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I donít think you choose to be a writer, you are one from the moment you pick up your first pencil as a child.
My childhood, which was passed in a small town in southern Ontario, a short distance from Niagara Falls, was chiefly memorable for phases of compulsive story-writing and a love of ponies. My mother was Canadian of Scottish and Irish ancestry; my father was English, an ex-RAF flyer who emigrated to Canada at the close of World War II.
My earliest experience of the theatre was the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canadaís premiere theatrical venues, which I attended each year with my mother and sister. After sleep-walking my way through the most stultifying of small-town high school educations, I took a course in broadcasting at Humber College, Toronto, and freelanced as a scriptwriter at CKFM Radio in Toronto until moving to England Ė my Dadís country. Various odd jobs in London, including working for the now long-defunct TWA, led to 13 years in the book trade, working as an editor and editorial manager. Iím now a writer-for-hire. In recent years Iíve written feature articles (see examples under Links), but primarily focused on writing screenplays and stage plays, one of which, The All-Seeing Eye, won The New Writers Festival at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London, in 2007.
Since that time I have set myself up as a producer, The Persistent Playwright, and I now have a growing company of loyal, wonderful and fearless actors, who aren't afraid to perform in beautiful but unconventional venues such as Strawberry Hill, a Gothic Grade 1 Listed heritage property, where we have had three productions.
Iím based in south-west London, where I live with my husband and our quirky but endearing cats.