Lori Hahnel guest blogs on writing that first book

 "I decided then if it was going to take that long and be that much work and drive me that crazy, that thenceforth I would write only the fiction I really wanted to." Lori Hahnel on writing that first book.

Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008) and After You’ve Gone (Thistledown, 2014), as well as a story collection, Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been nominated for the Journey Prize three times and published in over thirty journals across North America and in the U.K.; her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire and Joyland.  Lori teaches creative writing in Calgary.


Public forum event Oct. 26 with mystery writer Melodie Campbell

"You are supposed to love your family and support them.  But what if your family is this one?" Melodie Campbell, Canada's Queen of Comedy, on writing about home from her current guest blog.

Melodie's book The Artful Goddaughter has just been released by Orca Books. She is the executive director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Melodie will be our guest in "Gail's Kitchen," Gail's public forum, on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Melodie will talk about the mystery form, both commercial and literary, and about the industry as it now stands. Please join us for that informal discussion from 9 to 11 a.m. PST (noon to 2 p.m. ET).

To get to the forum, click on the blackboard "Gail's Classroom."

Gail's literacy learner novel Search and Rescue out this fall!

When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman’s whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense—what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman’s disappearance. When they fail to follow up on her lead, she pursues it on her own, embarking on a snowy chase up a mountainside that puts herself and others in danger. She’s more than just a journalist chasing a story. Claire is determined to do the right thing at any cost.

Search and Rescue is the first novel in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott. The novel is a Rapid Reads book, written for adult literacy learners, or those just looking for a fast read. Reading level: 3.0

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