I studied French and German at McGill University in Montreal, graduating with first-class joint honours and winning the Swiss Ambassador’s Prize for German. Thanks to a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service), I also spent a semester studying Weimar literature and contemporary philosophy at the University of Regensburg.
After university I went into the insurance and investment business where I worked as a salesman, financial writer, and book editor. I used to be a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), but after about fifteen years in the industry (which is the same amount of time one would spend in prison for second-degree murder, served without the satisfaction of having killed someone) I decided to give up my licences and return to the subjects that have always appealed to me, namely language and literature.
I still do some freelance journalism and ghost writing but now spend much of my time translating, working from French and German into English. This occupation suits my temperament, and I enjoy the autonomy and variety.