In a Nutshell…
Roots in the Great Lakes state. Sprouted in Scotland. Cultivated in Newfoundland.
Master of Arts Honours Comparative Literature and English | Master of English
Work in Progress
I grew up in a rural town in the Great Lakes state in America. A curious sort, I was ever lost in my daydreams, trodding the hidden paths of the Misty Mountains alongside Bilbo Baggins, or sitting down to a quiet tea with Mr. Tumnus on a snow-dappled morning. Yet I was hopelessly timid and shy. I yearned to explore the world while burrowing deeper into my creaking leather armchair and books.
It was then that I knew change must come, or adventure flit past like a will-o-wisp: just out of reach and as ephemeral as the air. Tucking my fledgling sense of courage into a suitcase beside the support of two generous parents, I moved away from my quiet little home one September morning to pursue my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
What began as a significant educational opportunity evolved into a windswept love affair. I came to know the crags and the tide pools of the North Sea coast as intimately as I knew myself. Scotland brought me closer to the folk and fairy tales I devoured as a child in new and startling ways, crystallizing my desire to craft stories of the weird and wonderful.
Yet as is life, the plan I cultivated for life after graduation did not come to fruition. I returned home with very little life direction, and after a challenging experience in The Gambia, West Africa, I found myself adrift.
Once, I believed that I could only be happy if I were tucked deep within the ancient Scottish forests, that all of my joy stemmed from hunting for fairies amongst the mossy glens and little rivers. I have since realized that yearning for the past is not an effective way to be fully present in life. Rather, every season of life deserves to be celebrated.
I strive to find the magic dancing amongst life’s soft and slow moments. I am falling in love with the sound of a single chickadee in the early hours before waking and the way the sky swells and softens just before the snowfall. I feel enriched as I curate genuine connections with the people I encounter in my work. Joy walks beside us when we open our hearts to simplicity and fall in love with the moment. If an authentic exploration of life through the magic of storytelling intrigues you, I welcome you with all my heart.
I write of femininity in turmoil, ever-seeking to reconcile its interminable depths for love with its teeth and claws and treacherous, wild heart. My current manuscript explores the experiences of a contemporary young woman, the woman who grapples with notions of identity, the potency of matriarchal influence in the quest for feminine becoming, and the warring desires of ferocity and softness.
My current freelance work portfolio is varied, the challenges of each opportunity engaging my interest in learning new skills. One of my more unique projects involves crafting copy of television program and film synopses for various entertainment streaming services.
My current research interests are diverse, encompassing the adaptation of fairy and folk tales across storytelling mediums, traditional Scottish literature, maritime fiction, and YA fiction for girls. My undergraduate dissertation investigated the phenomenon of reverse reception in the adaptation of The Princess Bride from page to screen. I have also been known to dabble in swashbuckling adventure tales.
Ever since I was young, I have always dreamed of being as adventuresome as Indiana Jones. I have since called four different countries home despite my scant twenty-seven years. Cultivating meaningful, authentic cross-cultural relationships remains a significant personal priority. I am always thankful for any opportunity that arises abroad.
“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Let’s make something beautiful together