About Me


I was born in 1970 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. 

In 1991 I graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in English and spent the next ten years at a number of pursuits: living in a cabin in Nova Scotia, slopping coffee in Vancouver, getting qualified as a teacher in Montreal (specialising in English as a second language), teaching business English in Toronto, and writing plays – my second effort won a student playwriting contest.

In 2001 I went to Tokyo for what was supposed to be one year of teaching and stayed for four. During my second year in Japan I met an Irish journalist who was in town for the 2002 Soccer World Cup.

Three years later we got married and moved to Ireland where I started writing prose. In November, 2011, I completed a Master's of Philosophy in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin.

My first novel, Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, was published in 2013 and nominated for the Savage First Book Award at the Atlantic Book Awards 2014 and the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award that same year. In 2015 it made the American Library Association's Rainbow List for LGBT-themed YA or children's books as a top ten choice.

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"...astonishingly good....a juicy coming-of-age story...also an important read." The Globe and Mail

"...poignant...heart-wrenching. This stunning debut will surely appeal to both teenage readers and adults." Quill & Quire, starred review

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