Like so many writers, I am also a journalist. After finishing a journalism degree in 1993 in Nova Scotia, Canada, I left to work as a freelancer and stringer based in Budapest, Hungary. There I wrote most notably for the British-based Economist Group, but I also did a fair amount of local reporting on the changing face of post-communist Hungary. Then, in the late 1990s, I moved to New York and worked as an editor on Wall Street. I didn’t like that nearly as much as journalism—but I did get an insider’s look at the wacky and distorted workings of the international financial industry. I left New York in 2000, thankfully before 9/11, and moved back to Canada, where I was once again a freelance broadcaster and writer (for such outlets as the CBC and the Toronto Star). There I did stories mostly on social, societal issues like addiction or autism. My CBC story on autism, a two-hour series called “The Dark End of the Spectrum”, is an international award-winning documentary. A few years ago my life took a dramatic turn when my husband and I moved back to Nova Scotia to lend a hand to my cancer-survivor mom after my dad died. So, besides writing, that’s what I do now. I always knew I would write novels, but I had to search to find my own style. I have a certain realistic and practical directness that seemed to be at odds with a strong attraction to magic realism and flights of fancy. Eventually figured it out—and the result is my first novel, “White Night”.