Vanasse, Anik

 Anik Vanasse Vanasse Anik

Anik Vanasse is a thriller and suspense author with a novel in progress set to be completed mid-December 2020. She presently works for the Library and Archives of Canada. Anik lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


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Crane, Arlana

Arlana Crane Crane Arlana

Arlana Crane is a fourth-generation Vancouver Islander, currently living in Calgary, Alberta with her husband James. She loves to read, write, knit, play the ukulele and attend the theatre. Summer vacations will find her back on her beloved Island, enjoying the ocean and spoiling her niece and nephews. Her first book, Mordecai's Ashes, a private investigator novel, is set on the Island and is now available for purchase.



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Angus, Lis

Lis Angus Angus Lis

Lis Angus is a suspense writer living in eastern Ontario, south of Ottawa. Her first novel, Not Your Child, was longlisted for the 2019 Grindstone International Novel prize. She is currently looking for a home for that novel, while starting work on a second book.

Lis has always loved reading and writing. By the time she was six, she often sat at the kitchen table writing stories while her mom cooked supper. At age nine, she spent a summer writing a novel in her cousin’s hayloft. She honed her writing skills throughout her adult life, including taking numerous courses in fiction writing through Gotham Writers Workshop and Sisters in Crime.

She grew up in Alberta, graduating from high school at sixteen. She then spent two years in Germany before returning to Canada, when she moved to Ottawa to study journalism and social sciences. She and her husband raised their family in Toronto, and now live in a small town south of Ottawa.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Capital Crime Writers, and is an active participant in the North Grenville Writers Circle.

She has graduate degrees in psychology and business from York University in Toronto. Her early career was spent working with children and families in crisis. In her later career she was a respected telecommunications consultant and policy advisor, conference organizer, business writer and editor. She has two daughters and two grandchildren.

McCormick, Jonathan

Jonathan McCormick McCormick Jonathan

Jonathan McCormick holds a Black Belt in Combat Martial Arts. He is a U.S Marine (Inactive), trained with famed CIA operative Rex Applegate and Ultimate Fighter Champion Royce Gracie and was the director of the Institute of Defense Tactics. He is a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and worked with members of various law enforcement agencies in the areas of suspect control and officer safety. He has written for law enforcement magazines Blue Line and Twenty-Four-Seven and penned the “Your Safety” column for the Vancouver Province and “Cariboo Safety” for Black Press.

McCormick taught psychiatric health care workers techniques to avoid physical confrontations, utilizing specific verbal skills to deescalate a situation and to control violent clients. Patients were happier without drug discipline and staff were safer knowing they controlled their environment.

“Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets”, “Barkley Sound Secrets”, “Vancouver Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives and receive support and motivation through the strong female characters’ problem-solving solutions.

The novels’ inspiration develops through United States Secret Service Special Agents, Rebecca Simpson, Elisabeth Peltowski and supervising agent Jessica Fukishura who work with Dr. Penelope Barker, retired veterinarian turned private sleuth, Santa Barbara Detective Elise Pelfini, RCMP Members Karen Winthrop, Kimberly Breyman and Combined Forces Enforcement Unit’s Cpl. Anne-Marie Clark who experience violence both in their professional and person lives. The agents’ physical and emotional responses to antagonists draw the reader to the officers’ techniques and style used to overcome adversity.

McCormick has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from the University of Portland. He is a member of the College of Teachers, with twenty years teaching children, adults and seniors.


King, Richard

Richard King King Richard

Richard King, a bookseller for almost thirty years, was co-owner of Montreal’s Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore. He also served a term as the President of the Canadian Booksellers Association. He is the author of four mystery/crime novels and two biographies. He is a books columnist for CBC radio in Montreal.



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