Self-published Dot Scott was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada with her husband, Doug, to join their son and daughter. She began writing at the age of ten, and went on to have a number of articles and children's stories published in various magazines and newspapers in South Africa and Canada over the years. In 1979 she created the Read for Joy magazine for newly literate adult African readers to assist with Women's Institute literacy projects. In 1975 her biography of her husband's grandmother, Daisy Scott, was published in serial form in the Salvation Army's magazine, The War Cry, in South Africa.


Girl in a Blue Bonnet: The True Story of a Woman's Quest in Africa (AuthorHouse 2011).


To many people, the Salvation Army is an organization that collects charity donations during the holidays, yet it is also a church and one of the largest world-wide philanthropic organizations, spreading its message and aid to those in need. With her historical biography, Dot Scott tells the story of 18-year-old Daisy Quarterman's love of humanity and yearning for adventure.

Inspired by General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army in England, Daisy volunteers in 1896 to become a missionary in South Africa. Leaving family and friends in England, she sets sail for a foreign land.

She soon finds herself in danger as she is caught up in the midst of political turmoil, violent upheavals and bitter conflict in Mafeking in 1899. But in the turbulence of the Boer War, when Daisy must make some life-changing decisions, she meets the love of her life.

Girl in a Blue Bonnet is a love story that tests the strength and faith of two young Salvation Army Officers torn apart by war in a beautiful, restless country. It is an inspiring story, sure to please fans of history, romance and adventure.

[BCBW 2011]