Brenda Chapman


Brenda Chapman grew up in a small town in Northern Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lakehead University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University, she worked as a special education teacher in Ottawa, specializing in reading and language arts. Several years later, she accepted work in the federal government where she has gained experience in communications, speech writing, and program management. 

Brenda studied creative writing and wrote poetry and short stories in university but it wasn't until 2004 that she published her first mystery for young adults. Brenda continues to make her home in Ottawa along with husband, Ted, where she is currently a senior communications advisor for Justice Canada. Brenda is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, Crime Writers of Canada, Canscaip, and the Canadian Children's Book Centre. In addition, she is past president of Capital Crime Writers, having served two terms as president from 2006 to 2008.

Selected Bibliography (mysteries)

The Jennifer Bannon Mystery Series (YA):
Running Scared
. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing, 2004
Hiding in Hawk's Creek. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing, 2006
Where Trouble Leads. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing, 2007
Trail of Secrets. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing, Spring 2009

Short stories:
"My Sister Caroline" in When Boomers Go Bad. Toronto: RendezVous Press, 2005
"True North" in Canadian Living, August 2001
"Thicker than Water" in Storyteller, Spring 2008


First place, 2008 Audrey Jessup Mystery Short Story Contest, for "Evening the Score"