Writers Write

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 headshot of Carolyn Arnold

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. 
@Carolyn_Arnold     Author Carolyn Arnold

Catherine Astolfo headshot of Catherine Astolfo

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. 
@CathyAstolfo     Catherine Astolfo

Anne Barton headshot of Anne Barton

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. Barton has also written one novel and two novellas using the pen name Carolyn Dale. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including our third mystery anthology, The Whole She-Bang 3.
- 2001 Bony Pete Short Story Contest (Bloody Words): "A Trip to Toronto"

Karen Blake-Hall headshot of Karen Blake-Hall

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.
@Karenblakehall     KarenBlakeHall.author

Janet Bolin headshot of Janet Bolin

Author of the Threadville cozy mystery series. Her books have been nominated for both Agatha and Bony Blithe awards.

Alison Bruce headshot of Alison Bruce

@alisonebruce     Alison Bruce

Rob Brunet headshot of Rob Brunet

His short story crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, Noir Nation, Crimespree, 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 reading series. 
@RRBrunet     AuthorRobBrunet

Linda Cahill headshot of Linda Cahill

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.

@lindamarycahill     LindaCahill.author

Melodie Campbell headshot of Melodie Campbell

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.
@MelodieCampbell     MelodieCampbellAuthor
- 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

Margaret Cook headshot of Margaret Cook

Lorraine Crowston headshot of Lorraine Crowston

@lccrowston     Lorraine Crowston

Susan Daly headshot of Susan Daly

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.
@dalyghttyme     Susan Daly
- 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story: "Death at the Parsonage", The Whole She-Bang 3 mystery anthology

Lisa de Nikolits headshot of 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.
@lisadenikolits     Lisa de Nikolits Author
- 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

Catherine Dunphy headshot of Catherine Dunphy

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.
@CADunphy     Catherine.Dunphy

Alice Fitzpatrick headshot of Alice Fitzpatrick

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.

@alicefitzp     alicefitzp

Kate Freiman headshot of Kate Freiman

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.
@KateFreiman     KateFreimanAuthor

A.B. Funkhauser headshot of A. B. Funkhauser

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. 
@iamfunkhauser     HeuerLostandFound
- 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

Joseph Glazner headshot of Joseph Glazner

Gina Grant (aka Storm Grant) headshot of Gina Grant

Prolific author Grant writes "wacky urban fantasy" as Gina - the Reluctant Reaper series - and action-filled adventures featuring gay heroes as Storm.
@GinaXGrant     Gina.X.Grant

Madeleine Harris-Callway headshot of M. H. Callway

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 
@mcallway    Madeleine Harris-Callway
- 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) headshot of 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." 

Penny Johnston headshot of Penny Johnston

Marilyn Kay headshot of Marilyn Kay

After running her consulting business for years, Kay has now turned to penning murderous short stories for several magazines and anthologies. Two of her short stories will be published in the following: Passport to Murder, the anthology for Bouchercon 2017; and, 13 Claws, an upcoming anthology by the Mesdames of Mayhem 

Heather MacDonald-Archer headshot of Heather MacDonald-Archer

Drawing on almost 40 years experience as an editor, reporter and feature writer, MacDonald-Archer has published short stories in the mystery anthologies Nefarious North, The Whole She-Bang 2, and The Whole She-Bang 3

Maighread MacKay headshot of Maighread MacKay

Rosemary McCracken headshot of Rosemary McCracken

As a journalist, Rosemary McCracken has worked as a reporter, editor and editorial writer on newspapers across Canada for over 25 years. Author of the Pat Tierney mystery series, McCracken's short stories have appeared in mystery anthologies such as The Whole She-Bang, Nefarious North, Thirteen, and World Enough and Crime. Her short story, "The Sweetheart Scamster", was short-listed for the 2014 Derringer Award. 

