Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When Words Collide - August 12-14 in Calgary

This exciting annual festival of genre-crossing literature for readers and writers is happening soon.

2016 Honoured Guests:

Marty Chan - Steampunk/YA

Julie E. Czerneda - Science Fiction & Fantasy

Ian Hamilton - Mystery

Robert Runte - Five Rivers Publishing

Eve Silver - Romance

I'll be appearing on several panels and presenting a workshop for authors on reading aloud effectively, as well as attending several parties and of course cheering at the Aurora Awards ceremony following the Saturday evening banquet.

Watch this space for my schedule and other exciting news from the world of When Words Collide.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Another Day, Another Award Shortlisting!

What a summer it has been so far! 

First Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond made the Prix Aurora ballot. Then When the Flood Falls arrived on the Dundurn Unhanged Arthur Award shortlist, and, 5 weeks later, WON it. 

If that wasn't enough excitement in my fledgling career in long-form fiction, now Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond is on the shortlist for the Alberta Book Publishing Awards. 

For more on the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, click HERE

Maddie's up against 3 other authors' 2015 releases, including one from Tyche Books:  

Simon Rose's Flashback.

Well done, Simon, and best of good fortune to all four of us when the awards banquet rolls around in September.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Coming out

August 2016


Analemma Press

Watch for my story

When the Tide Burns

Among all those from these superb, multi-award-winning authors

Anthology sponsored by:
IFWA - Imaginative Fiction Writers Association Calgary

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Artie's Alberta Welcome Party

Calgary Crime Writers' annual barbecue featured a tribute to the Arthur Ellis Awards, and a group photo of all its members who have been shortlisted:

Best First Novel:  Axel Howerton, 2014 (centre)

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel::

  • Dwayne Clayden, 2015 (back row)
  • Alice Bienia 2016 (left)
  • Jayne Barnard 2011, 2016* (right)
* Winner of 2016 Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for When the Flood Falls, a suspenseful tale of danger, dogs and an out-of-control hockey player, all caught up in the swirling currents of the Elbow River in full flood.

Friday, May 27, 2016

And the Winners of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards for Canadian Crime Fiction Are...

Crime Writers of Canada announced the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award winners. Congratulations to All

Best Novel: Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Best First Novel: Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

The Lou Allen Memorial Award for Best Novella: Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts, Ghillinnein Books

Best Short Story: Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Best Book in French: Luc Chartrand, L'Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique

Best Juvenile/YA: Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books

Best Nonfiction: Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers

The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel:

 Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls

(Yes, that's my novel manuscript! So exciting!)

CWC also announced the 2016 Grand Master Winner Eric Wright. Eric Wright wrote eighteen crime novels, in four different series, as well as novels, a novella, and a memoir. Eric’s first novel, The Night the Gods Smiled (1983), won the first Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel, the John Creasey Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), and the City of Toronto Book Award. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000) won an Arthur and was nominated for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). His writing career spanned over forty years and his contribution to Canadian crime writing was, without question, immense. This was recognized in 1998 when Eric received the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian crime writing. Eric Wright passed away in October, 2015, shortly after being notified that he had been selected for the Grand Master Award. Eric continued writing until shortly before his death, and in May 2016, Cormorant Books released The Land Mine, a historical novel loosely based on Eric’s own childhood in World War II London.

Monday, May 23, 2016

If you haven't heard of this delightful Steampunk sport for ladies yet, here's the Parasol Dueling Regional Championships report to get you up to speed:

2016 Prairie Spring Regionals

  Photo credit to Karlo Keet of Catstar Images

For even more information on Parasol Dueling rules, outfits and people around the world who are participating, see

Madame Saffron Hemlock's Parasol Dueling League for Steampunk Ladies

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Why did Golden Age Detective Writers situate their Murder Mysteries on Holidays and Modes of Transport?

An excellent essay discussing the why, when, and how of Golden Age Crime Writers using travel in mystery fiction:
Is it just to dazzle the reader with exoticism and provide a means of escapism? Or is there something more to it? After a lot of head scratching and pondering here are 8 possible reasons I have come up with…
Golden Age Crime Writers 

All those early Agatha Christie travels in Mesopotamia had a decided influence on my fascination with deserts and excavations, which led - by a decades'-long reading line of mysteries by other authors - to my starting Maddie's debut adventure in Egypt.

Have you a favourite Golden Age mystery, or travel mystery of any era?