Novelist Laurie Scott has always had a creative drive that compelled her to pursue many interests. Writing and painting are high on that list. Recognizing the importance of establishing a secure future, she chose to earn a degree in Education and spent the next thirty-two years enjoying a busy and rewarding career as a teacher. Following her retirement she turned more of her attention to the goals that had been sidelined for so long. As an artist, she had been exhibiting and selling her work for many years, and she continues to do so. As a writer, she has now published two mystery/crime novels and she returns to Word on the Hills to talk about her recent release A MURDER OF CROWES.
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Catskill Summer Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane. Her latest novel A Three Book Problem, the seventh in her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, was released this past week.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Terry Fallis is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers, including his most recent, Operation Angus, 2021 all published by McClelland & Stewart. His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans (2008),won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.“ . Terry’s fourth novel, No Relation (2014), hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. Terry has written for many publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. Terry earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University (1983) where he became engulfed in university politics and somehow persuaded the undergraduates to elect him President of the Students Union.
Today we are rebroadcasting one of our favourite conversations from 2021 with Carol Anne Judd. Carol Anne is a mother, poet, fine arts photographer, multi-faith minister, nurse, and a 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.