Was born in Edmonton, Alberta on April 5, 1957, lived on the Canadian prairie throughout her childhood and youth. She attended Grant MacEwan Community College as a student of modern dance. There she received her first exposure to jazz. In April of 1979, she was waitressing at the Mayflower Restaurant in Edmonton in support of the Railtown Jazz Society’s sponsorship of a Bill Evans concert. One thing led to another and soon she was in New York. She spent the next year and a half as Evans’ muse during the most creative period of his career, and kept journals during that time. Her book The Big Love/Life and Death with Bill Evans is lovingly drawn from these journals and the memory of her first love. The ultimate coming of age memoir The Big Love chronicles her journey into the underworld of the New York jazz scene and her awakening into love, sex, drugs, jazz, spiritual enlightenment and death.