Author Tags: Forts and Fur, Maritime, Travel
As a naval reserve officer in 1979, Ferguson visited HMCS Okanagan and its crew and began her abiding interest in submarines. She has written Through a Canadian Periscope: The Story of the Canadian Submarine Service (Dundurn Press, 1995 and 2014) and Deeply Canadian (Beacon, 2000) which explains why Canada was acquiring replacement submarines at the turn of the Millennium. She has written for USNI Proceedings and Sentinel, produced e-booklets for writers.
As a professional speaker, Ferguson has presented at the Surrey International Writers' Conference, taught for the Vancouver Community College;s Creative Writing program, and facilitates one of the Port Moody Writers' Groups
As a freelance writer/photographer, her subjects include travel, Canadian naval, church, B.C. history, and writing.
She is married to James Ferguson, a former commanding officer of HMCS/M Okanagan, and they share two children and three grandchildren.
Ferguson's Sing a New Song (Dundurn 2006) tells the stories of four Canadian bishops who embraced unpopular causes. George Hills, David Somerville, Douglas Hambidge and Michael Ingham encountered severe opposition as they separately fought for the rights of blacks, aboriginals, women, and gays and lesbians. One was at the centre of the only Anglican schism in Canadian history; two jeopardized their careers; one was voted the sixth most important person of the twentieth century whose world view has transformed society. Ferguson chronicles the impact these four ground-breaking bishops have had on Canadian society, while delving into their personal and spiritual lives.
Julie H. Ferguson’s YA biography James Douglas: Father of British Columbia (Dundurn 2009) includes fictionalized excerpts from Douglas’ letters and journal to trace the story of how a mixed-race boy from British Guiana became the most powerful man in early British Columbia. 978-1-55488-409-4
CITY/TOWN: Port Moody
DATE OF BIRTH: 18 August 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH: England
ARRIVAL IN CANADA/B.C.: 1969
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Professional speaker, writing instructor
Through a Canadian Periscope: The Story of the Canadian Submarine Service, Centennial 2nd ed (Dundurn 2014). Forward by RAdm D. McNeil. ISBN 978-1-4597-1055-9
James Douglas: Father of British Columbia (Dundurn 2009). Foreword by Stephen Hume. ISBN: 978-1554884094.
Book Magic: Turning Writers into Published Authors, 2nd edition. (Beacon 2008). ISBN: 978-0-9739493-3-9.
Sing a New Song: Portraits of Canada's Crusading Bishops (Dundurn 2006). Foreword by The Most Reverend Andrew Hutchison Primate of Canada. 1-55002-609-7.
Writing with Power!! Proven Tools and Tips for Your Classroom, (for teachers), Beacon Publishing, revised 2004. ISBN: 978-0-9739493-0-8
How to Write for the Online Market and Build Your Publishing Portfolio, Beacon Publishing, revised 2004. ISBN: 978-0-9731892-8-5
Writing with Power!! A Creative Writing Method with a Difference (for writers), Beacon Publishing, 2002. ISBN: 978-0-9731892-1-5
How to Craft Irresistible Query Letters: a Guide for All Writers, Beacon Publishing, 2002. ISBN: 978-0-9731892-9-2
Speaking and Writing, the Indivisible Twins: A Guide to Promotional Writing for Professional Speakers, Beacon Publishing, 2002. ISBN: 978-0-9731892-7-8
Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium, Double Dragon Publishing 2000 (electronic) and Beacon Publishing (print) 2000. ISBN: 9780968985700