Sandra O'Connell
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Before I reached the age of ten, I had lived in three countries, five cities, and seven homes. It was this unconventional upbringing that influenced my curiosity for people, places, and stories.

Following the completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a period as a corporate marketing professional, I segued into a freelance writing career – an instinctive movement given my lifelong love of writing.

My lifestyle, event, and travel articles, along with personal essays, have been published in major Canadian newspapers, magazines, and online publications, including the Vancouver Sun and The Conversation. The success of my blog, Tales from a Bar Stool, resulted in being named one of Vancouver’s “Worthy 30” by the National Post in 2012. Most recently, in 2016, I self-published an erotic novella, Hotel Capitani, under a pseudonym, Penny Cavallo.

I continue to write branded copy and content for companies and individuals in Canada and the United States, such as hotel groups, real estate developments, and local restaurants.

Currently, I reside in Toronto and am working on a screenplay in development.

I write short stories, tall tales, love letters, editorial words, corporate copy, and in my diary.
I write about experiences. I flirt with words. I spin sentences. I dance with metaphors. I create new clichés.


~ Contributed to a Life & Style BLOG for The Vancouver Sun newspaper.

~ Penned an online column called TALES FROM A BAR STOOL for The Province newspaper from 2011 to 2014.

~ Named one of Vancouver’s WORTHY 30 by the National Post in 2012.

“A mistress of the quip and a markswoman of the bon mot.”
– Shinan Govani, National Post

~ PUBLISHED in The Vancouver Sun, The Province, Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal,, Burlesque Beat, Societe Perrier, Destinations of the World News, and Conglomerate Magazine.

~ PROFILED by 24Hrs Vancouver,, Vitamin Daily.

~ Participated as a PANELIST on Huffington Post Live discussing the merits of going out solo.


Thanks to my third grade teacher, Ms Hilpl, in Pound Ridge, New York, who awakened my writing muse.