About me


I grew up beside the St. Lawrence River outside Kingston, Ontario. As a kid I swam with my brothers on the wrecks of ships from the War of 1812 and later worked in the summers at the reconstructed British Fort Henry. Along the way I developed a taste for history.

Even as a kid I wanted to write books. (My friend Johanne and I wrote the first version of Lake Rules during French class in Grade 10.) I got distracted from that for a while, though. When I finished my education with a masters, teaching, and library degrees, I moved to New Zealand with my husband. For 12 years I worked on farms and in libraries, taught English and drama, and generally had a great life. My daughter, Leila, was born there.

In 1983 I moved back to Kingston with my family and worked as a writer and  editor for the Kingston Whig-Standard. I taught writing and editing at Queen's University and am now an editor with McGill-Queen's University Press. 
Contact me: garviem@queensu.ca; maureengarvie@gmail.com
 

Books
For kids and young adults

George Johnson's War, with Mary Beaty. Toronto: Groundwood, 2002
Lake Rules. Toronto: Key Porter, 2005
Amy by Any Other Name. Toronto: Key Porter, 2009

A literary mystery for adult readers

Withdrawn from Circulation
Cowdy House Press 2015 

Works in progress:
The Taxidermy Journals
Girl, 13, Living in School