Hal Ross  Ross Hal

Hal Ross worked as a radio dj. Later, he joined the music industry and promoted such iconic recording artists as Peter, Paul and Mary, Roy Orbison, and Diana Ross and the Supremes. His stint in music culminated with MCA Records in New York City. A career change to the toy industry followed and Hal held various executive positions. He played a vital role in the launch of one of the most successful games of all time—Jenga. Hal's extensive business travel has taken him across North America, Europe and the Far East.

Bonita Palms is his fourth novel. His first—The Fleur-de-Lys Affair—was published by Doubleday. The Deadliest Game and The Doll Brokers were published by TitleTown Publishers.

He is currently writing his fifth novel.

McLeod, Susanna

 Susanna McLeod McLeod Susanna

A freelance newspaper columnist for over 23 years, Susanna McLeod writes Local and Canadian History for Postmedia’s Kingston Whig-Standard. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Kingston This Week,, The, and has been featured in several coffee table books. Along with writing, painting, and slowly working toward a university degree, Susanna is the General Administrator for the family fishing retail store, Brown Bear Tackle Box® Incorporated.Susanna McLeod and her husband live in beautiful and historic Kingston, Ontario, with their kids and grandkids nearby.

Website: Http:// 

Moritsugu, Kim

Kim Moritsugu Moritsugu Kim

Kim Moritsugu was born and raised in Toronto. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Toronto and worked for several years in a corporate setting before becoming a full-time fiction writer.

Kim has published three novels of comic literary fiction, one of which was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, and one of which was serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers program.

Her first work of crime fiction, The Glenwood Treasure, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, and her new and upcoming work continues her explorations in the crime fiction genre.  

Kim conducts occasional walking tours of Toronto’s North Rosedale neighborhood for Heritage Toronto, teaches creative writing through The Humber School for Writers, and recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist. She would love to visit your book club or library branch and speak about her books and the writing life.

Selected Bibliography (Mysteries/Noir/Suspense):

The Glenwood Treasure. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2003

“A Taste of Honey,” a story in Toronto Noir. New York: Akashic Books, 2008

And Everything Nice. Victoria: Raven Books, 2011 

The Showrunner. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2018.


The Glenwood Treasure. Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award, 2004



Swailes, Mark

Mark Swailes

Swailes Mark

Mark Swailes lives in Markham, Ontario with his two children and wife. Nothing to Chance is his first novel.

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Devlin, A.J

A.J. Devlin   Devlin A.J

A.J. Devlin grew up in Greater Vancouver before moving to Southern California for six years where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from Chapman University and a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute. After working as a screenwriter in Hollywood he moved back home to Port Moody, BC, where he now lives with his wife and two children. Cobra Clutch is his first novel.



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