Author, Speaker, Storyteller

Photo courtesy Kerp Photography, 2016
Photo courtesy Kerp Photography, 2016

I’m a writer with an Aussie accent and a Vancouver address. I’ve worked in journalism for most of my life and my articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail, Marketing Magazine, B.C. Business and Costco Connection.

Over the years I’ve written about everything from disappearing aboriginal languages to longshorewomen. I love everything about the writing process: the research, the interviewing, and putting the actual words down on paper. I covered the Stanley Cup riots for the Vancouver Sun, I’ve interviewed a company president while flying in his private jet, and I’ve written a story from up in a blimp.

About 12 years ago, a series of events led to my first book At Home with History and the idea that a house has a social history and comes alive through the people who lived inside its walls. Sensational Victoria and Sensational Vancouver continued the theme—adding stories about bootleggers and brothels, corrupt cops and legendary women. Cold Case Vancouver explored the city’s dark side, in a book that’s part history, part true crime story, and Blood, Sweat, and Fear told the story of Inspector J.F.C.B. Vance, Vancouver’s first forensic investigator.

I’ve served on the board of the Vancouver Historical Society for the past five years, and I’m passionate about heritage and history.  I love giving talks on everything from built heritage to Vancouver’s first triple murder, and I’m excited about teaching a non-fiction writing course for Simon Fraser University this fall.

Awards & Recognition

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award 2016 (BC Book Prizes) – Finalist for Cold Case Vancouver

Heritage Award of Recognition for Sensational Vancouver, City of Vancouver, 2015

Literary Landmark #34, Stanley Park, Babes in the Woods, Cold Case Vancouver,  2015

Best Website Award, 2015, British Columbia Historical Federation

Heritage Award for Heritage Advocacy 2013 –  District of North Vancouver

City of Vancouver Book Award 2008  – Finalist for At Home with History

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

2007    Gold   – best merchandizing/marketing article “Keep it Real,” Marketing Magazine

2001    Gold   –  best merchandizing/marketing article “Sizing up the Sizzle,” Marketing Magazine

Silver  –  best profile of a company “Blast Radius,” Marketing Magazine