Foss, P. Maureen 1941- (P. M. Foss)

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FOSS, P. Maureen 1941- (P. M. Foss)

PERSONAL:

Born August 4, 1941, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; daughter of Huigh David (a conservation officer) and Joyce M. (a cosmetics manager; maiden name, Smith) Mulligan; married G. David Foss, January 1, 1961 (separated); children: Greg, Terri Johnson, Shawn, Quinn. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Attended schools in North Vancouver and Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

ADDRESSES:

Home—401-15015 Victoria Ave., White Rock, British Columbia, Canada V4B 1G2. Agent—Betty C. Keller, 5867 Deerhorn, Sandy Hook, Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada V0N 3A0. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER:

Writer. Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, member of board of directors for twelve years and member of producers advisory board. Rainforest Reptile Refuge, member of board of directors, 2002.

MEMBER:

Writers' Union of Canada, Quintessential Writers Group.

WRITINGS:

The Cadillac Kind (humorous fiction), Polestar, 1996.

Some writings appear under the name P. M. Foss.

ADAPTATIONS:

The Cadillac Kind was adapted as a radio serial and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2001.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Countess of Tapanti.

SIDELIGHTS:

P. Maureen Foss told CA: "I write with a group of four other writers, three of whom are published: Betty Keller, Gwen Southin, and Rosella Leslie. Dorothy Fraser, as yet unpublished, has a work in progress. We have been meeting regularly for twenty years to critique each other's work, edit, polish, encourage, or make suggestions for change to the working manuscript. We also throw splashy book launches locally for our members' publications. In 2000 the Quintessential Writers Group had three books published; in 2001, two more; and still another for 2002.

"As a beginner I was encouraged to continue fiction by the established Canadian writer, Paul St. Pierre, and later by another well-known author and educator, Aritha van Herk."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

OTHER

Quintessential Writers Group,http://www.quintessentialwriters.com/ (February 21, 2003).