Regina Jetleb

Author, young adult fiction

R Jetleb

I was born in Cologne, Germany, and came to Canada when I was one-and-a-half-years-old. I lived in Toronto, until three years ago, when I moved to Brantford with my husband and two teenage children.

I have a degree in psychology from York University in Toronto, as well as an Early Childhood Education diploma from Humber College in Toronto.

I have always enjoyed working with children, and it has been a huge part of my life. I started out babysitting as a young teen, have been a live-in nanny, and I have volunteered as a leader for both Girl Guides and Boy Scouts. I worked in a Scarborough daycare before having my son and then was self-employed with Wee Watch home daycare for thirteen years. Now I work in a daycare and preschool in Paris, with three and four-year-olds.

I have three nieces and one nephew. I spend time with them (and their mother, my sister) as often as I can, but busy schedules interfere, making it a challenge to visit with my family as frequently as I would like.

I have always enjoyed reading and have written stories ever since I was seven or eight-years-old. My writing faded into the background after high school. I was busy at university, then living in Germany as a nanny, then going to college, then finding a job, then getting married… It wasn’t until just after my son was born that I picked up the pen again to write fiction for pleasure. I stumbled onto a correspondence course on writing for children and teenagers––that’s when What about Hailey? was born.

Life, and time, intervened yet again in my writing career. My daughter was born weeks after completing

What About Hailey? and the manuscript was tucked into a drawer, not to see the light of day for fifteen years. I found out about Cavern of Dreams Publishing through Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour’s vampire trilogy, set in Brantford, Ontario. I remember standing in the Coles Lynden Park bookstore shortly after having moved to Brantford, seeing Mary’s trilogy, and being absolutely thrilled to see it set in my new hometown! I bought all three books and was immediately hooked.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know Mary and the editors at Cavern of Dreams. I’m enjoying this new path in life, of realizing my long dormant dream of being a published author. I’m soaking in everything I can about writing, and about the editing and publishing processes. I am looking forward to continuing to hone my craft as a writer, with the guidance and expertise of the Cavern of Dreams team.