Gloria is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers College and St. Francis Xavier University. She has over 25 years of experience in the Nova Scotia school system in various roles at the elementary, middle, senior and administrative levels. She has worked in Halifax, New Glasgow, Guysborough, Monastery and Port Hawkesbury. In her role as an English Language Arts teacher, she recognized the need for African Canadian novels. This inspired her to write Chasing Freedom and If This Is Freedom.
If This Is Freedom continues the story of struggle for Loyalist settlers in Nova Scotia after the American Revolutionary War. In the black settlement of Birchtown, times are especially hard for the former slaves. They face the difficulties of a hardscrabble existence and continued discrimination from their white counterparts.