Phyllis Humby and her husband retired to the touristy municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario, where she continues to indulge her passion for writing. Since 2012 she has penned a humorous monthly column, Up Close and Personal, for First Monday magazine. In addition to her column, she’s enjoyed success with her short stories of all genres. A humorous submission led to the Fringe stage at Eden Mill’s Writers’ Festival, a psychological thriller won a national contest, and a crime mystery garnered the Bony Pete Award.
Before surrendering to her obsession for writing, Phyllis spent nearly twenty years in the lingerie fashion industry which provided an endless pool of material for her memoir Hazards of the Trade (April 2020). Crossfield Publishing also released her debut novel Old Broad Road (October 2020) with its sequel to follow in 2022.
Maureen Pollard is a seasoned social worker delving into the exploration of creative expression as an author and singer-songwriter. Sharing stories captivated her at a young age. She published The Twentieth Year: A Memoir of Miscarriage in June 2019. Her debut novel, Best Interests, is a child welfare procedural published in July 2021.
Life is messy and Brenda tries to reflect that in her stories while still leaving readers with a feeling of hope. She wants them to see themselves and the people they know in her characters.
You could say writing is in Brenda’s genes. Her paternal grandmother was a formidable diarist; her father was a journalist and poet; her sister and cousin are both published authors; even her son has shown a talent for putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to tell awesome stories. So, it came as no surprise to anyone when Brenda returned to her love of fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communications–although some might argue there was plenty of opportunity for fiction-writing there, too.
A fan of many genres, Brenda finds it hard to stay within the publishing industry’s prescribed boxes. Whether it’s historical mystery, romantic suspense or women’s fiction, her greatest joy is writing about memorable characters with compelling stories.
Author, lawyer, psychologist, consultant, and coach.
Delee Fromm is the author of two nonfiction books, Advance Your Legal Career and Understanding Gender at Work and co-author of A Workbook for Understanding Gender at Work with Rocca Morra Hodge, a director at Rotman. Her first foray into fiction produced a short story about murder, “The Neighbourhood Watch”, which was published in 2020 by Carrick Publishing.
Cook, Connie L.
Connie L. Cook
Connie L. Cook is a retired Registered Nurse. As background research for the novel, she completed an online course to become a private investigator. Connie enrolled in creative writing classes and has been writing ever since. Her short stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Pacific Magazines, Feminine Collective and she wrote a weekly childrens' fiction column for the Guelph Mercury. Connie lives in Lynden, ON with her two black cats who edit her writing by walking across the keyboard. She is currently working on a sequel that takes Diana and James to Las Vegas.