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Jon Chan Simpson: How I wrote Chinkstar

In Jon Chan Simpson's first novel, Chinkstar, Chinese rap gangs spin-kick their way through the underworld of Red Deer, Alberta, as two brothers pursue an intertwined destiny. The product of his master's...

Elizabeth Abbott: How I Wrote Dogs & Underdogs

In 1988, writer and historian Elizabeth Abbott fled her home in Haiti after a book she had written got her in serious trouble with the country’s government. In a rush...

Eric Siblin: How I Wrote Studio Grace

Eric Siblin has had a guitar in his hand from the age of 13, but the award-winning writer never had career ambitions to make it as a musician while growing...

Marina Endicott on abandoned workouts, stubborn knots and her most lovable character

Marina Endicott worked as an actor and director in the theatre for many years before embarking on a second career as a fiction writer. Since 2003, she has published five critically...

John Farrow: How I wrote The Storm Murders

They say, if you're going to write a page-turner, never start with the weather. Turns out John Farrow doesn't respond well to "never." In fact, the crime writer (whose real name is...

Debra Komar: How I wrote The Bastard of Fort Stikine

For 22 years, forensic scientist and investigator Debra Komar helped solve the mysteries of some of the world's most horrific genocides, from Darfur to Kosovo. When she retired, she turned...

Read Sean Cullen's Twitter mystery

Seán Cullen took the reins of the @cbcbooks Twitter account on May 28 to publish a new mystery, "The Headless Soprano." You can read it in its entirety below. A regular...

Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself

Award-winning crime writer Gail Bowen has written 14 mysteries, including her most recent book 12 Rose Street. That's 4,875 pages in which she writes about the questions that worry her most.We asked...

Guy Vanderhaeghe: How I wrote Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

In 1987, the CanLit community was rocked when a beginning writer took the GG for his first book, a gritty and explosive collection of short stories entitled Man Descending. Almost...

Susan Glickman: How I Wrote Safe as Houses

In most mystery novels, the person who finds the body falls off the radar as soon as the police arrive. But not in Susan Glickman’s Safe as Houses. For her...