I have always enjoyed writing, ever since I learned to string words together to tell a story. Like many young writers, I chose a “safer” career path to begin with and worked in TV production, and then in corporate communications. But writing has always been part of my life, and eventually working with words became my career.
I love to learn, so writing, editing, and proofreading non-fiction has given me a great excuse to learn more about a wide variety of subjects, people, and places. I’m not intimidated by unusual or complex subject matter. I studied editing and proofreading through a polytechnic and I am an active member of the Canadian Freelance Guild (an association for creative professionals) and the Editor's Association of Canada.
I also have several years of experience as a corporate communications specialist. I've worked for large firms, non-profit organizations, and Crown agencies in this capacity. I have tackled everything from media relations to internal and stakeholder communications.
I'm a published author of non-fiction books on several different subjects. I love the way that writing a book allows me to thoroughly explore a topic and get readers excited about it.
My home base is in Toronto, Canada, but I spent seven years living in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Living in another country was an excellent way to gain perspective. It has enabled me to see different points of view, and to realize that I can never make assumptions about what is “normal” or “common knowledge” to others. This has been a great help in my work.
I work from my home office, accompanied by my two wonderful rescue dogs. (I don’t let them help with the work, but they do provide moral support.) My interests include camping and hiking, cooking and baking, fitness and nutrition, and travel.
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What are people saying about Michelle?
Michelle is an excellent copy editor, one of our best. Her work is consistently of very high quality. She meets all her deadlines, and she communicates well with authors. I recommend her highly!
Michelle works with a precision, focus and clarity that are immediately recognizable in her work. Her service commitment is such that you can set your watch by her.
Michelle was an excellent and responsive writer to work with in all respects. I'd highly recommend Michelle for any writing projects and would definitely work with her again.
Her writing and editing skills are high quality; due to broad experience, she can calmly tackle any project or situation, and she has a keen eye for detail that enables her to predict and prevent potential issues.
Michelle was a joy to work with, responsive to feedback, and dependable. I would work with her again in a heartbeat, and hope to do so.