Thornton (Mary Forrest George) was born and educated in Aberdeen, Scotland, and taught school for a number of years before establishing her own
nursery school, St. Swithin Street
Nursery School, an institution that is still going strong today. Elizabeth Thornton (Mary Forrest George) died on July 12, 2010, at Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg, MB Canada.
She and her husband emigrated to Canada with
their three young sons in 1969. She taught kindergarten and Grade
One for a number of years in Winnipeg,
before becoming lay minister at
a Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg.
As part of her continuing education,
she enrolled in evening classes at the University of Winnipeg to
study Classical Greek.
Five years later, having completed an Honor's thesis on Women
in Euripides, she received
her B.A. (Classics Gold Medalist).
After reading her first romance,
a Regency by Georgette Heyer, she was captivated by the genre.
Hereafter, writing became her
hobby. In 1987, her first book, a small Regency entitled, Bluestocking
published by Zebra books.