Jan was born in Wirral. She left school aged 16. After major problems with one of her legs, she decided to have it amputated and never looked back. She was a BT telephonist, training and working in Liverpool telephone exchange before transferring to Bangor, Gwynedd, exchange. Her main interest was embroidery. She acquired City & Guilds Embroidery course and later City & Guilds Patchwork. She gave up work and began teaching stitching to adults in the northwest. Jan has travelled extensively in the USA and Canada over the last twenty years.
In 1972, Sue ran seven martial arts clubs in the northwest. In 1985, she was trained as the first female bodyguard by two members of the SAS, working internationally for ten years, including being Miss Israel’s bodyguard in 1986. A car accident forced her out of this role, and for five years, she worked as part of a four-‘man’ team, training security teams for 32 shopping centres across the UK. For the last ten years, she worked as a security manager for 5* luxury hotels. Sue has travelled extensively in Canada. She published her first book Lady Security in 2013.
Meeting at a new school at the age of eleven, Jan and Sue discovered a mutual passion for Canada, reading everything they could about the vastness of the country, its wildlife and wilderness. From then until they left school at sixteen, they promised each other that as soon as they could, they woul...