Introducing Nancy A. Locke!
Writing can be credited for most of Nancy’s career and life choices. Over the years, she has worked in film, public relations and legal. Nominally a production coordinator, administrative assistant or executive secretary, she has been always been the unofficial go-to grammar geek and ambulatory thesaurus. She is now officially a professional writer, translator, teacher and public speaker.
Her professional writing career started in 2000. After years of writing fiction and sometimes publishing in the U.S. small press in exchange for contributors’ copies, she changed gears and began to write a column on language matters for Suite101, one of the first “guru” sites and one of the few sites that actually had editorial oversight.
Her column attracted the attention of Multilingual, a print and on-line language industry magazine now distributed in 87 countries. From 2007 to 2009, she served on the magazine’s editorial board. The experience and visibility she gained writing for Multilingual led to an invitation to join the continuing education faculty at Université de Montréal as an instructor. Her courses prepared translation students enrolled in university’s various translation programs for the rapidly evolving job market.
With an advanced certificate in French civilization from the Sorbonne under her belt and several years of living almost entirely in French in Montreal, taking on translation contracts came naturally. In the past four years, she has provided translation services to a wide range of clients including Cirque du Soleil, Montréal arts interculturels (MAI), Cactus, and Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain. In 2012, she had the opportunity to co-translate a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Place Ville Marie.
As a freelance blogger and journalist, Nancy has written on a wide range of subjects. In addition to language matters (politics, policy and technology), she has published articles on mental health, immigration and aboriginal affairs.
In her spare time, Nancy maintains a blog and still writes fiction. She is currently working on a novel.