About Me

I am addicted to words.

For the past 10 years I have had the fortune to work in media publishing as an Editor and Writer. I spent three and a half wonderful years as the Beauty Director for FASHION Magazine, Men’s FASHION and fashionmagazine.com; fives years as a weekly lifestyle columnist for the National Post; and two and a half years as the Editor-in-Chief for Salon Magazine and beautynet.com. My love of beauty, perfume, travel, pets, fitness and relationships keeps me busy writing: a fragrance blog for the Huffington Post; weekly lifestyle and relationship columns and blog posts for iVillage.ca; contributing articles to Flare, My Advantage and Chatelaine magazines; and acting as an editorial and communications consultant for the television.

Thanks to the library of books piling up in my head, I am also penning a memoir about marrying a Dominican man 11 years my junior, Leap of Faith; a novel about a newbie magazine editor caught in the crazed world of haircare professionals, Bad Hair Daze; and a collection of perfume essays. So if you’re a book agent seeking a relationship with a hard-working author, I’m your girl. I also tweet daily about perfume, married life and more, under the handle @AErmter.

Prior to working in print, I was a television researcher, writer and producer for six years on TV shows such as, CanWest Global’s Body & Health, TVOntario’s Stuff and within the marketing department of YTV for Corus Entertainment. I have a degree in Radio and Television Arts and a certificate in Magazine Publishing, both from Ryerson University, and I am certified as a NCCP III, national level coach, specializing in the sport of synchronized swimming.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, I reside in Toronto, Ontario with my husband and our very spoiled and furry feline, Trixie-Belle.

I am the recipient of the following awards:

Winner of the 2009 Canadian Fragrance Editorial Award for Best Print Media, FASHION magazine.
Winner of the 2009 Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Video: Beauty 101, fashionmagazine.com.
Winner of the 2008 The 6th Annual Reader’s Choice Merit Award for Art Direction, FASHION magazine.
Winner of the 2004 Kenneth R. Wilson Gold Award for Best Magazine Cover, Salon Magazine.
Winner of the 2004 Kenneth R. Wilson Silver Award for Best Issue, Salon Magazine.
Winner of the 2003 Kenneth R. Wilson Top Five Award for Best Cover, Salon Magazine.