I write book club fiction about all sorts of relationships with themes of class, power/privilege, racism, religion/faith, feminism. And of course, sisters. Always sisters.

“Let us tend to the stories that are in us. Let us let go of the stories other people tell themselves.” – Thea Lim


a little about me:

I spent my childhood with my nose in a book. I remember reading at picnics, in the car, late at night until I had a headache.

In my early twenties, my aunt, a librarian, messaged to say our local library was selling off loads of their old books. In the boxes of books I acquired, I discovered my name on every check-out card from years before.

As an adult, my love for stories hasn’t waned, but now I write them too.

I have a master’s in labour studies from McMaster University and a bachelor’s in photojournalism and writing from Western Kentucky University. During my adulting hours, I’m a professor of photography/design and run a media company with my husband. When I’m not writing or working, you can find me drinking wine while chasing after my sassy son or equally sassy chickens.


team Petah.

em dash overuser.


I grew up in Kentucky and live in Canada. In between the two, I’ve lived in Indiana, Michigan, Hawaii, South Africa, Washington D.C., Texas, and Panama.

If I were stuck on a deserted island and could only watch one show for the rest of my life…

I honestly don’t know if I’d choose
The Office or Parks and Rec.

It’s the question that won’t go away.

*some* of my favourite books:

Beartown/Us Against You – Fredrick Backman

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

The Push – Ashley Audrain

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

Educated – Tara Westover

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews

A Woman Is No Man – Etaf Rum

The Office of Historical Corrections – Danielle Evans

a *few* more of my fave reads:

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

The Paris Wife – Paula Mclain

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Commonwealth – Ann Patchett

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 

Valentine – Elizabeth Wetmore

Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

The Clay Girl – Heather Tucker

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

– Annie Dillard