As part of our mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers, we are providing on this page some very brief bios and links to our Full Member Authors.
We have also periodically published featured interviews in the Criminal Intent column of our bi-monthly member newsletter, Crime Scene.
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Carolyn Arnold is an international best-selling and award-winning author of several mystery series. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary presses and anthologies, including The Whole She-Bang 2
. She is the author of the Emily Taylor Mystery series.
Anne Barton is a retired veterinarian and flight instructor. She has written eight mystery novels in two series; the Robin Carruthers series featuring a flight school operator and set in British Columbia, and the Dr. Erica Merrill series featuring a female veterinarian. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including the recent World Enough and Crime.
- 2001 Bony Pete Short Story Contest (Bloody Words): "A Trip to Toronto"
Karen’s sharp-bladed fiction cuts to the heart of the emotions driving her characters in desperate situations. Her short story, "The Hunter", was featured in our first anthology The Whole She-Bang
Author of the Threadville cozy mystery series. Her books have been nominated for both Agatha
and Bony Blithe
His short story crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
, Shotgun Honey
, Out of the Gutter
, Noir Nation
, and numerous anthologies. Stinking Rich
is his debut novel, a crime fiction laced with dark humour. He is also the co-host for the Noir at the Bar
A former journalist and TV news assignment editor, her short stories display the fast-paced gritty writing style developed while covering political speeches and murder trials. Her short stories have appeared an a variety of anthologies, including The Whole She-Bang 2
Billed as Canada's "Queen of Comedy" by the Toronto Sun, she is the author of the award-winning Goddaughter mystery series. She has over 200 publications including 100 comedy credits, and 40 short stories. She writes a humour column for The Sage, Canada's magazine of satire and opinion, and for Sleuthsayers, the Criminal Blog.
- 2014 Arthur Ellis Award Winner for Best Crime Novella: The Goddaughter’s Revenge
- 2014 Derringer Award Winner for Best Novelette: The Goddaughter’s Revenge
- 2015 Hamilton Reads Award for significant contribution to literacy in Hamilton
A refugee from the mind-numbing corporate world, Susan has found peace and happiness killing off deserving victims. Daly is a prolific short story writer and her works can be found in our anthologies, The Whole She-Bang 2
, and the recently launched The Whole She-Bang 3
, as well as the SinC Guppies' Fish Out of Water
anthology due out in 2017.
Lisa de Nikolits
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003. She has six published novels, including Between the Cracks She Fell
and the recently released The Nearly Girl
. She has published several short stories including one in the recently published mystery anthology The Whole She Bang 3
- 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal
for Women's Issues Fiction: The Hungry Mirror
- 2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction: West of Wawa
- 2014 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction: A Glittering Chaos
A National Newspaper Award winner for feature writing, she was a staff writer at The Toronto Star for more than 25 years. In addition to her non-fiction book, Morgentaler, A Difficult Hero, she has written two books of young adult fiction related to the much-heralded Canadian television series, Degrassi High. Her short story has been published in the mystery anthology Thirteen.
Born in northern England, Alice Fitzpatrick was raised in Ontario, where she began to write as soon as she could pick up a pen. The author of the Kate Galway mysteries set on an island off the coast of Wales, Toward the Pebbled Shore
was a finalist for the 2013 Malice Domestic Unpublished Novel Award, and This Thing of Darkness
was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2015 Killer Nashville Claymore Award. Fitzpatrick's short story, "Summer of the Black Madonna", appears in The Whole She-Bang 3
A national best-selling, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of romantic fiction, Kate started telling stories with happy endings when she was a small child. Freiman has written 8 novels and several short stories, one of which can be found in the mystery anthology Villanous Vacations.
A funeral director, fiction writer, and wildlife enthusiast, her first book in the Heuer series, Heuer Lost and Found created a lawyer protagonist who is "complex, layered, and very dead". Her second novel, Scooter Nation is completely different in tone despite being set in the same funeral parlor as the first book.
- 2015 Best Horror Novel
for Heuer Lost and Found
- 2016 Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing: New Apple Medalist Winner - Horror for Heuer Lost and Found
- 2016 SIBA Best Humor Winner for Scooter Nation
- 2016 Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing: New Apple Medalist Winner - Humor for Scooter Nation
Gina Grant (aka Storm Grant)
Prolific author Grant writes "wacky urban fantasy" as Gina - the Reluctant Reaper series - and action-filled adventures featuring gay heroes as Storm.
When her job working for Disease Control put her in the middle of a murder case, it changed her life. Instead of going into law enforcement or the forensic sciences she became a crime writer. Her debut novel, Windigo Fire
, was a 2015 Finalist for the Unhanged Arthur Award before being picked up by a publisher.
Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including World Enough and Crime
. As the founder of the Mesdames of Mayhem
she has published in their two anthologies: Thirteen
and 13 O'Clock
. Callway's most recent publication is her collection of short stories, Glow Grass and Other Tales
- 2005 Golden Horseshoe Award (Crime Writers of Canada) for Best Short Story: “Kill the Boss”
- 2012 Bony Pete Award for best short story: “The Lizard”
Margaret Hefferman (aka Maighread MacKay)
Author and visual artist, she has published three children's books, and her debut adult novel, Stone Cottage, was released in 2015. MacKay has also contributed to three anthologies. Her multi-genre writing focuses on "Ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night. Ancient mysteries and the riddles of our vast universe."