SAPL Author Reading Night – Pat Trudeau

Pat TruedeauThe author of four mystery novels, Patricia Trudeau, retired teacher, continues to write fiction and is anticipating the publication of a fifth novel in the Agnes Carroll, amateur sleuth series.  Moosehide Books of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has been publishing her work since 2003. Find her books at Moosehead Books and at the St. Albert Library


Pat's Book CoverAttention diverted by a dirty white rag hanging over the rim of the life boat, she watched curiously as the fabric slid down the side as if someone were pushing it out of the boat.  The rag, caught against a dangling rope, showing red blotches around a green shape on the soiled white background.  ‘A tie-dyed tee shirt?’

Follow Up to “Writing Dimensional Characters” Workshop

What a fun day–really enjoyed the questions!  Thanks to all who gave up their Saturday afternoon to attend the workshop. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s three things to know about writing characters:

  1. A character is made up of a number of factors, from physicality to socio-economic status, to family and education.
  2. The trick to good characters is how these factors influence the character & how these elements provide the personality bias through which the character views life (for example, most people think cats are stand offish and loners. Yet cats have over 200 distinct vocalizations. Common sense says any creature with that much vocabulary seeks to communicate, still, the myth of the antisocial cat persists).
  3. Your villain should be written not as the bad guy, but the guy whose agenda differes from the protagonist.

For more information, try these books:

Writing for Emotional Impact, by Karl Iglesias

The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, by James N. Frey

Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, by Blake Snyder



SAPL Author Reading Night – Bronwen Strembiski

strembiskiBronwen devotes her life to helping people understand the world of emotions, manners, and self-esteem. With a background in Child and Youth Care, Public Relations, and a Bachelor of Professional Arts, Bronwen has years of experience teaching and facilitating sessions. She has also taken a number of parenting courses, personality workshops, and psychology courses. A wife, and mother of two teen boys, Bronwen is a stay-at-home mom, community volunteer, writer, and entrepreneur. Currently has one novel and three picture books published. Another novel is seeking a publisher and two more are in progress.

cover2Written when Bronwen was 16 years old, Taking Control one girl’s journey from finding out she is pregnant to the delivery. How can Natalie have a baby when she is only 16? As Natalie explores her dreams and fears through journal entries, she finds herself connecting with the child. Seeking escape from the pressures, Natalie runs away to live with her older sister. Will she understand what Natalie is going through? As the months go by, Natalie knows she must face the reality of her pregnancy and decide what to do. The stigma of her pregnancy hits hard as Natalie finally understands the prejudice of her friends. No matter what, Natalie’s life will never be the same again.

Book availble through Lulu and Amazon: ISBN 978-1-105-11099-3 and as an ebook through smashwords and Amazon: ISBN 9781301731503

SAPL Author Reading Night – Erika Enjeneski

Intrigued and mesmerized by suspense and horror, the idea of “creatures” coming to life at night was aErikaHeadshot thrilling idea, which triggered her career. Erika resides in a quaint hamlet northwest of Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and dog where dark country nights add to her nightmarish and twisting plots.

Find out more about Erika: Facebook, Twitter, Blog


MOBfrontcoverAfter surviving the streets of Montreal for most of his life, Stone Rossi was beaten and left to die. Like a dark angel who sought to end his suffering, his life was left to the capricious desires of a vampire. Seeing that Stone refused to die peacefully, Mylana admired his will to survive. Leaving his humanity intact, she took him in. Fate tore his life asunder when against his will, and Mylana’s, he was embraced into the immortal family. Following his chaotic transformation, Stone falls for Olivia, a mortal woman who stirs a deadly obsession.

While unknown to Stone and others at La Maison Chantonnay, vampires are being tortured and eviscerated. With these grotesque murders making headlines, a new sovereignty is formed to combat the unknown enemy. Willing to risk their lives, they must keep their existence in the shadows or suffer genocide at the hands of humans.


SAPL Author Reading Night – Kimberly Gould

kimmydon2Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mom called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and daughter. She works part-time as an environmental consultant and uses the left over hours as an author. She has published three novels, Cargon: Honour and Privilege, it’s sequel, Cargon: Duty and Sacrifice, as well as Thickness of Blood.

Find her at: her website, Facebook, & Twitter

Cargon Duty and Sacrifice FINAL front COVER 1-14-13

In a post-apocalyptic world, Eve has discovered power of more than one nature. In Honour and Privilege, Eve became heir to the throne.

