Born in New Westminster, Maureen lived in Saskatchewan and Manitoba before returning to BC. She spent many years as an activity worker in geriatric hospitals before moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1988. She served on the board of directors of the Festival of the Written Arts for 12 years and for much of that time also served on the Producer’s Advisory Committee. From 1994 to 2001 she volunteered at Madeira Park Elementary School in the reading program for grades 1 and 2. She left the Sunshine Coast in 2001, moving first to White Rock in Surrey, BC, where she volunteered at a wildlife refuge, before moving to Lac la Hache in the Cariboo where she remains. She is the author of The Cadillac Kind (Polestar Press, 1996), which was serialized on CBC Radio, The Rat Trap Murders (Nightwood Editions, 2000), and a darkly comic novel, Scribes (Caitlin Press, 2011) about four disparate women who form a writers’ group. The novel is, of course, dedicated to the Quintessential Writers of the Sunshine Coast.