The charmed life of a pearling lugger inspired her to write Redbill: From Pearls to Peace, which opened up a whole new world of maritime history and the extraordinary people linked to that strange vessel. Redbill won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.
Intrigued by the secrets behind the published works of maritime author and photographer Alan Villiers, she wrote a biography based upon his diaries, Alan Villiers: Voyager of the Winds. The book explores the lives of the great four-masted steel windjammers of the early twentieth century, and won the Mountbatten Maritime Award in 2009.
In August 2014 her first novel, The Turning Tide, was published by Allen & Unwin under the name C. M. Lance. It was based on WWII commando training at rugged, beautiful Wilsons Prom in South Gippsland, guerillas in 1942 Timor, and life in post-war Japan. She independently publishes fiction through Seabooks Press, and builds websites via Lancewood. (Image courtesy of Gill Clarke. Wilsons Prom in the distance.)