In Duty and Sacrifice, she explores and defines the power of the elite. At the same time, electricity is being harnessed for the first time in centuries, providing the first glimpse into the ancient people who left the world as it exists.

The horror of this revelation could shake their society as much or more than a servant becoming monarch.

Cargon: Duty & Sacrifice is Book II of the Cargon series.

SAPL Author Reading Night – Corinne Jefferey

Corinne_2-ThrivingCorinne Jeffery was born in a farmhouse in Duff, Saskatchewan in 1945, and raised in Manitoba from the age of five. A graduate of the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba, she is a former educator with Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. After many years in Winnipeg, she moved to St. Albert, Alberta, where she has been a long-time resident with her husband and family. Corinne has always been a writer at heart and finally put pen to paper for her first works of fiction, the Understanding Ursula trilogy. Thriving: 1920-1939 is her second novel.

Find out more about Corinne at and follow her on FB & Twitter:,  @corinnejeffery1.

Arriving book coverEngaging, enveloping, and emotional, Arriving: 1909–1919 is the first book in the Understanding Ursula series, which chronicles eighty years of Canadian history through the eyes of the Werners, a family of German Lutheran pacifists who fled Russia to pioneer the windswept Saskatchewan prairie.

Author Panel – SAPL Event

I’m SO–SSOOO–excited about the author panel on Tuesday February 5th!

Ever wonder what it took to be the Poet Laureate for Edmonton? How about
what it takes to write a comedy show for CBC or when to stop researching
cool Edmontonians and finally write about them for your book, Celebrating
Success? Then join Writer in Residence Natasha Deen as she talks with Mark
Kozub, Barbara North, & Anna Marie Sewell about the trials, tribulations,
and logistics of the writing business and how to have a life while being an

Location: Forsyth Hall

Registration: Please register by calling 780-459-1682 or stop by the
Information Desk on the 2nd floor.

Audience: Everyone

Times: February 5, 2013 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

St. Albert Public Library is located at:
St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, T8N 3Z9

Mark Kozub invites you to dream a little harder. He knows the merits of dreaming. As a kid, he used toMark-Kozub spend hours creating mock magazines, using his parents’ dining room table as his primary production facility. Now, Mark is a professional writer, an Edmonton author, a founding father of Edmonton’s Raving Poets movement, bassist with The Raving Poets Band, a teacher of writing classes for young people, and a principal of The Studio Group, a brand new Edmonton marketing and communications company.

With years of experience in magazine writing and radio broadcasting, Kozub has interviewed some fascinating people, ranging from CEOs to Megan (Anne of Green Gables) Follows, from singer Amanda Marshall and singer/author Mark Oliver Everett (of Eels) to former White House speechwriter David Frum to Dan, a 60 year old handyman with developmental disabilities and a love for 8-tracks by KISS.

Kozub resides in downtown Edmonton, and is steadfast in his dedication to inspiration, success, and the sincere gratitude that comes with meditation and dreaming. Visit him at

Barbara North is an award-winning stand-up comic, writer, and TV and radio presence  Barb North - r edwards photographywho has created, written, and starred in several television shows, including Army Brats, a national CBC TV comedy special, and A Total Write-Off!, a 13-episode comedy-variety series about writers. Barbara was also a writer-intern on the last season of CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce.  She performs stand-up on stages across Canada, was a winner in Yuk Yuks’ Best New Comic Contest, and appeared on Just for Laughs and She’s So Funny.  Her one-woman stage shows include My Incredibly Screwed-up Sisters, My Bollywood Best Friend’s Wedding, and Everything I DIDN’T Need to Know I Learned in Grade 9.  This year she’ll launch Lady Baba – My Polka Face and Forefathers – My A**! a comedic tribute to the unsung females of history.  Barbara was the female character announcer for Teletoon for seven years, and in the strange-but-true category, holds a Guinness World Record for appearing in the world’s longest stand-up comedy show.

Anna Marie Sewell’s first book of poetry, Fifth World Drum, (2009, Frontenac House) was ams-pic2nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award, City of Edmonton Book Prize,  the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award and the ReLit award. Fifth World Drum won critical acclaim across Canada, from Malahat Review to the Globe and Mail. She adapted and performed select pieces, with live soundscapes, as Suite: Fifth World Drum at the Talking Stick Festival February 21- 28th, part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Anna Marie earned a BA Special in Drama, with a minor in Spanish, from University of Alberta – via the scenic route, indulging curiosities about history, poetry, geography and more along the way.As Poet Laureate, Anna Marie  looks forward to collaborating with a broad range of people, and to serving our city with such tools as a poet may offer, to help build and develop our heart, our sense of ourselves as a community of creative possibilities.

