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.
These days I’m a recovering business reporter and feature writer, excited to be working with a great group of organizations. My content writing helps support by blog and my book habit, and I’ve written three books on popular history, and two on true crime. 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, as well as teaching courses on writing.
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