Biographies

Levison, Deborah

Deborah Levison Levison Deborah

Debbie’s life has two parts: the first in Canada, where she grew up, and the second in the United States, where she’s lived for twenty years. In Toronto, she attended the Royal Conservatory of Music as part of her parents’ plan to make her a concert pianist. (That didn’t work out.) She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in psychology. (Didn’t pursue that either.) She landed instead in public relations, which gave her a chance to write creatively every day.

Since relocating to the States, she’s been published in local, regional and national media – newspapers, magazines, websites, and poetry journals. A feature she wrote on survivors of the M.S. St. Louis, a German ocean liner carrying scores of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe, earned an Award of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Now, she is thrilled to share her first book, a true crime, with the world. THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice is the story of a gruesome discovery: in 2010, her family found a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view, on their property in Muskoka, Ontario. They were not prepared for the horrific contents of the crate… or how they would be forced to confront evil.

Debbie lives in Connecticut with her husband, three children, and an Aussiedoodle named Moose. You can find her in Muskoka every summer, watching the sunset from her rowboat.

Visit her at www.debbielevison.com

 

Petryshyn, Jaroslav

Jaroslav (Jerry) Petryshyn Petryshyn Jaroslav

Jaroslav (Jerry) Petryshyn holds a PhD from Western University. An award-winning author, he taught history for over 30 years before becoming a Dean at Grande Prairie Regional College. He served as the Alberta representative on the Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and chairperson of the 2005 Alberta History Centennial Project. He has published numerous historical books and a recent poetry collection. He also writes a regular column, 'Armchair Guide To Exotic Saloons,' for 'Old Autos'.

Author website: jpetryshyn.wordpress.com

Preston, Sydney

Sydney Preston Preston Sydney

A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Sydney Preston has lived and/or studied in Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rome, London and Sendai, Japan. She has been a flight attendant, advertising copywriter, TV production assistant, ESL teacher and copy editor/webmaster. A lifetime singer, she lives in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Her debut novel, “Too Late for Redemption” is now in digital format on Kobo Writing Life, and the softcover will be available the second week of April 2018.

Scott, Dianne

Dianne Scott  Scott Dianne

Dianne Scott is a Toronto teacher and writer. By day, she teaches literacy skills to struggling readers, and by night she writes creative fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her current project, DEVASTATION, is a finalist for the Unhanged Arthur Award and was longlisted for Mslexia’s First Novel Award. Dianne’s writing has appeared in literary journals, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and on CBC radio. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and Diaspora Dialogues’ mentorship program. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime and Pen International.

When she’s not writing or teaching, Dianne is chauffeuring her teenagers to their sporting games, attending Zumba classes, or curled up with a good book.

Selected Publications:

“The Right to the Right,” The Globe and Mail, April 18, 2018

“Gibraltar Point,” novel excerpt from DEVASTATION upcoming in Taddle Creek , December 2018

Contact Information:

Email:

Twitter: DianneEScott

Website: diannescott.ca

 

Markman, Alex

Alex Markman   Markman Alex

Alex Markman graduated university, economic faculty, and worked many years as an analyst in various big corporations. The work gave him an opportunity to study intricacies of corporate politics and idiosyncrasy of top echelon managers. His true callings though are adventure travels, a study of history, and fiction writing. Every event in his life, small or large, adds to his understanding of life and gives him ideas for his entertaining stories.

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