I’m a product of a large family and private schools run by nuns, except for elementary school … and I survived both. Born in Quebec City, I have lived in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, the gateway to the West, just briefly.
Got a bike at three and have been on a saddle ever since – can’t wait to ride my new Epic Carbon Specialized in the spring. I love cars – owned all German, the Beetle is still my favourite. Best sports’ memories - rallying with Billy Jean King before her last Wimbledon win, and reaching the semi-final of the Quebec Open. The Expos, Habs, Als and tennis.
Favourite authors – Nuala O’Faolain, Jonathan Franzen, Stieg Larsson, but my preferences change. I have a keen interest in crime. With four brothers and three sisters, thoughts of murder didn’t seem so outrageous in our youth. I like the wind in my face, the challenge of a hill on my bike, jazz and sad songs, ‘Life is Good’ T-Shirts, Nike Air Max sneakers, Miami and red licorice.
I’m a free spirit…
I have an M.A. in English and taught in Quebec’s English-speaking secondary schools. I’ve published five novels, a memoir, and numerous articles. My work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, (Toronto), read on the Canadian Broadcasting Networks, First Person Singular, Radio One, CBC Montreal, as well as radio station CJAD, and television channels CTV and Global TV. It also appears in the anthology Conscious Women, Conscious Lives, White Knight Publications, 2004, 2005. continued on next page.
Sheila’s Take (Shoreline Press, 2003) was a critically acclaimed memoir featured twice on the Montreal Gazette’s bestseller list. Of the five mystery novels, The Sands Motel, (2004), Cutting Corners, (2005), An Easy Mark (2006) and The Wrong Move (2007,) two have been bestsellers. The Dead Ringer was launched in May, 2010. ‘The Red Floor’ was published by Véhicule Press in May, 2011.