Just another author in world of words
My life has been varied. I was born in Sydney, Australia in 1939, went to college in the United States on a scholarship, and then came to Canada. I went back to The Australian National University to do my PhD and while there married F. Murray Greenwood, a professor at UBC. We returned to Vancouver in 1977 and, strangely enough, I now live at Tapestry in the Wesbrook Village a mile or so where I first met Murray. A summary of my life is below but the full version is coming in November in THE TEMERITY OF HOPE. As you can see, writing was a late development in my life. There is one ore important thing. I bec ame a Christian in 2001 and now am blessed with some of the best years of my life.
MAJOR ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Manly-Warringah A team – Hockey and Cricket
Hockey – N.S.W. Junior State team
Cricket – N.S.W Junior State team
Softball – NCAA collegiate level
Softball – The Australian National University team
Swimming – Royal Lifesaving Society, Bronze Medallion
Volleyball, coach, North American Juvenile Champions
Honorary coach, U.S. Olympic team, 1968
National coach award, Japanese Volleyball Association, 1970
B.A. (Hons.), University of British Columbia, 1973
PhD, The Australian National University, 1977
N.S.W. Department of Education
Surrey School District (35 years)
I have taught all grades, except 1 and 7. I specialized in teaching Year 9 Humanities, but also senior history, English, and Social Studies.
1975-77: Doctoral Scholarship, The Australian National University (approx. $75,000 in 1975 dollars)
2002-03: Scholar-in-Residence, Regent College, U.B.C.
2006: Winner, Young Adult novel (for Sophie’s Rebellion), The Word Guild
2006: Winner, Special Achievement Award, Surrey International Writers Conference
2006: Winner, Professional Writer grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2007: Our Choice Selection (for Sophie’s Treason), Canadian Children’s Book Centre
2009: Winner, Young Adult novel (for Sophie’s Exile), The Word Guild
2009: Winner, Best Children’s book (for Sophie’s Exile), The Anglican Planet
2012: Finalist, Young Adult novel (for The Convict’s Thumbprint), The Word Guild
2013: Finalist, Young Adult novel (for The 3Js), The Word Guild
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS A WRITER
Attendee: Surrey International Writers Conference, 1993-2003
Attendee: Maui Writers Conference Retreat, 2000. Elizabeth George taught and helped me make the transition from academic writing to novels.
Director: The Canadian State Trials Legal History Project, 1993-2001
Presenter: Various legal history papers to academic conferences at Osgoode Hall, Queen’s University, Carleton University, University of Toronto, 1994-2000
Presenter and Critiquer: Surrey International Writers Conference, 2003-2009
School Visits: I have given readings and taught the elements of story writing to numerous elementary schools (e.g. Shaughnessy, Vancouver School District) and high schools (e.g. Earl Marriott Secondary in Surrey School District)
Judge: The Wayne Houston Memorial Speech Meet, 2008-2013
Originator: Write! Vancouver, a one day conference, May 2012
Presenter: Write! Vancouver, 2012 (setting up novels, developing plot and characters)
Presenter: English teachers, Surrey School District, 2012 (how to teach the elements of story and novella writing)
Presenter: Surrey Teachers Convention, 2013 (“Create, Populate, Plotulate”)
Presenter: Write Vancouver, 2013 (“Create, Populate, Plotulate”)
Presenter: Write! Canada, Ontario, 2013 (“Deconstruct a Nursery Rhyme and Build a Story”)
Director: Write Vancouver, 2012 – ongoing
Mentor: A pilot project for The Word Guild, 2012 – ongoing
Regional Director: The Word Guild, 2013 – ongoing
Leader: Writers’ Retreat at Qualicum Beach, BC, 2013
Lecturer: Regent College Extension courses, (Mapping Your Novel), 2014
Presenter: Write Vancouver, 2014 (Telling Your Story)
Presenter Writer Vancouver, 2014 (What it Means to be a Writer and a Christian)
PROFESSIONAL WRITING MEMBERSHIPS
The Word Guild
Federation of B.C. Writers
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (western Canada chapter).
III — PUBLICATIONS
The Temerity of Hope, November 24, 2017
The Great Mac’n’Cheese War, November 2018
AVAILABLE NOW in print and digital formats:
Forgotten Secrets, young adult fiction, Wesbrook Bay Books, 2015: Vancouver, 275 pp.
Theo Bentley’s War of 1812, young adult fiction, Wesbrook Bay Books, 2014: Vancouver, 263 pp.
tHAD, young adult fiction, Wesbrook Bay Books, 2013: Vancouver, 226 pp.
The Convict’s Thumbprint, young adult fiction, Wesbrook Bay Books, 2011: Vancouver, 199 pp.
Un profond sentiment d’injustice (translated by Michel de Lorimier), legal history, Lux, 2011: Montreal, 491 pp.
Sophie’s Exile, young adult fiction, Dundurn Press, 2008: Toronto, 279 pp.
Sophie’s Treason, young adult fiction, Dundurn Press, 2006: Toronto, 251 pp.
Sophie’s Rebellion, young adult fiction, Dundurn Press, 2005: Toronto, 224 pp.
Beyond Hope: An Illustrated History of the Fraser and Cariboo Gold Rush, popular history, Dundurn Press, 2003: Toronto, 280 pp.
Uncertain Justice: Canadian Women and Capital Punishment 1754-1953, legal history, The Osgoode Society and Dundurn, 2000: Toronto, 280 pp.
A Deep Sense of Wrong, legal history, Allen & Unwin, 1996: Sydney, N.S.W., 367 pp.
A Deep Sense of Wrong: The Treason, Trials and Transportation to New South Wales, legal history, The Osgoode Society and Dundurn Press, 1995: Toronto, 367 pp.
“The Punishment of Transportation as Suffered by the patriotes Sent to New South Wales,” legal history, Canadian State Trials, II, University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society, Toronto, 2002.
“’Women’s Work’: Women and Rebellion in Lower Canada, 1837-39,” Ibid.
“The Trial of Elizabeth Coward,” legal history, The Beaver, vol. 81, 2001: Winnipeg.