photo by John Sharp
I am a French-speaking Canadian author born and raised in Penetanguishene, (Ontario, Canada) a small community 160 km north of Toronto near Lafontaine where I reside. In my 35 years as a freelance writer, I have published, in French, 15 novels (11 young adult novels and 4 for the general public), short stories, and historical works. I have also written the screenplay of a feature film, La Sacrée (Holy Brew in the English subtitled version) produced in Canada in 2011.
LITERARY AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Françoise-Lepage children’s literature prize, April 2013, for the novel, Les guerriers de l’eau.
- Trillium Award for children’s literature, June 2011, awarded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, for the novel La première guerre de Toronto.
- Émile-Ollivier prize, 2009, awarded by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française du Québec, for the novel L’eau de vie (Uisge beatha), which was also short-listed for the Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada 2009, and the Trillium award.
- Cécile-Rouleau prize, 1989, for the unpublished manuscript of the novel Le secret de l’île Beausoleil awarded by the Association canadienne des éducateurs de langue française.
- Participating author at various literary events/readings: Trillium winner readings in Ottawa (March 2011), Salon du livre international de Québec (April 2009 and 2008), Salon du livre de l’Outaouais, guest of honour (March 2008), Salon du livre de Sudbury (May 2008), The Winnipeg Thin Air/Foyer des écrivains writers’ festival (September 2008), the Festival du roman historique de la Médiathèque maskoutaine in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec (October 2008).
- A 26-minute television adaptation of my novel, Le pari des Maple Leafs, aired in November 2002 on Tfo as part of the Télé Litté series produced by les Productions Médiatique.