When Lynne Bowen enrolled at the University of Victoria to study history for the pleasure of it, she had no intention of becoming a writer. But three weeks after the former public health nurse and mother of three completed a Master of Arts degree in Western Canadian History, a group of coal miners approached her with stories to tell.

Seven books, many magazine articles and a newspaper column later, Lynne continues to write historical nonfiction. She was the Rogers Communications Co-Chair of Creative Non-Fiction Writing at UBC from 1992 to 2006.