Philippa Dowding has worked at the craft of writing since her childhood. She wrote her first book when she was nine, and has made her living from words ever since.

At university she studied English Language and Literature, first at the University of Western Ontario, then at the University of Toronto, where she earned a Master of Arts degree, and began a career in publishing.

She worked as Senior Copywriter and Creative Manager for Rogers Publishing. In 2000, she struck out on her own as a freelance copywriter, a job she still enjoys. Her many clients include magazine publishers, fundraisers, advertising agencies, NGOs, movie producers, website owners and others.

She has won industry awards for magazines as varied as Macleans, ChatelaineToday’s Parent , Canada’s Historyand Zoomer. Her poetry has appeared in The Adirondack ReviewThe Literary Review of Canada and other journals. Her children’s books in the Lost Gargoyle Series have been recommended by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, CM Magazine and trade journals. They have been nominated for the SYRCA Diamond Willow and OLA Silver Birch Express 2012 Awards. Philippa lives in Toronto with her family.

Paul sat down with Philippa and talked about writing, young adult novels, music, and of course, gargoyles.

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Philippa on Twitter: @phdowding.

Philippa’s Soundcloud page where you can hear excerpts from her books and her music:

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