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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 macabre 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 unusual side-kick.  

Not only am I am happy to edit your reports for accuracy and completeness, but I can also 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 the Design and Layout of both print books and ebooks.

My hobbies include knitting, crocheting, 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