I’m a writer, teacher, and storyteller. If you want to know me better, please read on. And in case you aren’t sure sometimes, yes, I’m totally blind. And most of the photos you will see here I took with my IPhone.
While Blogging and writing fiction are a big part of my life, I have a day job—teaching children’s and young adult books at a university. As a scholar, my main interests are C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling. I’ve written on Rowling and L. M. Montgomery, and I’ve made presentations on all of these authors at conferences, including the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute (LMMI) conference in Charlottetown and the Annual Children’s Literature Association conference (ChLA).
I’ve even spoken at a Harry Potter Con in San Francisco, which is a story unto itself. By far my favourite chance to speak was to The Last Alliance: The University of Alberta Tolkien Society. Nothing like being able to talk to fellow lovers of Tolkien.
As a storyteller, I have told at schools and community events, as well as major festivals in Canada, such as the Edmonton Storytelling Festival and the Yukon International Storytelling Festival.
I am available for school visits and other talks, and I welcome your inquiries and feedback. While I mostly tell stories or speak on kid’s books, I also speak about my own experience as a blind person navigating a sighted world.
You can reach me through the Contact form on the main page. I look forward to hearing from you. And remember, give the gift of story where ever you go.