This week meet Liz Torlee. Liz grew up in England and worked in Germany before emigrating to Canada in her early twenties. During her career in advertising and market research, she’s had a wide range of articles, reports and points of view published. But her real love has always been fiction. She has written short stories and poems for many years and became serious about her novel and the possibility of getting it published about five years ago. The Way Things Fall, will be published by Blue Denim Press in Oct 2020. Liz lives with her husband in Toronto. She loves reading, star-gazing, all animals and all kinds of travel.
Vanessa Westermann’s debut mystery, An Excuse For Murder, was published in 2019 by The Wild Rose Press. An avid reader of mysteries, Vanessa is a former Arthur Ellis Awards judge, and has given a talk on the evolution of women’s crime writing, at the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She holds an M.A. in English Literature, as well as a Bachelor of Education, and has taught creative writing. Her blog, “Vanessa’s Picks”, features literary reviews and author interviews. She is a member of both Crime Writers of Canada and The International Thriller Writers. Vanessa’s short story “Medicine” is appearing in Carrick Publishing’s latest crime anthology, A Grave Diagnosis. Using Zoom, we talk to Vanessa in Germany where she has been since the Covid pandemic cancelled her flight home
This week we are re-broadcasting a show we made a year ago with S.M Hurley. She grew up in Ottawa and at the family cottage on the Rideau Lake system, which is very much in her bones. It’s on the same lake as the Queen’s Biology station. Each summer she saw adults spending their time pottering about having a blast. She thought this wonderful, so off she went to Queens and did a biology degree, then a Masters and then began a PhD which got hijacked by her going to law school which is another story. She’s been a small-town lawyer in Picton her entire career. She’s always written, both as a lawyer and as a “writer”. BLACKWATER BLUFF is the first novel she’s let out of the gate. Along the way there was always the cottage, to which she and her partner will retire in the very near future. Then she hopes to get back to where she started, chasing birds and insects, and writing. She is now doing a final edit on her second novel and has started her third.
Known as “The History Guy of Brighton” Dan Buchanan is engaged in many activities related to local and Ontario history, he is a frequent speaker to historical and social organizations, the author of three books and the founder of Brighton History Week. In 2015 Dan published his first book, Murder in the Family: The Dr. King Story. His third book is being released in August 2020, entitled The Wreck of HMS Speedy: The Tragedy That Shook Upper Canada. Dan is a founder of the annual Brighton History Week. Since 2000 Dan has done community genealogy research and provides the details at www.treesbydan.com. He has a database of well over 100,000 individuals radiating out from his own families who settled in the north end of Brighton Township.