Past Tense – HarperCollins Canada – Spring 2018
Hey Jude – Orca Books - Fall 2020


Vice Magazine Making friends is tough after you leave a cult

Short Stories

Grain Magazine Issue 44.3 – May 2017 – Gramma
Flash Fiction Online – July 2016 – Green on the inside
Five 2 One Magazine – February 2016 – Warm Milk
Leopardskin & Limes – January 2016 – Willow
Found Press – October 2015 – Amako
Necessary Fiction – August 2015 – MUST SPEAK DOVE
Cease, Cows – August 2015 – Before the stars went out
Cheapjack Pulp – June 2015 – Bronwyn’s Aria
Open Pen Magazine – June 2015 – Middle Name
Writers Tribe Review – May 2015 – Thirteen Things
Ginosko Literary Journal – May 2015 – All I know
Red Fez – May 2015 – Mundane Revolution
Zeit-Haus Magazine – May 2015 – Tectonic Heart
The James Franco Review – April 2015 – Name it
The New Urge Anthology – March 2015 – Writing on the wall
Apocrypha & Abstractions – January 2015 – Meat Breath
Maudlin House – January 2015 – Leadership Camp
A cappella Zoo (Issue # 13) – January 2015 – The world of her own making
Sein & Werden – December 2014 – Now we are ten
Empty Mirror – November 2014 – Shine
Flyleaf Journal – November 2014 – How can we ever be better?
Purple Pig Lit – November 2014 – Remembered in the soil
The Quilliad – October 2014 – The Same
Gone Lawn
 – October 2014 – Insomnia
Bitterzoet Magazine
 – October 2014 – The Giver
Apeiron Review 
– September 2014 – Of Gods and Curtains
Klipspringer Magazine 
– September 2014 – Honey & Rye
Close to the Bone, Near to the Knuckle 
– August 2014 – Muriel & Ryan
– May 2014 – Double Stuffed Oreo
Black Treacle
 – April 2014 – Hungry
Grim Corps 
– October 2013 – Dear Agnes


Petrichor Magazine – Green on the Inside


Duke of Ed Awards
Brand Identity Crisis

StickerYou Series Ep. 1
StickerYou Series Ep. 2
StickerYou Proposal
StickerYou Wedding


Runner Up – Conville and Walsh Word of Mouth Prize – Past Tense (Novel)
3rd Place – Jenny Magazine Spec Fic Contest – Space
Short List – Room Magazine Writing Contest – Camels for Freedom
Semifinalist – Raymond Carver Short Story Contest – We all have wings
Long List – CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize – Camels for Freedom
Honorable Mention – Friends of Merril Short Story Contest – The One in Green
Winner of 2013 Fringe Contest – Eden Mills Writer’s Festival – Willow
Canada Writes Bloodlines Contest – Lucky
CBC Prompt Contest – Stuck
CBC Pick of the Day – The song that changed my life


Guest Blog Post (Making Art with Mental Illness) – Real Talk Blog 
Author Interview – Word on the Street
Charles Payseur – Review of ‘Green on the inside’ – 2016
Author Interview – Jenny Magazine
Author Interview – Emerging Writers Series
Contributer – Women in Clothes
Guest blog post at – I Can’t Write YA
Quill & Quire – Photo – 2013
Nolan Liebert – Review of ‘Insomnia’ – 2014

Past Tense Reviews

Quill & QuireCanadian Children’s Book News • Jennie’s Nails and Tales • CM Magazine
National Reading Campaign • Power Librarian • Radio Active Book Reviews
CanLit for Little Canadians • Books and Ladders Instagram Review


CBC Magic 8Word on The Street Blog • Amy’s Travels in Teen Fiction



Globe and Mail Teen Book List • Chapters/Indigo Instagram

• CBC Canadian Teen Summer Reads List


Hey Jude Reviews


Kirkus Starred Review

CM Review



Have you ever felt like you could lose your friends or peers simply for saying or doing the wrong thing?  

Have you ever had anyone promise you a simple answer to a complex life problem, but at a cost?  

Have you ever disagreed with someone and had them make you feel stupid or crazy for questioning their beliefs? 

Whether it's falling completely down the rabbit hole of a high control group or online conspiracy, or just having an encounter that didn’t feel quite right, most of us have experienced psychological manipulation in some way, at some point in our lives.


Psychological Manipulation is the intentional use of manipulative tactics to take advantage of people on a psychological level. These tactics are used to control people’s decision-making processes to gain money, and/or social or political power.  

It’s a big concept, but ultimately simple: there are people out there who want something from you, and they’re willing to use a variety of manipulative tactics to get it.  

By learning about psychological manipulation, you can both inoculate yourself against it and start the vital process of learning to help those you love to escape manipulative situations.

At Antidote, we are working hard to address the problem of psychological manipulation on multiple levels.

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My goal is to never stop learning. I aim to use my knowledge and passion to help those affected by psychological manipulation. 



I am many things...

Author: My fantastical short stories have been published widely, and I have two YA books under my belt. Now I am turning my attention to the real world and working on academic research and writing in philosophy, psychology and the field of psychological manipulation, as well as writing articles, memoir and working on various writing projects for Antidote.


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Student: I am a full-time BA student of philosophy and psychology at the university formerly known as Ryerson in Toronto. Throughout my school career I have put my academic and independent educational focus on the topic of psychological manipulation, and have become a specialist in the field.


Director of Operations: My work with Antidote and Diane Benscoter is a dream come true. At Antidote our mission is to educate about, and work towards solving, the problem of psychological manipulation. As a startup with limited staff I am taking on many roles including project manager, lead writer, researcher and outreach coordinator. After 7 years in a high control group, and 5 years researching and applying my education to the topic, I look forward to helping real people take on this very real, and complicated threat.

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I'm an author, student, Producer for Happy Creations, and the Director of Operations for Antidote. 

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Psychological Manipulation

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