Genevieve first discovered her love of writing back when she would send letters home from summer camp. She would find herself lost in the scenery and language, and while her campmates sent less than a paragraph on a postcard, she sent seven-page narratives describing everything from the weather to the cute boy that was slowly stealing her heart. And so it happened, right there, under a canvas tent in the woods, a writer was born.
Her love of words followed her around in the form of books everywhere she went: from Harriet the Spy in her grade four English class to late nights in university reading The Pilot’s Wife and White Oleander.
But she didn’t start writing more extensively until her mid-twenties, when she became a professional photographer and felt strongly compelled to tell the stories of her clients through the written word alongside their images. This season in her professional life taught her the magic that comes with sharing stories.
In 2015, Gen took some time from her photography business to devote to her own writing and ended up publishing her first memoir, Her Own Wild Winds, in September of 2016, which was a lesson in taking her storytelling skills inward and allowing herself to be the hero for the first time. The publication of her book opened a door not only to a variety of exciting writing opportunities but also to the creation of an online community that shares her belief in vulnerability and the transformative power of storytelling.
In 2019, Gen released Solace: A Journal of Human Experience, her second book, which is a mix of her photography and creative essays spanning the course of a year. Solace
found its way onto the Amazon #1 Bestseller list in three different categories and, four months after its publication, was named 2020 Book of Year for the Ottawa FACES Magazine Awards.
Both her photography and her writing has also been featured in publications such The Good Mother Project, Oprah.com, Simplify Magazine, Her View from Home, Weddingbells magazine, Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project.
Gen is now an executive editor with Round Table Companies, where she specializes in brand storytelling and the Story Hero curriculum. She is also a credited coauthor on the new release from Conscious Capitalism Press, Gathering around the Table, with Kari Warberg Block, CEO of EarthKind. Gen has a bachelor of arts focusing on marketing and communications from the University of Ottawa and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two children, and their rambunctious British retriever.
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