Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific crime writers. Under the name of Eva Gates, she has published 3 Lighthouse Library mysteries with Berkley Prime Crime, and her fourth book in that series, The Spook in the Stacks, was released this June. Her newest cozy series, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries, began with Elementary She Read, the third in the successful series Cat of the Baskervilles was released in February 2018. She writes in several different subgenres: cozies, standalone novels of suspense; traditional village/police procedurals and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series. Vicki began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. But in the end the three daughters flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She now lives in Prince Edward County and writes whenever she feels like it. And, this year, is one of the chief organisers of the second Women Killing It conference taking place in Picton on Labour Day Weekend.
Caroline Everson was born in England and came to Canada with her family as a young child. She lived near Ottawa until age 11, then moved to Port Hope where she still lives today. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario she worked in banking, retail, and advertising & marketing for small businesses while raising three children. She also wrote. In the past, her work has been published in local newspapers and magazines, and she has won two writing contests with her short fiction. Some of her stories were included in “It Ain’t Shakespeare”, a collection published by Cobourg’s Pollard Writers Guild in 2004. Caroline’s first book sale came in 2007. “Ali Runs With the Pack” was part of an educational program from Scholastic Canada. Her picture book, “Song on the Wind”, was published at the end of 2017. It’s an end-of-the-day poem, beautifully illustrated by Anne Marie Bourgeois.
Sharon Ramsay Curtis has lived a very varied and multi-faceted creative life. She has been a poet, a teacher, a potter, a painter in watercolours, a maker of drawings, collector of words and a raconteur. Recently she has turned her attention to creating children’s stories. Her first book, Edward Covered is now in print and her second about Gladiola Groundhog is soon to be released.
Christopher Cameron enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional opera singer. He says he was never famous but he worked steadily and made a good living at his craft, performing on opera and concert stages across Canada. In 1989, he left full-time singing and began a career in the world of finance and technology, from which he retired in 2013. He spent the final years of his singing career as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, leaving in 2009, thirty-three years after he first started with the company. Several years ago he began writing. His first book, a memoir of his singing years, Dr. Bartolo’s Umbella and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life (Seraphim Editions) was published in 2017.
Eric E. Wright grew up in Toronto, studied forestry at the University of Toronto then transferred to Columbia International University in South Carolina to receive training in overseas ministry. There he met and married Mary Helen, a nurse from SC. Together they served in Pakistan for 16 years where, as a teaching missionary, Eric co-founded the Open Theological Seminary, which now serves over 2500 students. Upon their return to Canada he pastored a church in Toronto for nine years and though he wrote text-books for his students, the passion to write fiction became too strong to deny. Eleven of his books have been published. Eric & Mary Helen now live in Port Hope and have three married children and nine grandchildren.
Peter Lockyer worked as a journalist for many years in both Europe and Canada. He made countless video productions for CBC as an independent producer. He has also worked as a media trainer. In 2000 he returned to his home-town of Picton and became involved in efforts to restore a large Victorian cemetery. In order to capture the community’s attention and to raise funds, he developed the very successful History Moments Series which are played on several TV stations including CHEX in Peterborough, CKWS in Kingston, TV Cogeco and in several theatres as well as on-line. Peter is the chair of the Prince Edward County Heritage Advisory Committee.
Allyson Tufts is the author of LessonsFrom Behind the Glass. Allyson has always followed her passions in the careers she’s chosen, working as Campaign Manager for the United Way, when she and her team raised over a million dollars for the community; then working for Hospice– comforting the dying and also facilitating several grief support groups for both children and adults. Three years ago she returned to a career in Human Resources. Meanwhile she has been raising 2 children and become a passionate hockey Mom. Her book grew out of her experiences in the arena watching her son play.
This week a conversation with Bernie Morin who was a film producer/director of television and radio advertising in Toronto for about twenty years. He then purchased a summer house that he eventually discovered was heavily haunted. The journey that ensued as a result of that realisation changed his life. He wrote a short story which he put away for many years Much later two friends encouraged him to write the story into a play. Six years of revisions culminated in the play entitled “In Continuum”. It was produced this past year for 89.7 with the assistance of the Northumberland Players Guild.
Janet Kellough is well-known for her historical mystery series featuring circuit rider, Thaddeus Lewis. On a previous visit to Word on the Hills she discussed her novel Wishful Seeing, set in Cobourg, which was short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award Best Book category for 2016. She has since published a new Thaddeus novel Heart Balm Tort and released another book, this time set in the future. She also talks about the second, Women Killing It literary festival which she and Vicki Delany are organising over Labour Day weekend, since the first festival was such success last year.
An interview with William Donald McKay, who was born and raised in Bracebridge, Ontario. Don moved to Belleville in the summer of 1989.. There he worked at retouching colour film negatives by hand then setting up his own wedding photography business which he ran for a number of years. Don has had several cover photos and articles published in nationally distributed magazines. Having always been a writer, he recently decided he should start to publish. His creative focus now is on writing science fiction, and he has completed a trilogy of novels titledThe Lanark Chronicles which were released in 2013-2014. He is now working on a fourth novel at his home in Foxboro.