About Anne

Anne traces her writing career back to age 11, when her parents presented her with a portable Olivetti manual typewriter for her birthday. She's been pounding at a keyboard ever since.

A full-time freelance writer, Anne has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has written for most of Canada’s major magazines and newspapers. Her work has been recognized with awards from both the American and Canadian Church Press, the Canadian Business Press, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, The Canadian Association of Journalists and the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Anne writes the “Spiritual But Secular” monthly column for the United Church Observer, reporting on the spiritual practices of the growing Spiritual-But-Not-Religious (SBNR) demographic. Her blog, “My Year of Living Spiritually” is a year-long experiment in attempting to live a more soulful life.

A member of the Travel Media Association of Canada, Anne is also an accomplished travel writer and has written on everything from travelling on a budget in New York City to the history of the Underground Railroad in Buffalo, the ethics of opening the famous Kingston Penitentiary as a tourism attraction and the tiny and little-known Dutch island of Schiermonikoog.

She enjoys giving speeches to local community groups, women’s organizations and liberal religious groups. She is the founder of the 6-Minute Memoir storytelling event, which brings local writers together to share tales on a theme. Over the past five years this event has raised $15,000 for charity.

Anne spent much of her journalism career at Rogers Media in Toronto before launching her own freelance writing and editing business in 2003. At Rogers, she was editor and associate publisher of Healthy Woman/Santé Femme, a national award-winning women's health publication published in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Previous to this she was editorial director of the company's three award-winning pharmacy publications and was responsible for all aspects of magazine management, including developing a full range of special projects such as a national pharmacy awards program, promotional campaigns, directories, continuing education programs, supplements, and special issues.

Anne lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband Jeff Mahoney, a columnist for The Hamilton Spectator, and their two daughters, Ruby and Lucy.

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