Bio

My Biography

I’ve called the Yukon home for thirty years, working as a journalist and editor, executive assistant for a Minister of the Yukon Legislature, co-ordinator of Whitehorse’s women’s center, typesetter, bookbinder, first aid instructor, and wilderness guide, before exchanging my paddle for a pen. Experience and an over-active imagination feed the Markus Fanger adventure crimes.

The fictional protagonist Markus Fanger reflects what makes us northerners. A love of nature steered him into wilderness guiding for German-speaking visitors. Like so many Europeans living in the Territory, Fanger’s been indelibly touched by the Yukon’s “magic and mystery”—often more mystery than he bargains for.

Formerly a police officer in Germany, Fanger has the training, language and bush skills that make him a valuable auxiliary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Whether the case involves missing tourists, stolen artifacts, or terrorist saboteurs, Fanger is comfortable investigating in the middle of the Yukon bush or European bustle.

writer at the cabin

Fiction:

  • Spring 2016—digitial release of From Ice to Ashes by Water Street Press.
  • 2008-2009—charter member of Beat the Book editing and writing intensive.
  • September 2009—Canadian publication of the debut Markus Fanger adventure crime From Ice to Ashes.

Awards:

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  • 2013 — “Seven Packs of Sugar” honorable mention in Canada’s Best Short Stories Contest.
  • 2011—“Gold Nugget Garter” won the UpHere magazine Jack London Short Story Contest.
  • 2008—“Sideways” earned Honourable Mention at the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference 1000-word non-fiction theme contest.­
  • 2007—­“Washed Out” won Dawson City’s Authors on Eighth prose competition judged by Robert Sawyer.

Anthology Contributions:

      • “Balloons in the Yukon—It’s so Uplifting”, pg. 159 in The Great Northern Lost Moose Catalogue; 1997; and “Northern Wedding”, pg. 97 Another Whole Lost Moose Catalogue; 1991; Lost Moose Publishing; Whitehorse, Yukon; republished by Harbour Publishing.
      • “Seven Packs of Sugar”, Canadian Tales of the Heart; 2013; Red Tuque Books; Canmore, Alberta.

Non-Fiction:

Affiliations:

      • Member of Alaska Sisters in Crime.
      • Member of Crime Writers of Canada, BC/Yukon.
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