Although born in Wolverhampton, Margaret was raised in the holiday resort of Eastbourne on the English South Coast. There it wasn’t difficult for her to become interested in history: her home was a couple of blocks from the redoubt and martello towers built to repel Napoleon, a few miles from the old Roman fort at Pevensey Bay, where William the Conqueror landed, and a half-hour train ride from Brighton with its Royal Pavilion. Margaret began her “literary” career making up stories to tell her sister when they were young. Her first “published work” was a story she wrote at age ten for her elementary school’s “annual”, a book written, illustrated and hand bound by the senior class. Her first journalism job was with a freelance news agency serving Eastbourne and area for the national daily, London evening, and Sunday papers, the Press Association, television and radio. She then worked at the bi-weekly “Eastbourne Gazette and Herald” as a reporter and then sub-editor, the latter post teaching her much about the use of the written word. After immigrating to Canada she became editor of a weekly paper in a small town in the wilds of Northern Ontario, and then news editor of an Ontario evening daily paper. In addition to university courses, she has a certificate in dramatic scriptwriting with honours and a creative arts certificate, also with honours from Algonquin College, Ottawa. Her interest in history also led her to become a docent at the Canadian Museum of Civilizaton, Ottawa, teaching Canadian history to schoolchildren. Margaret is a lifelong bookworm, who loves doing research. Her other hobbies are travel, art, theatre and fine dining.