Photo by Dawn Huddlestone
aula Boon grew up on a farm just outside the small town of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
At the age of 16 she was awarded a scholarship to spend her last two years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, one of 12 United World Colleges around the world with the goal of fostering international understanding.
Back in Canada, she obtained an honours degree in English and psychology from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University. Then, it was off to Toyama, Japan to teach English for three years.
Next, Paula taught at Huntsville High School for a few semesters before deciding the time had come to focus on her writing.
In the next several years, her essays were heard on CBC Radio, her fiction won several prizes, and her articles appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Paula was copy editor of the award-winning weekly community newspaper The Huntsville Forester from 2002 to 2009. She was also creator of the Muskoka Mosaic, a series of community member profiles in the Forester. Links to the more than 100 profiles she contributed between 2007 and 2009 are available on her profiles page.
A veteran Muskoka Novel Marathoner, Paula became co-convener of the event in 2010, and remained one of the key organizers until 2016. She was excited to provide this one-of-a-kind opportunity for writers while at the same time raising money for adult literacy initiatives in Muskoka.
Since 2009, Paula has been teaching creative writing at Muskoka Montessori School and working as a freelance writer and editor. More recently, she has begun sharing her found-word art on Instagram and in public Facebook posts.