Writers Write

As part of our mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers, we are providing on this page some very brief bios and links to our Toronto Chapter members of Sisters in Crime who have self-identified as authors. They are listed alphabetically by their pen names.

We have also periodically published featured interviews in the Criminal Intent column of our bi-monthly member newsletter, Crime Scene.

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David Albertyn headshot of David Albertyn

David Albertyn studied at Queen's University and the Humber School for Writers, and coached tennis until the publication of his first novel, Undercard (2019), which was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award, made 49th Shelf's Top Fiction List of 2019, and CrimeReads' list of "8 Debut Novels You Should Read This June."
@DavidAlbertynWriter · Author

Linda Cahill headshot of Linda Cahill

A former journalist and TV news assignment editor, her short stories display the fast-paced gritty writing style developed while covering political speeches and murder trials. Her short stories have appeared an a variety of anthologies, including The Whole She-Bang 2.


Madeleine Harris Callway headshot of M. H. Callway

When her job working for Disease Control put her in the middle of a murder case, it changed her life: she became a crime writer. Madeleine’s debut novel, Windigo Fire, was a finalist for the Debut Dagger, Unhanged Arthur, and CWC Best First Novel Award. Her short crime fiction has won and been short-listed for several awards, including the CWC Best Novella Award. In 2013, she co-founded the Mesdames of Mayhem who have released four anthologies: Thirteen; 13 O'Clock; 13 Claws; and In the Key of 13. Madeleine's most recent publication is her story, “The Moon God of Broadmoor,” in the anthology Moonlight and Misadventure by Superior Shores Press (June 2021).

Madeleine Harris-Callway

- 2005 Golden Horseshoe Award (Crime Writers of Canada) for Best Short Story: “Kill the Boss”
- 2012 Bony Pete Award for best short story: “The Lizard”

Melodie Campbell headshot of Melodie Campbell

Billed as Canada's "Queen of Comedy" by the Toronto Sun, she is the author of the award-winning Goddaughter mystery series. She has over 200 publications including 100 comedy credits, and 40 short stories. She writes a humour column for The Sage, Canada's magazine of satire and opinion, and for Sleuthsayers, the Criminal Blog.
- 2014 Arthur Ellis Award Winner for Best Crime Novella: The Goddaughter’s Revenge
- 2014 Derringer Award Winner for Best Novelette: The Goddaughter’s Revenge
- 2015 Hamilton Reads Award for significant contribution to literacy in Hamilton

Donna Carrick (also Carrick Publishing) headshot of Donna Carrick

An Air Force Brat, Donna Carrick grew up in locations all over Canada. The author of three mystery novels: The First Excellence - Fa-ling’s Map, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God. Her Toboggan Mystery Series, which includes Sept-Iles and other places and Knowing Penelope, offers short-story lovers a broad collection of her work for Kindle.
Donna Carrick
- 2011 Indie Book Event Award for Excellence in Fiction: The First Excellence

Sharon A. Crawford headshot of Sharon A. Crawford

Writer, editor, gardener, teacher, Crawford has been running a writing group in Toronto for over 15 years. Beyond Blood was her first mystery novel, featuring a female private investigator. It was followed by her short story collection, Beyond the Tipping Point
Sharon A. Crawford

Susan Daly headshot of Susan Daly

Susan has found her niche in the world of short crime fiction, where she successfully rids the world of deserving victims. Her stories keep popping up in a surprising number of anthologies: The Whole She-Bang 2, The Whole She-Bang 3, the SinC Guppies' Fish Out of Water and the Malice Domestic anthologies for 2017 and 2018. Her short story, "A Death at the Parsonage", won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story and can be found in our mystery anthology, The Whole She-Bang 3.

- 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story: "Death at the Parsonage", The Whole She-Bang 3 mystery anthology

Mary Lou Dickinson headshot of Mary Lou Dickinson

Despite a life working in fields from consulting to counselling, Dickinson has been actively writing since she was a young child. After taking retirement, Dickinson published three books, two novels and a collection of short stories. Dickinson's next book, The White Ribbon Man, is a mystery and is due out later this year.

Mary Lou Dickinson

Vicky Earle headshot of Vicky Earle

Earle lives on a small farm where the horses come first. You can see that reflected in her Meg Sheppard mystery series, where they are an integrated part of the farm on which Meg lives.

Alice Fitzpatrick headshot of Alice Fitzpatrick

Born in northern England, Alice Fitzpatrick was raised in Oakville, Ontario, where she began to write as soon as she could pick up a pen. Now living in Toronto, Fitzpatrick writes the Kate Galway mysteries (set on an island off the coast of Wales). Toward the Pebbled Shore was a finalist for the 2013 Malice Domestic Unpublished Novel Award, and This Thing of Darkness was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2015 Killer Nashville Claymore Award. Her short story, "Summer of the Black Madonna", appears in The Whole She-Bang 3.

Kate Freiman headshot of Kate Freiman

A national best-selling, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of romantic fiction, Kate started telling stories with happy endings when she was a small child. Freiman has written 8 novels and several short stories, one of which can be found in the mystery anthology Villanous Vacations.

Marilyn Kay headshot of Marilyn Kay

Marilyn began as a medieval historian, before moving into the commercial world as a business journalist, then communicator within and outside government. She debuted as a crime fiction writer with two short stories published in the following: Passport to Murder, the anthology for Bouchercon 2017; and, 13 Claws, the latest anthology by the Mesdames of Mayhem. She is presently at work on a police procedural set in Toronto.

