Meet Michael Croucher who served on the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department for 18 years, and was a member of The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigating organized crime. During his police career, he realized that some criminals study police tactics almost as much as the police do, and that has made for some good glue for his crime fiction. His career in law enforcement was followed by a long business career, mostly in the financial service industry. He has studied creative writing at York University, The University of Toronto, and Ryerson. He’s a double-award winning writer. He won the Toronto Writers and Editors Fiction Contest (2012). And a Joseph Smerdelj Short Story Award in 2020. Mike and his wife are retired in a small Ontario town. They have two married daughters, and five grandchildren.
This week we talk with Carol Anne Judd. Carol Anne is a mother, poet, fine arts photographer, multi-faith minister, nurse, person with a disability, searching for truth and beauty. She has collected a number of degrees in her travels as well as a voracious appetite for poetry. She has published her poetry in various anthologies and other publications, including her first book of poetry, Sleeping Naked. She recently released her second book of poetry, Living Things. Please join us.
Welcome once again to Word on the Hills! And to our eighth anniversary show. In 2013 Gwynn and I made a proposal to 89-7 FM to make 12 shows about writers, editors, publishers and readers in Northumberland and began recording them in the months of experimentation as the station was set up. By February 2014 we had learnt a lot from our tutors at the station, and were able to take over production of the show. As the months and years went by, we were happily surprised to find that there was no dearth of regional writers and others involved with editing and publishing who were interested in being our guests. So this Sunday, join me, Felicity Sidnell Reid, my two co-hosts Gwynn Scheltema and Chris Cameron and our guests this week, Erin Silver, Heather O’Connor, Marie Prins and Ted Staunton who have successfully launched new books amid the challenges of 2020. After the break Shane Joseph and Kim Aubrey will be here to discuss a new collaborative project to be published in March/April, 2021.
We are pleased to have crime novelist and poet J. D. Carpenter, known as David, with us today. David grew up in Toronto, earned degrees at York University and Queen’s University, taught high school English for 25 years at Leaside High School in Toronto, and ran the Special Education programme for 14 of those years. David began his writing career as a poet but in 2001 he turned to writing fiction, primarily murder mysteries. He and his wife Karen live in Prince Edward County. Between them they have five children and eight grandchildren.