DJ McIntosh headshot of DJ McIntosh

Dorothy McIntosh submitted The Witch of Babylon, the first of what would become the Babylon Trilogy novels, to Crime Writers of Canada. The book made the Debut Dagger short-list and won the Unhanged Arthur Award. This watershed moment launched her writing career. The other two books in the trilogy are The Book of Stolen Tales and The Angel of Eden. A member of the Mesdames of Mayhem, McIntosh continues to write mystery short stories as well as her historical novels.
- 2008 Arthur Ellis Award (Unhanged Arthur) for Best Unpublished First Novel: The Witches of Babylon

Lesley Mang headshot of Lesley Mang

Lesley Mang is a former English teacher and editor, actively involved in the Sisters in Crime/mystery community. Published works include book-length non-fiction and mystery short stories, the latter of which have appeared in both The Whole She-Bang and The Whole She-Bang 2

J. A. Menzies headshot of J. A. Menzies

A prolific author of both non-fiction and fiction, including the Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan mystery series - classic whodunits set in contemporary Toronto. J. A. Menzies is the mystery pseudonym of writer and speaker N. J. Lindquist

Rick Mofina headshot of Rick Mofina

A stint as a rookie reporter at The Toronto Star launched him on a career in journalism that spanned three decades and several newsrooms. Author of both standalone novels and four thriller series - featuring Kate Page, Jack Gannon, the Jason Wade trilogy, and the 5-book Reed-Sydowski series.
- 2003 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel: Blood of Others

Lynne Murphy headshot of Lynne Murphy

Helen Nelson headshot of Helen Nelson

Helen Nelson has been actively involved in the Sisters in Crime/mystery community since its inception. Her short stories have appeared in several mystery anthologies, including all three of ours: The Whole She-Bang , The Whole She-Bang 2, and the recently published The Whole She-Bang 3 

Carol Newhouse headshot of Carol Newhouse

Her short story, "The Fifth Digit", appeared in our second mystery anthology, The Whole She-Bang 2 

Nanci Pattenden headshot of Nanci Pattenden

A genealogist and fiction writer, with non-fiction articles in Indyfest, The Attic, Ancestors, and Site Lines, Pattenden is currently working on a collection of detective stories set in Victorian Toronto, as well as a novel based on an 1891 murder involving a young relative.

Judy Penz Sheluk headshot of Judy Penz Sheluk

Judy works as a freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry; her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications. Sheluk has written two mystery novels: The Hanged Man’s Noose and Skeletons in the Attic. A prolific short story writer, Sheluk has been published in several mystery anthologies, including The Whole She-Bang 2 and The Whole She-Bang 3. She has also published two collections of her fiction work. 

Ed Piwowarczyk headshot of Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk is a veteran journalist who has worked for the National Post, Toronto Sun and Sault Star. As well, he has edited Harlequin novels on a freelance basis, and is currently a freelance editor. His short stories have been published in several anthologies, including World Enough and Crime, 13 O’Clock, and The Whole She-Bang 3

Andre Ramshaw headshot of Andre Ramshaw

His short story, "The Finest Quality", appears in our third mystery anthology, The Whole She-Bang 3 

Steve Shrott headshot of Steve Shrott

Steve is an award-winning comedy and mystery short story writer. His stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies including The Whole She-Bang and The Whole She-Bang 2. Shrott has written two mystery novels, Audition for Death and Dead Men Don't Get Married,and contributed to the "collaborative novel" Chasing the Codex written by 24 authors!

Madona Skaff headshot of Madona Skaff


Susan Smily headshot of Susan Smily

Jennifer Soosar headshot of Jennifer Soosar

Jennifer has written dozens of screenplays and short stories. Her first novel, Parent Teacher Association,is a psychological suspense sent in an elementary school.

Writers' Resources

How to Write A Mystery -- So you wanna be a writer? Join the club! Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper series, offers lessons here.

250 Things You Should Know About Writing by Chuck Wendig

Bartleby.com -- Gray's Anatomy, Bartlett's Quotations and other useful references.

Writer Beware a blog sponsored by MWA and SFWA keeps an eye on news and views but especially ripoffs and other perils of the publishing industry. Required reading for writers, fascinating reading for industry watchers.