About the Author Marion Crook and Emma Dakin
Emma Dakin is Marion Crook but writes a series of cozy mysteries set in England. Hazards in Hampshire (2019) and Crime in Cornwall (2020) are the first in the British Book Tour Mysteries. Perils in Yorkshire is to follow, then Danger in Edinburgh and two more. Check these out on Amazon
Marion Crook creates adventures, mysteries and practical books of instruction. She researches her fiction as carefully as she researches her nonfiction, interviewing people who meet challenges, hardship, joy and excitement.
Marion is an intrepid traveler from the rural community of Arctic Bay to the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, continually seeking new ideas from the people she meets. In addition to being a writer, she has been a rancher, a public health nurse, a researcher and a university teacher. An experienced speaker, Marion Crook, can inspire groups to have confidence in their own writing, as well as give readings and comments on her own writings.
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Full time faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for eleven years. Also taught at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University short courses.
British Columbia Arts Award 2018
Editing Gangs: Your Part by Dianne Symonds and Keiron McConnell September, 2019.
- Member of Committee which wrote Kwantlen Capacity Development Camp manual for Aboriginal elementary school children’s summer camp, (2002)
- Consulted in production of text book for First Nations 12 course for Province of British Columbia, by Pacific Educational Press, 2001
- Edited manuscript of “Women’s Health Issues.” Editors: Dr. L. Heber and Dr. Teresa George, 1999
- Consulted with Force Four Productions on “You, Me and the Kids,” production March 1998
- Canada Council Short Term Grant Evaluations, February, 1997.
- Guest Editorial, Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, CASP front page, Winter 1996
Public Health nurse in the Cariboo country of British Columbia and Richmond and Surrey, BC. Hospital nurse for a year and half in the Cariboo.
As may be apparent from the above list, Marion wrote many books in the 1990s and 2000s, researching and writing with the support of many organizations. She began her Masters degree in 1992 and graduated in 1995; began her PhD in 1998 and graduated in 2001, still researching and writing. Once she started teaching full time, the writing slowed down while the demands of students and lesson plans took over much of her time. Now that she is no longer a full time teacher, she is back to writing. She is enjoying the new organized approach that the years of teaching have given to her writing, while reveling in the freedom to enjoy the writing process.
All awards listed below required proposal writing, and were competitive.
- Kwantlen University, Divisional Grant 2003
- Government of BC, Dept. of Education, 2000
- Government of Canada, SSHRC, 1999, 2000, 2001
- University of BC, UGF, 1998
- Chris Spencer Foundation, 1998
- Canada Council, 1995
- BC Cultural Grant, 1995
- Secretary of State, 1993, 1994
- Canada Council, 1992
- BC Cultural Grant, 1992
- Van Dusen Project Fund, 1992