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Anna Patricia Cairns

Toronto, ON


As a Private Investigator with over 10 years of experience, I have written and / or edited, possibly 1,000+, Investigative Reports for several Private Investigation firms in the Greater Toronto Area. And, as a former member and Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada (A.I.I.C.) with over 15 years of experience in the Insurance Industry, I can assist with the understanding and plain language of your Insurance Policies and / or promotional material. My attention to detail ensures complete, effective and accurate documents.

Having been a writer for as long as I can remember I have written and helped others write screenplays, plays, poetry and short stories with one of my screenplays making the top 10% of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship Competition.  For the last two years I have focused my attention on fiction writing and editing with an emphasis on the macbre and mysterious, sometimes coupled with a dash of humour. I have self-published an ebook anthology of Flash Fiction called "Light in the Dark by A.P. Cairns' and am currently writing a "Sherlock Holmes" type, novella length book based on a Private Investigator and her very unusal side-kick.​ 

Not only am I am happy to edit your reports for accuracy and completeness, I can edit your mystery / speculative / fantasy fictions with an eye to flow, pacing and consistency of your world's elements. Or, if you need, I can edit  your crafts book patterns and articles for readability and understanding. 

In addition, given my extremely detail oriented nature and modest html experience, I have branched into Design and Layout of both print books and ebooks.​

My hobbies include knitting, crochetting, stained glass, puzzles and of course, reading. My favourite story genres are science-fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery.

Twitter: @annacairns16


Editorial Skills

  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Books, self-published
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs