The Ultimate List of Basin Authors

Thanks to your suggestions, we have a compiled a list of your favourite Basin Authors. All authors are…

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Thanks to your suggestions, we have a compiled a list of your favourite Basin Authors.

All authors are located within the Columbia Basin region. Check out our list below to learn more about each author.

Deryn Collier

“Deryn Collier is the author of The Bern Fortin novels Confined Space and Open Secret, both published by Simon & Schuster Canada. Originally from Montreal, she is a graduate of McGill University. After a very short career as a federal bureaucrat she ran away to the mountains of British Columbia where she has been for over twenty years. She lives in Nelson, BC with her husband, sons and cats.” – Bio courtesy of Deryn Collier

You can find more information about Deryn on her website deryncollier.com.

Dave Butler

“Dave Butler is the author of the Jenny Willson mystery series, published by Dundurn Press. He’s a forester and biologist living in Cranbrook, British Columbia, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. He’s a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When he’s not writing, Dave is professionally involved in sustainable tourism at local, national and international levels and he travels extensively. He’s a Professional Author Member of the Crime Writers of Canada.” – Bio courtesy of Dave Butler

You can find more information about Dave at davebutlerwriting.com.

Elinor Florance

“Elinor Florence grew up on a Saskatchewan grain farm, a former World War Two training airfield near North Battleford.

After earning her English degree at the University of Saskatchewan, she studied journalism at Carleton University. She launched her career at her hometown newspaper The Battlefords Advertiser-Post, followed by The Western Producer in Saskatoon, The Red Deer Advocate in Alberta, The Winnipeg Sun in Manitoba, and The Province in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Weary of city life, Elinor and her husband moved their young family to the mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia. For the next eight years, she was a regular writer for Reader’s Digest.

She returned to her newspaper roots when she purchased a fledgling local newspaper, The Columbia Valley Pioneer, and turned it into an award-winning community staple.

Elinor sold the newspaper in 2010 to pursue her lifelong goal of writing fiction. Her first historical novel Bird’s Eye View was published by Dundurn Press of Toronto in 2014 and became a Canadian bestseller.” – Bio courtesy of Elinor Florance

Learn more about Elinor and her books at elinorflorence.com.

KATE ARMSTRONG

“My lucrative corporate career was never going to make me happy. When I could finally accept this, I was ready to make a change. Freedom came when I fully committed to my dream of living as a writer.” – Bio courtesy of Kate Armstrong

Kate, who is a former military officer, wrote about what it was like when she became the first female cadet admitted to the Royal Military College of Canada.

Learn more about Kate at katearmstrong.ca.

ROZ NAY

“Roz Nay’s debut novel, Our Little Secret, was a national bestseller, won the Douglas Kennedy Prize for best foreign thriller in France, and was nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Mystery and the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award. Roz has lived and worked in Africa, Australia, the US, and the UK. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two children.” – Bio courtesy of Roz Nay

You can find more information about Roz and her new book at roznay.com.

ANNE DEGRACE

“In 1981 I stumbled across the charming mountain town of Nelson, British Columbia, and never left. Here, I’ve raised kids while juggling myriad jobs, most of them involving books. In my early years here I had a used bookstore; for a time, I worked at the local independent bookstore; for the last 30 years, and to various degrees, my place has been at the Nelson Public Library.” – Bio courtesy of Anne Degrace

Learn more about Anne and her novels at annedegrace.ca.

TOM WAYMAN

“Tom Wayman’s long writing career includes more than twenty poetry collections, three collections of critical and cultural essays, three books of short fiction, and a novel. His honours include being named a Vancouver BC literary landmark.” – Bio courtesy of Tom Wayman

Learn more about Tom and his work at tomwayman.com.

Jane Byers

“Jane Byers lives with her wife and two children in Nelson, British Columbia. She writes about human resilience in the context of raising children, lesbian and gay issues, sexism, local geography and health and safety in the workplace. She spent many years working for the City of Toronto in corporate health and safety and now works at WorkSafeBC where she continues to facilitate resilience in injured workers. She has had poems, essays and short fiction published in a variety of books and literary magazines in Canada, the US, and the UK, including BEST CANADIAN POETRY ANTHOLOGY, GRAIN, RATTLE, DESCANT, THE ANTIGONISH REVIEW, THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HOCKEY LITERATURE and OUR TIMES. She is a three-time winner of the Nelson and District Poetry Competition.” – Bio courtesy of Jane Byers

Learn more about Jane and her work at janebyerspoetry.com.

Angues Abdou

“Angie Abdou is a Canadian author who has published seven books, including The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque). Chatelaine magazine named Angie’s most recent novel, In Case I Go, one of the most-riveting mysteries of 2017, and The Vancouver Sun called it a “spectacularly successful” novel.  It was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Award, in the fiction and poetry category.  With her seventh book, Abdou turns her attention to nonfiction.  Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom chronicles the year in the life of a busy sport family.  A starred review in Booklist calls Home Ice a first-rate memoir, a fine example of narrative nonfiction, and a must-read for parents with youngsters in organized sport. Angie is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.” – Bio courtesy of Angi Abdou

Learn more about Angie on her website abdou.ca.

