Journal; Expedition Portal; Canadian Geographic; Climbing Magazine; Gripped Magazine; Kootenay Mountain Culture; Mountain Life
How I Got Here:
The first article I ever wrote was published in a small town newspaper; it was about rock climbing and I was in my early twenties. From that point on, I had the confidence (ignorance) to set my sights on becoming a writer. Roughly a decade later, I started an arts, culture, and lifestyle magazine called Reved Quarterly (now defunct), in the gorgeous resort town of Revelstoke, British Columbia. I ran the publication for ten years, selling it to a staff writer in 2015 when I had the incredible opportunity to ride a motorcycle around the world. From 2015-2017, I traveled on a BMW GS through 40 countries and over 55,000 miles. On the road, I was a contributing writer to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. My choice to become a writer paid off—I’ve had hundreds of articles published in legit online and print venues. The only problem was, it didn’t actually pay well. I used to joke I made “tens” of dollars a year.
Switching gears, I used my extensive writing background and connections to pursue an editing career. Here, I found my stride. Although I love writing, my true passion is bringing others’ stories to life. I’ve helped edit books, both fiction and non-fiction, and plenty of articles for online and digital media. Nothing makes me happier, or is more rewarding, than taking a great piece of writing work, and helping the author make it even better. Or, for that matter, a jumbled, messy pile of words barfed all over the page and zeroing in to pull out the golden nuggets.