Amy was born in a small town in the Eastern townships. Growing up with all brothers she was involved in Boy scouts, Martial arts, was the first Female Wrestler at her High School and loved anything to do with the outdoors. Prior to having her son she owned her own restaurant until her son was born and then became a personal chef at the estate her husband worked at. Being surrounded by family and friends always helped inspire her to create her cookbooks which then led to her novels. Working up the courage she published her first in the Stone Mountain Series which has sold world wide. Currently between being an executive chef, relaxation therapist, blogger and novelist she enjoys plenty of time to relax and volunteer for the Handicap Ski Foundation. All of her accomplishments are largely due to the support of her husband Nick and son Zack and of course her family and friends.
Julian Armstrong is a Montreal food writer and author of Made In Quebec: A Culinary Journey (HarperCollins, 2014). She has been reporting on food, gastronomy, nutrition, food marketing and - her specialty - regional Quebec cuisine, for decades in Montreal newspapers. Currently she writes a weekly column in the Montreal Gazette called Six O'Clock Solution.
Munira Judith Avinger moved from Bellingham, WA, to Quebec in 1990 where she built a cabin in the forest and wrote several books, the latest of which is a memoir called The Cabin. Munira has studied various spiritual traditions, including Yoga and Sufism. She enjoys giving poetry readings, writing workshops and leading Dances of Universal Peace. Her most valued time is spent working in her organic garden, wandering through the forest, watching buds open in the spring and leaves fall in the autumn or sitting by the window in the winter meditating on the moonlight shining through the icicles hanging from the roof of her cabin.
A challenging career in the Canadian Air Force left David Edmond divorced and hospitalized for depression. As he struggled to recover, Edmond found new hope nurturing his writing talent and developing an understanding of the importance of exercise when faced with adversity. Shortly before his retirement he met his second wife. The joy of their union was short lived as she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This unexpected five year caregiving leaning curve along with his previous experiences contributed to his two novels: A World Diverse I & II.
Michel Lavoie has enjoyed a successful career in television and communications. He has also accumulated years of managerial experience and has worked in the educational sector. As director, producer, executive producer, broadcast executive and consultant he has been involved in more than fifty television programs/series. As president of Mmmedia created in 2000, Michel has worked as a coach-leader (Coaching de Gestion) and coach-mentor (Concordia University). In his coaching practice, he works with clients to combine a wealth of real-world business, communications, creativity and life experience with a pragmatic, non-judgmental and energizing approach. Co-wrote Coaching Unleashed (Friesenpress 2016) and Faire de ma vie un chef-oeuvre (Performance Édition 2017) with Patricia Lavoie.
Patricia Lavoie has written, directed and produced films and television series for over 30 years. Prior to working at several production companies in Montreal, she contributed to seventeen seasons of Sesame Street (CBC) as a screenwriter, lyricist, script-editor, director and curriculum coordinator. Ms. Lavoie is also the author of the original concept of the Heritage Minutes. Her other credits include Wimzie’s House Caillou, Lassie, SciSquad as well as several international feature film co-productions. In addition, Patricia co-produced Moi/Me Too and Mental Block. She was presented with the Award of Excellence for the series Cotoons. She also produced and/or developed the online games Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies, Wumpa's World and Hans Hans the Biking Viking , and much, much more.
David Marler. For about as long as I have known my wife Jeanne, she has wanted to spend an entire year, three hundred and sixty-five consecutive days, in the woods. Now she was ready and insisted I go with her. Our adult lives have been outwardly quite normal, me a lawyer, she a choreographer, performer, and teacher of dance, and for the last twenty years, an artist. “But why in the woods?” Only Jeanne might properly be able to answer that question. She is a spiritual person, very much in the Celtic tradition. Our unique experience inspired me to write: One Cabin, One Cat, Three Years, A Couple's Time In The Wilderness.
WILLIAM PROUTY was born in Bondville, Quebec. Fortunate in having distinguished teachers, he studied Shakespeare under Arthur Motyer, DLitt. (Bishop’s University), writing poetry with Frederick William Cogswell, CM (The University of New Brunswick), Canadian Literature under William Desmond Pacey, FRCS (The University of New Brunswick), Shakespeare under Sir Stanley William Wells, CBE (The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford), and Utopian Literature with Wilder Penfield, Jr (State University of San Francisco). His latest chapbook of poems is entitled With the Purple Keeping Time.
This is Kate Armour Reed’s first book; an ode to an unusual grandmother she admires but sadly never knew. Montreal born, Kate lived a peripatetic life, living first in Paris, graduating from L’Ecole du Louvre. In New York she worked for two Madison Avenue Art Galleries. On returning to Montreal, after Art Courses at Concordia, she went into the family business (commercial and residential design), while making time to hike the least-accessible trails of the world. Kate has written for decorating magazines, both in French and English, including several travel articles for the Montreal Gazette. She shares her life with her partner in the Eastern Townships.
Julia Rohan is an author, singer-songwriter and visual artist based in Knowlton, Qc. Raised in Toronto, she travelled widely before marrying and settling down in La Belle Province. Since graduating from Concordia University with an Honours English Lit degree in 1998, she has produced two CDs of original music, been featured on CBC radio, and published a trio of children’s fantasy novels (“The Weaverworld Trilogy"). Her short stories and poems have appeared in small publications including Canadian Literary Review, Sailing Canada Magazine, The Mitre, Taproot, and the Vehicule Press anthology Telling Stories.
Alex Roslin is an award-winning journalist who was president of the board of the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting. He won the American Society of Journalists and Authors' Arlene Book Award for Writing that Makes a Difference for the first edition of the book "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Domestic Violence," which he co-authored. The book was also the runner-up for the Hollywood Book Festival non-fiction book award, won silver in the eLit Book Awards and bronze in the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards and was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Roslin is the author of the updated and revised second edition of "Police Wife." Roslin has also won three Canadian Association of Journalists prizes for investigative reporting, a gold prize in Canada's National Magazine Awards and nine nominations for CAJ awards and NMAs. He has worked as an associate producer for the CBC-TV investigative programs the fifth estate and Disclosure and has written for The Montreal Gazette, The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Maclean's, L'Actualité, The Georgia Straight, Zoomer, Canadian Geographic, Today's Parent and many others. Connect with Roslin at his blogs PoliceDomesticViolence.Blogspot.com and AlBloggedUp.Blogspot.com.