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Jon Chan Simpson: How I wrote Chinkstar  »

In Jon Chan Simpson's first novel, Chinese rap gangs spin-kick their way through the underworld of Red Deer, Alberta.

Elizabeth Abbott: How I Wrote Dogs & Underdogs  »

In her own words, Elizabeth Abbott talks about her book's fraught beginning and how her five pets inspire her writing.





Eric Siblin: How I Wrote Studio Grace  »

Writer and musician Eric Siblin on writing a book and recording an album the same year.

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

The author spills the beans on her dog-induced writing day, her literary childhood and the joy of untangling the knot this is fiction.





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."

Debra Komar: How I wrote The Bastard of Fort Stikine  »

The forensic investigator on how she wrote her latest true historical mystery... and cracked a 170-year-old unsolved murder.





Read Sean Cullen's Twitter mystery  »

The renaissance man and Arthur Ellis Award-winning author has published his first-ever Twitter mystery, "The Headless Soprano."

Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself  »

The crime writer on the 4,875 pages she has written, and the one reader who broke her heart.

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