Galadriel Watson

“I‘m Galadriel Watson. I’ve been writing since childhood, when I penned the spellbinding “Amy Goes to the Olympics”—typed by my grandmother on a manual typewriter, illustrated by me and bound in green construction paper.

I’ve since honed my skills through years of practice, plus through my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where I won the 2016 Penguin Random House/Hazlitt Award in Creative Writing. I also have a Bachelor of Arts With Distinction in Writing from the University of Victoria, plus completed Humber College’s Creative Writing by Correspondence program.

My 24th non-fiction book for children, Running Wild, was published in April 2020 by Annick Press, following 2019’s Extreme Abilities. I have also published over 50 articles for children in magazines like Brainspace, Muse and Ask.

My writing for adults has been published in places like The Globe and Mail, Discover magazine, The Washington Post and the Montreal Gazette, and my comics have been published by The Washington Post and others. I have taught creative writing at Camosun College in Victoria, BC.”– Bio courtesy of Galadriel Watson

Learn more about Galadriel on her website galadrielwatson.com.

JANE FRANCES POWELL

“I am an author and have published a novel, a nature guidebook, as well as some short stories, articles and opinion pieces. My second novel, about the experiences of teens in youth protection in Montreal, is currently in the works.” – Bio courtesy of Jane Frances Powell

Learn more about Jane on her website janepowell.org.

TONY BERRYMAN

“Tony Berryman dreams in stories. Occasionally he’s fast enough to write a few of them down.

After getting his start in Nova Scotia he moved to the mountains and then the West Coast. He has worked as a taxi driver, museum guide, apple picker, snowplow driver and desk jockey. He spent 17 years as a Registered Massage Therapist, including 12 as a travelling therapist in Greater Vancouver.

Berryman has intended to write stories since middle school and is finally getting around to it with massage therapy thrillers. He was a finalist for the Young Canadian Writers Award in 1982. The Night Nurse is his first novel.” – Bio courtesy of Tony Berryman

Learn more about Tony and The Night Nurse at tonyberryman.com

MAUREEN THORPE

“I have  been a nurse on two continents, a running coach, a yoga teacher, a world traveller and am now the author of my debut novel ‘Tangle of Time’. I can also lay claim to having completed one marathon, two triathlons and did not finish last.”– Bio courtesy of Maureen Thrope

Learn more about Maureen at maureenthorpe.com

JG TOEWS

“I’ve loved to write ever since I could hold a pencil and make meaningful squiggles on a page. As a kid, I published neighbourhood news at twenty-five cents a pop, then went on to be editor of two school newspapers. My parents saw a future for me as a novelist but I had other ideas. Still, even as a public health nutritionist I found myself writing workbooks, technical reports, and newspaper columns, finally teaming up with journalist Nicole Parton to pen three non-fiction books about healthy living (Key Porter Books). These days I embrace the writing life my parents envisioned for me. Why mysteries? I love to read them and I suppose it was my training in health sciences that sparked a fascination with forensics”. – Bio courtesy of JG Toews

Learn more about JG Toews at jgtoews.com

KEITH POWELL

“Keith Powell is a life-long resident of the Kootenays.  He is the former publisher at Koocanusa Publications Inc., in Cranbrook.  He has a keen interest in local history and the lives of the many colourful characters who at one time or another called the Kootenays home.  He retried as publisher of Kootenay Business magazine in September 2019.” – Bio courtesy of Keith Powell

Learn more about his novels at wildhorsecreekpress.com

SHELBY CAIN

“Shelby Cain was raised in Cranbrook, British Columbia, where she developed an obsession for nature and adrenaline. She now lives an hour away in Fernie with her husband and two young daughters. Writing is a new and exhilarating passion she has explored since having her children. She writes short stories, magazine articles, and a monthly column about her life for Fernie Fix magazine entitled “Family Stoke.” Mountain Girl is her first novel.”– Bio courtesy of Oolichan Books

Learn more about Shelby and her work at oolichan.com

HEATHER MCLEOD

“I am a writer and blogger living in Invermere, BC, Canada. We live in the beautiful Columbia Valley, between the Rocky mountain and Purcell mountain ranges.

I write about women (sometimes fictional, sometimes myself) working through their grief to help and reconnect with the world.” – Bio courtesy of Heather Mcleod

Learn more about Heather at heatherwmcleod.com

TOM GREENTREE

“I’m proud to be married to Tennille and thrilled to be the father of two great teenage boys. I am the lead pastor of a great church in the Kootenay Mountains of the Creston Valley, British Columbia. As a family, we run a little farm where we grow our own food and love the land God gave us.

I’m passionate about helping people grow in all the relationships that matter–our relationship with God, with each other, with God’s creation, and even within ourselves. That’s why I write: I believe God wants us all to flourish across all these relationships, so we can live a truly whole life.” – Bio courtesy of Tom Greenttree

Learn more about Tom and his work at tomgreentree.com

CHRIS BRAUER

“Chris Brauer lives in British Columbia, Canada where he splits his time between writing and teaching. He has recently completed a travel memoir about living in the Sultanate of Oman, and is currently working on a book about his travels in Ireland. He is also working on his first collection of poetry. He enjoys traveling, eating out, and wearing wool sweaters. He writes with a Visconti fountain pen.”
 Bio courtesy of Chris Brauer

Learn more about Chris at chrisbrauerwriter.com

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