Writer in Residence Retrospective – Marty Chan (2011)

Marty Chan – 2011 Writer in Residence

So, what is the 2011 WiR up to now?

1. What was the most memorable part of being the Writer in Residence?  Bar none, my favourite part of working as the Writer in Residence was meeting all the incredible writers in the city. I was constantly amazed at their talent and passion. For example, one of my clients contacted me a few months after our meeting to tell me he had found an agent for the manuscript he had shown me. Despite my lack of rhythm, I did a little happy dance for him.

2. Did your year of working with writers change the way you approach your writing? If so, how? My approach to writing hasn’t changed, but my appreciation for this community has grown. Edmonton has well over 70 groups devoted to some aspect of writing, and it speaks to how diverse our writing community is.

3. What projects are you currently working on? My third book in the Barnabas Bigfoot Series will be coming out in the fall of 2013, and I’m working on a steam punk novel for young adults. Hopefully that will come out in 2013 or 2014.

4. Where can readers find your latest work? My newest book is Barnabas Bigfoot: A Hairy Tangle. It’s the second in the series, and people can find it at bookstores and libraries across Canada.

5. What is your advice to writers? Don’t be afraid to fail, because failure is a sign that you’re trying something new and different. And when you do fail, remember that revision erases all evidence of that failure.

(Taken from EPL’s Bio)

marty_with_cat_no_creditMarty Chan is a quadruple threat with successes in theatre, television, radio and children’s fiction.

As a playwright, he’s best known for his Sterling Award-winning play Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl. The cross-cultural comedy has been produced at theatres across Canada and received an Off Broadway production. Theatre fans may have also seen his numerous Fringe plays, most notably The Bone House, which was a hit at both the Edmonton Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe. He served as the Citadel Theatre’s first playwright-in-residence (2002 – 2006), during which time he developed the Chinese opera/western musical theatre fusion play, The Forbidden Phoenix (music and lyrics by Robert Walsh).

Marty enjoyed five years working in Canadian television. He was the executive story editor of the Gemini Award-winning series Incredible Story Studio, which was broadcast around the world. He also worked on the one-hour TV series Jake and Kid and the half-hour youth series Mentors. In 1996, he wrote the TV pilot, The Orange Seed Myth and Other Lies Mothers Tell, which aired on CTV and earned him a Gemini nomination for best writing in a children’s/youth series and the Gold Medal for TV pilot at the Charleston World Television Festival.

Alberta audiences may have heard Marty on CBC Radio performing his light-hearted humour commentaries. The weekly Dim Sum Diaries ran from 1994 to 2000. He also claimed top prize for CBC Radio’s Alberta Anthology dramatic monologue competition 5 years in a row. He has written two radio plays (The Gift and Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl), which were broadcast nationally.

His first kids’ book, The Mystery of the Frozen Brains, won the 2005 City of Edmonton Book Prize and his second book, The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, earned the 2008 Diamond Willow Award and a nomination for best juvenile crime fiction from the Arthur Ellis Awards. His third book, The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher was shortlisted for the Golden Eagle Children’s Choice Award. He contributed “Driven” to Henry Chow and Other Stories, an anthology of short stories for young adults. He also wrote the picture book True Story (with illustrations by Lorna Bennett).

For his contributions to the arts, Marty received the Horizon Award from the University of Alberta as well as the Performance Award from the City of Edmonton.

Marty continues to write and live in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their two cats, Buddy and Max. In 2010, he launched his fourth book, The Mystery of the Cyber Bully. His next novel, The Barnabas Bigfoot Series: A Close Shave will be launched in the fall of 2011.


February Writing Prompt

February PrizeWell, it’s the month for love…and all the hype of love…

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a writing prompt about the WORST Valentine’s Day? C’mon, #YEG Writers, give it to us straight–come up with the best of the worst: we’re looking for the groan worthy–from pick up lines (Did it hurt when you fell from heaven) to horrible places for first dates (“I know! A tour of a meat packing facility!”). Can you come up with an actual scene of a horrible first date? What about Valentine’s Day cards you’ll never see?

Post them here or email Natasha (regionalwir (at) gmail (dot) com) and let’s see who wins for February!

And check out what’s up for grabs: Cultural Memories by Pamela McCallum & a $25 Gift card to Boston Pizza! Thanks to Angle Green, manager of the West Edmonton Boston Pizza & the Writers Guild of Alberta for the donations.