I’m a writer who lives in British Columbia. I have a first-class honours degree in biology from Simon Fraser University. I also have many years of experience in teaching high school biology, chemistry, science, and information technology. I specialize in writing articles about life sciences and nature but also enjoy writing about other topics, including the beautiful part of Canada where I live.
I was born in England and spent my childhood in Wales. I’ve been a writer and an avid reader since childhood. The written word has always been important to me. Though today I publish mainly nonfiction, I continue to create short stories and poems as I did when I was a child.
I write at HubPages and its network sites. I also have a biology and nature blog and a blog about the biological basis of health. My posts on BC Write focus on the topics that most interest me: observations made during my walks, the arts, nature, biology news, and other discoveries that catch my attention.
I have received five Hubbie Awards over the years. They were based on votes from other writers at HubPages. They include the award for the best article, the most beautiful one, the most interesting one, the most academic writer, and the most versatile one. (The categories for the awards change slightly each year.) I received personalized HubPages mugs for four of the awards. One of them is shown above.
Many of my articles and posts are inspired in some way by my walks. I always have a camera with me when I leave my home and enjoy taking photographs. I walk in urban, suburban, and rural areas. In suburban areas, I try to take a route along paths bordered by nature or along sidewalks that pass by people’s gardens. On urban walks, I look for containers of flowers or small landscaped areas. Any walk is fun, but it’s always better when I discover plants or animals.
The photo of the golden retriever and me shown on this site was taken by my sister. The photo represents me at several places online. Sam had just been for a long and enjoyable swim while we were camping, which is why his coat looks ruffled.
I’ve had many pets over the years, including dogs, cats, birds, a hamster, gerbils, and goldfish. My family currently includes a dog and three cats. Dylan (the dog) is a Leonberger. The rest of the pet family consists of two ragdolls and a rescue cat. They often provide inspiration for my writing.