As the author of two memoirs, I have spoken about my unusual life story at a TEDx talk, a high school program for underprivileged students, and a men’s prison, to name a few audiences. I have also taught memoir writing at Vancouver’s Capilano University and, in 2017, served as the writer-in-residence for the Creative Nonfiction MFA course at University of Kings College in Halifax.
If anyone who knew me were to describe me with one word, it would likely be driven. Born to a sixteen-year-old single mother, I sensed her struggles with parenting me early on. At the tender age of six, I started formulating a plan about how to escape the craziness and instability of my counterculture life in the wilderness. This led me to launch a modelling career at the age of thirteen; by fourteen I was living in New York by myself, and at fifteen in Paris. My career allowed me to reside in Europe for a decade and visit five continents. After settling in Vancouver in 1999, I started a line of swimwear that was worn by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria and Kate Hudson. I am now blessed to have a wonderful husband and three amazing children. When I’m not writing or managing my kids, I love to go to amusement parks, play cards and board games, read books of all kinds, watch horror movies, and hold dinner parties. I also write romance under the pen name Taryn Belle; my first book is being published by Harlequin in October 2019.
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