Biographies

Blair, Rickie

Rickie Blair  Blaair Rickie

As a financial journalist, Rickie Blair lived in three Canadian provinces. Her current home is halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls and serves as inspiration for the fictional—and deceptively idyllic—village of Leafy Hollow. The second book in the series, “Digging Up Trouble,” was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award in 2018. When not writing her cozy mystery series, Rickie spends her time wrestling with a half-acre garden and trying to keep the peace between an irrepressible Jack Chi and three rescue cats.

Website link: www.rickieblair.com

 

 

Greenwood, Therese

Therese Greenwood Greenwood Therese

Therese Greenwood’s short fiction has appeared across Canada and in the U.S. in such publications as the Crime Writers of Canada’s Over The Edge anthology and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She has twice been short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award, Canada’s top mystery writing prize, and has co-edited two short crime fiction anthologies. She grew up on Wolfe Island, Ontario, the largest of the Thousand Islands, and the region forms the backdrop for much of her fiction. She also writes about Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she now lives with her husband.

Visit her online at www.therese.ca and @WolfeIslander on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

 

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