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On The Grill: Dea Poirier talks about issues with the media, likable & unlikable characters, trauma, and the hardest part of writing her new book, Beneath the Ashes

Dea Poirier’s new book, Beneath the Ashes, is on sale today. You can read my review here. Sandra Ruttan: Your debut novel, Next Girl to Die, came out in May of this year. You’re about to have book 2 be released in a few weeks. Can you tell us about the best author moment you had when...

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Flashback: In Conversation with Anthony Bidulka

Sandra: Let’s start on background. Where did you grow up? Anthony: I grew up on a farm. I’m a farm boy. About an hour outside of Saskatoon. Spent all my years there until I went to university in Saskatoon. For me, as I think for a lot of kids from rural areas, you move to...

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On The Grill: Nick Kolakowski on Storytelling, Social Media, and how Hurricane Sandy led to Maxine

Sandra Ruttan: Total geek writer question. You chose to segment this story and allude to missing gaps in Maxine’s history. Did you write those bits or outline what happened during those gaps?  Nick Kolakowski: I did not write those bits! But I know what happens during them. I’ve been trying mightily over the past few...

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Flashback Interview: Critically-Acclaimed Author of THE 50/50 K ILLER, STEVE Mosby Talks About Publisher Support, The Challenges of Writing Full Time, and What’s Next

Sandra: You’re a fan of Michael Marshall Smith. What elements of his work do you think have carried over to your own? Steve: I read his first book, Only Forward, when it came out – a wonderful, random purchase – and it totally blew me away; I’ve been an avid reader ever since. The most...

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Barbara Winkes on the Critical Life Events that Shaped Her and Her Latest Release and Work in Progress

Sandra Ruttan: What’s your new book/work in progress about?  Barbara Winkes: I have just introduced the all new covers for my Carpenter/Harding series. The next release will be #9, Implications, in which the protagonists Jordan Carpenter and Ellie Harding have to solve a murder that happened a long time ago. At the moment I’m writing...

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Besotted: Melissa Duclos Chats About Her Latest Novel

Besotted begins with an ending. Sasha is alone and preparing to leave her home of four years after being betrayed and abandoned by her girlfriend Liz. Before she can say goodbye to Shanghai, though, she has to solve the mystery of why Liz left her.  Practice pitching: tell us what your new book is about...

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Flashback: 20 Questions … with H. Mel Malton

Canadian author H. Mel Malton answers questions about writing, her life and herPolly Deacon mystery series, published by RendezVous Press. Sandra Ruttan: What was the first book you read that had a profound influence on you as a person and how did it affect you? H. Mel Malton: I don’t think I can name one...

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Interview: Rusty Barnes – the editor, the writer, the man

The Editor Sandra Ruttan: You’re the editor of Tough. How long have you been running this crime fiction ‘zine? Rusty Barnes: Tough has been online officially since July 2017, though we ran a couple reviews before we officially launched. Sandra Ruttan: You specifically ask for crime fiction stories, as opposed to mysteries, etc. What is...

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Flashback: A Journey Into the Mind of Allan Guthrie

Sandra Ruttan: What is the most traumatic thing that’s ever happened to you? Allan Guthrie: Something happened when I was fifteen, but it was so traumatic I can’t remember it. Sandra Ruttan: So the therapy didn’t take? Allan Guthrie: Traumatised the therapist. Sandra: Tell us about the male grad student who’s in love with you....