I have completed a collection of short fiction
and started a novel.
Toronto Star Short Story Contest winner: Cardinal.
Wrote six more stories,
mentored by author / scholar John Metcalf,
Humber School for Writers.
Wrote another six stories, completed my collection.
Longlisted in the CBC Short Story Prize: Bodies.
Published by The Temz Review: The Apartment.
Published by Grain Magazine: Stupid.
Nominated for The Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize by Temz for The Apartment.
THOUGHTS ON WRITING:
"the stories came across to me as being —
because you know I read hundreds
of short stories every year —
they came across to me as being the real thing"
— John Metcalf, author of 'The canadian short story'
THE TEMZ REVIEW
Represented by Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency.
Born in Belgrade and brought to Toronto as an infant. Grew up in Scarborough and Pickering; attended the University of Toronto. Graduated from Centennial College for journalism. Earned a graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers — the course offered free admission to the winner of the Toronto Star Short Story Contest. I am grateful for that opportunity.
Currently a freelance journalist — bylines (under my maiden name) include StarMetro, Toronto Star, CBC Docs, Toronto Storeys, The Globe and Mail.
Wandered in and out of various careers before starting fiction. Now living in Scarborough again.
"Restrained use of symbolism elevates this story so that it says something profound about life, and about the choices and connections we make"
The backyard chairs were throne-like. Tom picked them out, something a man is keen to own when he has bought some land and found a woman. Tom, Ellie and Martin sat there, drinking. Martin’s face gleamed in the dim outdoor lighting; his voice was quieter now, but steady.
“A friend?” she asked.
She waited, looking at my face, her eyes growing concerned. “Why did you come here?”