I was born in Germany ... grew up in northern B.C. in a tiny place called Chetwynd, 200 miles north of Prince George. After studying Education at UBC, I taught school on the north coast and in the Arctic, then moved to Vancouver Island in the early eighties. I studied creative writing and publishing at Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University). I worked at Oolichan Books for ten years; then founded my own publishing house, Leaf Press, in 2001.

I love wilderness camping and kayaking, have a passion for the west coast — the summer of 2005 I kayaked with a group from Port Hardy to Zeballos, including the dreaded Capes Cook and Scott. In 1997 I paddled by Coast Salish canoe from Hazelton to Victoria as part of Roy Henry Vickers' Vision Quest to raise addictions awareness and funds to build an all-nations recovery centre. Through these and other experiences I've learned the power of the arduous journey as a metaphor for self-growth. In truth, all journeys do lead to the interior.