Marilyn Kay Author

Lesley Mang headshot of Lesley Mang

Lesley Mang is a former English teacher and editor, actively involved in the Sisters in Crime/mystery community. Published works include book-length non-fiction and mystery short stories, the latter of which have appeared in both The Whole She-Bang and The Whole She-Bang 2
Lesley Mang

Rosemary McCracken headshot of Rosemary McCracken

As a journalist, Rosemary McCracken has worked as a reporter, editor and editorial writer on newspapers across Canada for over 25 years. Author of the Pat Tierney mystery series, McCracken's short stories have appeared in mystery anthologies such as The Whole She-Bang, Nefarious North, Thirteen, and World Enough and Crime. Her short story, "The Sweetheart Scamster", was short-listed for the 2014 Derringer Award. 
Rosemary McCracken

Hannah Mary McKinnon headshot of Hannah Mary McKinnon

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK to British and Swiss parents and grew up in Switzerland. After working as a Purchasing Manager, and getting a Bachelor of Science degree, McKinnon joined an IT recruitment firm and rose to become their CEO. After moving to Canada in 2010, she decided to follow her oldest passion, writing, and never looked back. Her first book was a rom-com, but then she switched to the dark side of suspense with The Neighbours. Her thrillers have become both Canadian and US bestsellers, with her most recent book, Never Coming Home, due out in 2022. She lives in Oakville with her husband and three sons.

Hannah Mary McKinnon    @hannahmmckinnon

Lynne Murphy headshot of Lynne Murphy

Murphy studied journalism at Carleton University and worked as a reporter on the now defunct Ottawa Journal and then as an editor for CBC Radio News. (It was in the sixties and Lynne was the first woman editor they ever hired.) It was there she learned to "write tight". Her first published short story, "The Troublemaker", was in our first mystery anthology, The Whole She-Bang. Since then Murphy has published stories in several mystery anthologies including all three from Mesdames of Mayhem.
Lynne Murphy

Helen Nelson headshot of Helen Nelson

Helen Nelson has been actively involved in the Sisters in Crime chapter for over a dozen years, and the larger mystery community even longer including co-chairing Bouchercon 2017. Her short stories have appeared in several mystery anthologies, including all three of ours: The Whole She-Bang , The Whole She-Bang 2, and The Whole She-Bang 3 
Helen Nelson

Nanci Pattenden headshot of Nanci Pattenden

A genealogist and fiction writer, with non-fiction articles in Indyfest, The Attic, Ancestors, and Site Lines, Pattenden is currently working on a collection of detective stories set in Victorian Toronto, as well as a novel based on an 1891 murder involving a young relative.

Nanci Pattenden

Judy Penz Sheluk headshot of Judy Penz Sheluk

An Amazon International bestselling author, Judy writes two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (The Hanged Man's Noose and the just-released A Hole in One); and The Marketville Mysteries (Skeletons in the Attic). Her short crime fiction also appears in several collections, including The Whole She-Bang 2 and The Whole She-Bang 3. On her website Judy regularly interviews and showcases the works of other authors, and blogs about the writing life.

Judy Penz Sheluk

Ed Piwowarczyk headshot of Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk is a veteran journalist who has worked for the National Post, Toronto Sun and Sault Star. As well, he has edited Harlequin novels on a freelance basis, and is currently a freelance editor. His short stories have been published in several anthologies, including World Enough and Crime, 13 O’Clock, and The Whole She-Bang 3
Ed Piwowarczyk

Lorna Poplak headshot of Lorna Poplak

Poplak is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and researcher drawn to the dark side of Canadian history. With a background in law, literature, information technology, and technical communications, she has written medical and scientific articles, travel and historical pieces, children’s literature, blog posts, and a radio play. Her two nonfiction books, published by Dundurn Press, are Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada (2017) and The Don: The Story of Toronto’s Infamous Jail (2021).
Lorna Poplak Author

Dianne Scott headshot of Dianne Scott

A Toronto-based writer and teacher, Scott's Toronto Island mystery Devastation won the Crime Writers' of Canada Unhanged Arthur Award and was longlisted for Mslexia’s First Novel Award. Some of her non-fiction writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and on CBC radio. Her literary writing have been published in numerous Canadian literary magazines such as The New Quarterly, the Windsor Review, Other Voices, and the Prairie Journal.
June Lorraine Roberts-->

- 2018 Arthur Ellis Award (Unhanged Arthur) for Best Unpublished First Novel: Devastation

Ann Shortell headshot of Ann Shortell

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Shortell was raised on legends of John A. Macdonald, and of her Celtic ancestors. In a previous century she was a business journalist and author. Her debut mystery, Celtic Knot, was written in homage to the Irish storytelling tradition McGee embodied.

Ann Shortell Celtic Knot

- 2019 Winner, Whistler Independent Book Award, Fiction
- 2020 Winner, Ontario Indie Author Project, Adult Fiction
- 2020 Winner (Tie) Neo-Noir Novel, Screenplay and Film Festival Books
- 2020 Winner, Best Murder Mystery Manuscript, The Wild Bunch Film Festival
- 2020 Winner, Crime List Award - Books, Ink and Cinema

Sylvia Warsh headshot of Sylvia Warsh

With a a BA from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Linguistics, she learned elementary Chinese, dissected the Zulu language, and discovered that she was not cut out to be a scholar. After writing poetry and short stories, the award-winning writer began the Dr. Rebecca Temple historical mystery series.
@StanleyKMS     Sylvia Warsh
- 2004 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original: Find Me Again

Christine J. Whitlock headshot of Christine Whitlock

A former police reporter for CKOC Radio Hamilton and police stringer for the Toronto Star, she has written "Relative Contact", a feature film script based on her experiences. The Cat Holmes and Bunny Mysteries is a children's TV pilot script being adapted to a children's book series. Her two crime short stories have been published: “Winter Cover” and “Police Calls”.

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