Elizabeth Rains, author of Demon in My Blood, teaches editing at Simon Fraser University. Her writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the Globe and Mail, the Coast Reporter, and dozens of magazines. Elizabeth shares news and opinions in her blog, Rains on the Coast. She lives near a beach where herons roost, on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
"Writing is like talking. It’s about explaining what you know to other people. The main difference between writing and talking is that talking uses gestures and inflection to create clarity, while clear writing depends on plain language and specificity.
"You needn't be an accomplished communicator to succeed as a writer. Compelling content and a skillful editor will do the trick."