I am curious by nature, especially about people—what inspires and interests them. I’m passionate about storytelling, as a means of accurately explaining information, while enlightening and entertaining readers. I’m energetic and happiest when I’m engaged and multi-tasking. And whether I’m writing, editing, teaching, consulting, volunteering, event planning, handling media relations, or exploring, I’m committed to doing my best at all times, both for my clients and myself.
Thank you for visiting my website. Now, I’d like to get to know you better. Contact me by email to discuss your communication needs and how I might help you meet them, or even just to introduce yourself. For more about me, you can also see my profile at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. I'm also happy to share my news that I will be receiving a Progress Women of Excellence Award in the Communications and Public Affairs category from the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis in November 2014.
Recent Work »
Author, Some of My Parts within the Becoming Fierce anthology
Fierce Ink Press, September 2014
Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL, is a collection of creative non-fiction pieces written by Atlantic Canadian authors. Twenty per cent of sales go to Kids Help Phone, chosen by Canadian author Susin Nielsen, who contributed the foreword. My contribution is a 20-page story called Some of My Parts. Most people struggle with body image from time to time. Some of My Parts describes my relationship with my body and the larger issue of perceived beauty. Interspersed with my reminiscence is the story of a red-hoodied girl who pushes towards adulthood and uses what she once considered her flaws to beat back the big, bad wolf.
Editor, Folia Montana
Mount Saint Vincent University Alumnae Magazine
September 2011 — Present
I determine each issue's themes and content, identify and liaise with contributors, and develop good working relationships with students, professors, directors, the president's office and fellow alumnae. I also write copy (including the cover story), edit the entire publication, oversee art direction with the designer, and set strategic editorial direction. The pdf of the Fall 2013 issue can be seen here.
Author, Lunar Lifter
Bryler Publications, April 2012
Lunar Lifter is the story of two children’s ingenuity and resourcefulness when they unexpectedly find themselves rocketing through space in a cardboard refrigerator box. Suddenly on the moon and faced with a series of problems to overcome, the siblings must rely on their imagination and new friends to find a way home. It is a children's chapter novel (57 pages) and hit number 1 on a Nova Scotia bestseller list in May 2012!
Order copies through Apollinaire's Bookshoppe or find it in select bookstores (please ask your local book sellers to carry it if they're not already). Contact me if you'd like a review copy, or to book me for a signing or classroom visit.
"Written in a smooth-flowing, engaging style, this breezy novel is ideal for young readers who feel ready to graduate to 'big kid' books." — Trevor Adams, Our Children.
"Hopefully, based on the success of her first book, we’ll be hearing from DeLory again." — Pam Sword, The Chronicle Herald
"Creativity and childhood has never been better captured! Lunar Lifter takes the regular kid activity of doodling on cardboard and blasts it into an adventure of nine-year old imagination." — Caroline Fernandez, ParentClub.ca
"It's a great book!" — Starr Dobson, Host and Producer, Live at 5, CTV Atlantic
"An eager crowd of readers of all ages." — Snap Bloor West
"The boys waited anxiously for Alison DeLory, author of the new children's book, Lunar Lifter, who was going to join them at their Bloor West Boys Book Club meeting, June 25." — Lisa Rainford, Bloor West Villager
"Refreshing, funny. A celebration of imagination and childhood creativity. Lunar Lifter is an adventure story that will catapult readers into the wild outer and inner space journey of a nine year old Bluenoser; a young storyteller I want to hear from again."—Sheree Fitch, author
"You can almost feel the spaceship taking off and see the drawings come to life." — Emma Courish, student, nine years old