J.E. (Jayne) Barnard

J.E. (Jayne) Barnard of Calgary writes award-winning short fiction
and the Prix-Aurora nominated YA novellas, the Maddie Hatter Adventures. Her 2018 new release, When the Flood Falls, won the 2016 Unhanged Arthur and debuts The Falls Mysteries, a new psychological suspense series from Dundurn Press. 
Her work has won the 2016 Dundurn Unhanged Arthur, the 2011 Bony Pete, and the 1990 Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award, and been shortlisted for the Prix Aurora, the Debut Dagger, the Book Publishing in Alberta Award, and numerous short fiction prizes.

A graduate of the University of Regina, Jayne attended high school first on a NATO base in Germany and then in Kapuskasing, Ontario, where her Air Force father was posted next. Her childhood of camping, boating and fishing fostered a love for the wilderness and a passionate respect for the environment. Her happiest times were either out in the woods or holed up in a library. She performed in church musicals and community theatre before beginning her theatrical studies at university. She volunteered with Transition House, worked for the Mental Health Association, created cultural awareness programs and delivered them in playgrounds, and wrote a docu-drama about intergenerational domestic violence (Daddy Is Not Like Grandpa) which she filmed at the Moose Jaw community television station with student actors.

Like author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken), Jayne was struck down in university by a crippling neuro-immune illness, ME/CFS. In the space of two months she went from being an active jogger, hiker, bicyclist, and cross-country skier to near bed-bound, from considering -20 degrees a good cross-country skiing day to huddling under heated blankets most of the year. Between relapses she completed degrees in Psychology and Theatre, raised three children, and wrote. Her worst relapse, striking halfway through the first draft of Whenthe Flood Falls, left her struggling to swallow a smoothie or compose a two-line email. Over the next five years she gradually taught herself to eat again, then to write again, and then to walk again.

Eventually, as a means to revisit the wilderness areas she loves from the recliner where she passes most of her days, Jayne finished writing When the Flood Falls, the novel that won the Unhanged in 2016. Flood is launching in July 2018 from Dundurn Press of Toronto. Two more in The Falls Mysteries are in development, each rooted in the society, politics, and geography of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.

Jayne is a past VP of Crime Writers of Canada, a founder of Calgary CrimeWriters, and a member of Sisters In Crime. She is represented by Olga Filina of The Rights Factory.