When I was a child, I spent my summer holidays by the swamp catching tadpoles and other creepy critters or running after wild animals. I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. But destiny turned my life around – I moved to Italy where I obtained my BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management.
I’m a Canadian children’s book author/illustrator residing in Italy. I am an SCBWI, CBI, CANSCAIP member, and a graduate of the Children’s Book Academy and have taken other picture book and illustrating courses.
Clear Fork will be publishing my debut Picture Book ‘Jurassic Rat’ in 2019 and will be illustrated by John Seckman.
Here’s the longer biography.
I love nature and its secrets. You’ll often find me in the woods holding a basket full of herbs, admiring the trees, flowers or the blue sky, and listening to all creatures.
I love adventure. If I find a cave, I want to explore it. I love visiting castles and underground passages. I know, they may seem creepy, but as soon as the tour guide turns the other way, I’m gone, heading for the secret passages.
I have a lot of hobbies.
- Horseback riding,
- Scuba diving,
And of course, writing books for children.
I’ve been writing for ten years. Not being able to personally attend workshops, I bought many books on creative writing and participated in online courses trying to hone my craft. It has been a long journey.
As for illustrating, I’ve been doodling since I was six years old. I took many art classes in the past 30 years – I attended community center night classes, bought a bunch of books, DVD’s and surfed the web for ‘How to’ demonstrations on YouTube.
The best course I virtually attended, and that was the most formative, was CBA’s ‘Illustrating for Kids’ class.
I have experimented with different art techniques and mediums. My favorite mediums are acrylics.
If you’re not bored yet, I’ll let you know a little more about ME.
I was born in Ottawa, Canada on Christmas Day. I lived with a French family with my two sisters.
Me at age four, with my dog Curly.
My mom was a lone parent and couldn’t take care of us. We moved in with our mom when we were much older.
At the age of sixteen, I had finished high school. I had skipped a few years; I guess I was a bright little girl.
My high school counselor suggested I continue my studies, but the university counselor thought I was too young to attend and suggested I go to college. We couldn’t afford college at the time. Therefore, my dream vanished of becoming a veterinarian.
I moved out when I was sixteen.
I rented a bachelors apartment, 400 kilometers from home, owned by a Vet. On weekends I would help him out in the clinic. It was like a dream come true.
I worked at a clothing store at the time, and when they had their yearly fashion show, they asked me to be a model.
Then I found a better-paid job in an Italian run business, in the sales and purchasing department, where I eventually met my Italian husband. I attended night classes in college – C.E.G.E.P. in Three Rivers – Québec, in accounting to further my career in the company.
We got married on a snowy day in November 1980 and then moved to Italy. That was a long time ago.
My hubby and I at a wedding.
In 1982 I had my first child, a girl. My little boy was born in 1986. I had more time then and sowed their clothes. In the pic on the right, I made their carnival outfits. On the left, my firstborn.
For twenty years I helped out at the family-run bakery. Then my hubby became allergic to flour, ironic, isn’t it? So, we opened a computer shop when there was the big boom in computer technology. Now we have a family run machine shop.
Oh! I’m a grandma of a beautiful two-year-old boy..
This is about it folks.