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.