Author Spotlight – Susan Juby

This is a monthly feature that will highlight and introduce the works of Canadian YA authors.  I’m doing this mostly for self-education because unfortunately I’m not all that aware of the amazing talent that exists in my own country.  (I might shake it up from time to time and include an American author)

This month’s author:  Susan Juby

Author Blurb: Susan Juby lives in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island with her husband, their dog Frank and their horse Tango. She has a degree in English Literature, but she initially thought she wanted to be in fashion design.  She was surprised to find her first novel Alice I Think was for teens, as she had initially written it to give her 30 year old best friend and 50 year old godfather a laugh. She is inspired by writers like Sue Townsend, J.D Salinger, Gerald Durrell, Stella Gibbons and David Sedaris. She also loves horse books and is obsessed with equestrian dressage.  She has also written a compelling memoir called Nice Recovery about her problems with alcohol when she was a teenager and what it’s like to be a sober and recovering teen.

Author website: http://www.susanjuby.com/index.htm

Books:

Nice Recovery, Alice I think, Another Kind of Cowboy

 

Getting the Girl, Miss Smithers, Alice MacLeod: Realist at Last

Author Spotlight – Lesley Livingston

This is a monthly feature that will highlight and introduce the works of Canadian YA authors.  I’m doing this mostly for self-education because unfortunately I’m not all that aware of the amazing talent that exists in my own country.  (I might shake it up from time to time and include an American author.)

I love it when Canadian authors are wonderfully successful. However, I hate when people assume an author is American because they are so successful. This happened to me in Chapters the other day. I was busy browsing for books and I overheard a teen asking a sales person if Lesley Livingston was Canadian and the sales person literally said, “I don’t think so, she’s pretty famous.”  What is it about Canadian fiction that causes people to assume that if it isn’t dry and is popular it must not be from here? Well, I’m highlighting Lesley Livingston today to squash any bad assumptions about Canadian authors.  

This month’s author: Lesley Livingston

Author blurb: Lesley is a YA author and actor living in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys mythology, folk lore and otherworldly stories such as those that feature faeries.  She has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature. She is also a founding member and principal performer with the Tempest Theatre Group. She is currently writing the last novel in her very successful Wondrous Strange trilogy.

“Wondrous Strange is an urban fantasy that weaves elements of A Midsummer Night’s Dream together with teen romance and chilling adventure that erupts when dangerous faeries invade the human world through a gate in Central Park” – great summary from her blog

 

Wondrous Strange and Darklight. The third book is set to be released at the end of the year.

Author website: http://www.lesleylivingston.com/

Author blog: http://lesleylivingston.blogspot.com/

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This is a monthly feature that will highlight and introduce the works of Canadian YA authors.  I’m doing this mostly for self-education because unfortunately I’m not all that aware of the amazing talent that exists in my own country.  (I might shake it up from time to time and include an American author)

This month’s author: Courtney Summers

Author Blurb: Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and word-processing program when she’s not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse. She enjoys Archie comics, Trailer Park Boys, and other fine art. Pierre Trudeau is her hero and if you are a volcano, she would like to know you. (from her website because it was such a cute mini-bio)

I included her this month for two reasons: First, because I finished reading Cracked Up to Be not that long ago and I thought it was beautiful. Secondly, and perhaps much more importantly, Cracked up to be won the 2009 Cybil Award for YA fiction, which is a huge success and completely justified.

Author website found here.

Some Girls Are and Cracked Up to Be

Author Spotlight (2)

This is a monthly feature that will highlight and introduce the works of Canadian YA authors.  I’m doing this mostly for self-education because unfortunately I’m not all that aware of the amazing talent that exists in my own country.  (I might shake it up from time to time and include an American author)

This month’s author: Tim Wynne-Jones

Author Blurb: Before Christmas I read Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones and was completely captivated by his talent. One of the things that surprised me was the sheer expanse of his writing; including everything from picture books to radio plays. Tim lives near Perth, Ontario with his wife Amanda. He loves reading, cooking and music (he’s played in a few bands). His first novel, Odd’s End, won the Seal First Novel Award, winning him $50,000 and putting him on the map for Canadian literature. Mystery is a common element in his books, as is the Canadian landscape.

Tim’s website is very comprehensive (one of the better author sites I’ve seen). For a more detailed  biographical sketch, news about his whereabouts, upcoming books, awards, tips for writing, reviews, etc, check out his website.

*side note, his website indicates that The Uninvited has been nominated for the 2010 OLA White Pine Award! Congratulations!

For a full bibliography check out his website, below is just a small selection of his great work.

The Last Piece of Sky, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Architect of the Moon, illustrated by Ian Wallace

The Uninvited

Rex Zero Series

A Thief in the House of Memory

 

 

Author Spotlight (1)

This is a monthly feature that will highlight and introduce the works of Canadian YA authors.  I’m doing this mostly for self-education because unfortunately I’m not all that aware of the amazing talent that exists in my own country.  (I might shake it up from time to time and include an American author)

This month’s author: Kelley Armstrong

Author Blurb: I once heard someone say that Kelley Armstrong couldn’t be Canadian, she’s too popular! HA!  Armstrong is married with three children and she resides here in Ontario. She has a degree in Psychology and studied Computer Programming here in London. She writes mainly fantasy/paranormal books with all the characters that are so popular these days; witches, werewolves, ghosts, demons, vampires, etc.  Many YA readers who are familiar with her Darkest Powers Trilogy might not be aware that Kelley also writes adult fiction.

Author Website:  Kelley Armstrong: Step into a New World

If you are a fan of Kelley, check out her website because she has monthly contests giving away signed copies of her published novels.

Darkest Powers Trilogy

 

Women of the Other World Series (Adult Fiction)

  1. Bitten
  2. Stolen
  3. Dime Store Magic
  4. Industrial Magic
  5. Haunted
  6. Broken
  7. No Humans Involved
  8. Personal Demon
  9. Living with the Dead
  10. Frostbitten
  11. Waking the Witch