My story

I’m curious about everything in the environment around me, so it should come as no surprise that I’m a geologist! I started out in mining geology at Lakehead University but ultimately I graduated from the University of Alberta and then went on to work in the oil and gas industry. Add a passion for computer programming and a M.Sc. in engineering hydrology from the University of British Columbia and you might call me the ultimate science nerd!

Early on, I discovered the joy of teaching and technical writing. I’ve designed, written and taught courses for both colleges and private companies and presented award-winning technical papers. And in every classroom and conference hall, I met interesting people who made it all worth-while!

But I finally stepped away from the petroleum industry to fulfill a life-long dream of writing mysteries. And so Alex Graham, the intrepid mining geologist with a penchant for trouble, was born.

My technical book The Essential PROC SQL Handbook for SAS Users isn’t a page-turner, except perhaps to the harried computer programmer struggling to solve the mystery of how to squeeze data from a database. To them and everyone else who joins Alex Graham on her adventures, I promise intriguing stories that blend science, politics and deadly intent.

Since the publication of Thirst, I’ve been privileged to meet many wonderful readers, librarians, booksellers and authors. It spurred me to step-up to the challenge to create a new Sisters in Crime chapter in Western Canada, and I’m proud to announce Sisters in Crime – Canada West is now open to members.

I’m honoured to have served on the Board of Directors for Crime Writers of Canada (2018-19) and as the regional representative for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. I am also a member of the Writers Union of Canada, Sisters in Crime and Editors Canada.

The release of a new book always means more travel, and Blue Fire was no exception. It was a busy time, but the reward of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones in cities across Canada was worth it. But now I’m back home writing — watch for the newest Alex Graham thriller coming soon!

The very talented Tracy Uchida took the photos of me that graces this website and my many social networking sites. I’m much more comfortable behind the camera so I’m a reluctant subject, but Tracy worked her magic! Not only have our photo sessions been enjoyable, but the photos she takes truly reflect me. Thanks Tracy!