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Zoë Kessler

Photo: Michael McLuhan, MPA 2012

Born in Toronto, Zoë grew up (sort of) in an idyllic suburb of Montreal. She now makes her home on Georgian Bay, Ontario.

All she's ever wanted to do was write books, but she was sagely advised at an early age to "get a real job." Feigning interest in a law career, Zoë graduated with a B.A. (major in Philosophy and Anthropology) from the University of Western Ontario (a "pre-law" degree, as it was explained to her). Having been accepted to law school, she narrowly escaped her fate by earning a legal secretarial diploma. She managed to stall long enough (working as a law clerk) to launch her freelance writing career. She also taught journalism and freelance writing to eager adult students throughout Ontario, earning her Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (from Brock University) several decades after the fact. ("You mean I can get a degree for this?' she quipped when someone asked her if she had an adult ed degree).

At age 47, Zoë was diagnosed with ADHD. This explained quite a few things.

Zoë's real education began in earnest. She learned all she could about ADHD (which took a while as she kept getting distracted). She maintains that she has no choice but to "think outside the box" as she lost the box years ago.

In an effort to put a face to the dismal statistics she encountered regarding undiagnosed adult ADHD, Zoë offered up a part-memoir, part self-help book called ADHD According to Zoë - The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys (New Harbinger Publications, 2013). Endorser Terry Matlen, pscyhotherapist and ADHD specialist, described Zoë as "Pippi Longstocking all grown-up." Nailed it.

Zoë' has earned a reputation as an expert in the ADHD field. She's a regular contributor to ADDitude Magazine, and has presented for The Conference Board of Canada, The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, and elsewhere. She also blogs for PsychCentral and The Huffington Post and has been featured as an expert in Scientific American Mind magazine and elsewhere on the topic of ADHD.

Follow Zoë on Twitter @chickadd44

 

Phone number:
519 376-8787

Publications

Adoption Reunions - a book for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive families. Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1993
ADHD According to Zoë - The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys. New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, California, 2013

Awards

Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant Recipient for ADHD According to Zoë, a part-memoir, part self-help book about being a woman with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), 2009
Scholarship, The Banff Centre for international juried competition; Dramatic Writing, 2003
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

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