About Alex

I’m a reader, a writer, an editor, a speaker and a teacher. My favourite Sunday involves drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. And then maybe a magazine. And then maybe a novel. Throw some hiking in there for good measure.

I write reports, stories, books, articles and web content, and all kinds of other things that people read. I love keeping a balance between writing for other people and organizations (business and magazine writing), and writing for myself (books). I always wanted to be an author when I grew up, and I feel pretty lucky that I’ve been able to make that happen. (All it took was work, really.) Before I started writing books, I worked as a camp counsellor and then as a middle-school teacher.

My first book was published in 2010. My thirteenth came out in the spring of 2017. For now, I’m taking a breather from writing books so I can focus more on reaching out to students in schools with my speaking engagements. But don’t worry: there will be more to come!

I travel far and wide across this amazing land, visiting schools and talking to students about the subjects of my books. My main areas of focus when I’m talking with audiences are:

  • anxiety and mental health;
  • social media and digital citizenship; and
  • biodiversity and invasive species.

If you’d like to bring me to your school to speak with your students, please visit my speaking page.

If you’d like to work with me for a writing project (e.g. annual reports, business plans, stories, etc.), please head this way.

If you want to know what I’m thinking about, find me on Twitter.

CBC Radio interview for Aliens Among Us

Catch me chatting about alien species with Sheryl Mackay of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest (September 26, 2015). Segment begins at 46:28.

CFAX 1070 interview for Aliens Among Us

This is cool! Listen as Bruce Williams of CFAX 1070 and I talk aliens on Cafe Victoria (August 22, 2015). Segment begins at 6:25.