Who's Writing in 2012?
Jocelyn Adams is an author and lover of fantasy stories, a wife, mother and former I.T. geek. Joce is thrilled to participate in her second Muskoka Novel Marathon. Her debut novel, The Glass Man, was released in 2011, and the second in the trilogy will release in 2012. Her short stories have appeared in Residential Aliens Magazine, Hall Brothers Villainy, Winter Canons, Roar and Thunder Magazine, Wicked East Press's Twisted Fairy Tales II, Dead Robots' Society's Explorers: Beyond the Horizon, and The Red Penny Papers. She blogs at www.joceadams.wordpress.com. You can sponsor Jocelyn via CanadaHelps here.
Nancy Beal is a freelance writer and communications consultant, working for the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She dabbles in journalism and is working on a novel, a screenplay and a biography. She previously participated in the MNM for three years from 2004 to 2006, regained her sanity and hasn't been seen since. Prompted by a corrupting force (Cheryl Cooper) and as a last-minute lark, Nancy will return to the insanity for 2012.
This will be Debra Bennett’s second marathon. She still uses a marathon photo as her Facebook profile. She met some terrific writers, amazing cooks, and charming people. She writes poetry, plays, short stories, and a ton of emails. She hasn’t yet won an award for any of the above so she guesses she must enjoy it to keep at it. You can sponsor Debra via CanadaHelps here. (Debra will be participating remotely.)
Susan Blakeney is a writer of fiction for children and young adults. 2012 represents her fourth year as a novel marathoner. This event provides a fantastic opportunity to give back and to write surrounded by contagious creativity and caring, fun-loving spirits. This year's goal: an historical novel. You can sponsor Susan via CanadaHelps here.
Paula Boon writes fiction and non-fiction for all ages and has recently been combining words with art. This is her sixth marathon as a participant and third as co-convener.
Skylar Brooks is somewhat of a multi-diciplinary writer. He enjoys crafting the written word in song lyrics, spoken word poetry, short stories and academic texts. This year he will be joining his mother and sister to participate in his first Muskoka Novel Marathon.
Sandra Clarke (S.J. Clarke) has published over fifty articles as a columnist and regular contributor for a variety of lifestyle and human interest websites. She is a grateful member of the Writers' Community of Durham Region, and proud to sit on the Board of Directors for The Ontario Writer's Conference. Sandra is the co-author of Touretties, a touching tribute featuring testimonials from patients and and their loved ones living with Tourette's. Mind Over Matter, her debut fiction novel-a romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, is twice nominated for Best Romantic Suspense of 2011. You can sponsor Sandra via CanadaHelps here.
Lena Coakley's first novel, Witchlanders, has received three starred reviews and was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews. It is a Junior Library Guild selection, an ABC new voices selection and an OLA Best Bet. She is also the author of two children’s picture books and the former administrative director of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. She lives in Toronto.
Michael Codato: No matter if it was work, school or simply because it was inconvenient, I have always managed to find a reason not to enter the MNM. This year will be different. Although I have been writing fiction and non-fiction for as long as I can remember this MNM will be the first structured event I have participated in. Suffice it to say I'M TERRIFIED and excited at the same time.
Cheryl Cooper: This year will mark Cheryl's fourth novel marathon, as she previously participated in 2001 (albeit from home), 2004 and 2005. Her recently published novel, Come Looking for Me, set on a British warship during the War of 1812, had its beginnings in the 2004 marathon. She plans to work away on her sequel (due for release in 2013 from Dundurn Press), and fervently promises not to steal all the cookies or honk any horns when she has completed ten pages.
Kevin Craig is a four-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon Best Novel Award - 2007 for Sebastian’s Poet (Published by Musa Publishing, 2012), 2008 for The Reasons, 2010 for Half Dead & Fully Broken, 2011 for That’s Me in the Corner. He is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary, LLC.
Jenny Cressman has enjoyed writing for longer than she can remember, according to her mother. Her first published piece was a poem but, now, she dabbles in other forms of writing, from journalism to fiction to blogging. Over the last few decades, she has been paid to write and edit for a variety of publications in Muskoka, the Ottawa Valley and Kansas. In the past few years, however, she has found that impoverished Cuba is her greatest muse. To read a smattering of her most recent writing, check out: cubanacorazon.blogspot.com. Jenny lives in an unfinished hovel in the woods with her loyal companions - man and beasts. They tolerate her quirks and her Cuba-related absences. She appreciates that.
Alison Doucette is a seventeen-year-old writer who is participating in her second marathon. She has had one short story published and currently has completed two full-length manuscripts. When she’s not writing, she enjoys basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, karate and hanging out with friends.
Tobin Elliott: I've been writing so long there's likely graffiti in my mother's womb. Though I've been writing forever and I'm a current member of the Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR) and a founding board member of the Writers' Community of Simcoe County (WCSC) and a Creative Writing teacher...this is my first marathon. What, me worry?
Lizann Flatt has written many nonfiction books for kids. COUNTING ON FALL will be out in September 2012. In 2009 LET'S GO! THE STORY OF GETTING FROM THERE TO HERE was named the TD Grade One Giveaway title, so it was given to every grade one child in Canada. Her short stories and poems have appeared in LADYBUG, BABYBUG, and HIGHLIGHTS magazines. Lizann is a former editor of CHICKADEE magazine. She's joining the marathon so she can quit making excuses and just write her first novel already. You can sponsor Lizann via CanadaHelps here.
Pat Flewwelling: Proofreader, ghostwriter, choir director, blogger and data analyst, Pat is a three-time winner of the Most Prolific Award, and for this, her fourth marathon, she has every intention of not only defending her title, but of beating her personal best of 305 pages as well.
Marie-Eve Girard:"I love YA fiction, especially of the LGBT variety, and that's what I write. I've published a few short stories, and just finished my first novel (preparing to send it off to an agent). I've done a 3-day writing marathon in 2011 remotely and loved it--would love to be in a room with other writers writing like crazy." You can sponsor Marie-Eve via CanadaHelps here.
Alison Hall: I am currently a self-employed piano teacher in Meaford. I have written short stories as a hobby and have recently tied for first prize in the local library writing contest. This will be my first marathon and signing on for this will hopefully push me to complete something larger! It's great to be able to participate!
Madeleine Hart: I have had short stories, poetry and a comedy sci-fi novel, "Intergalactic Gazette", published. My bread and butter work is as a creative director with a small game developer, Cat Amuck Studios. