Author, Speaker, Storyteller
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
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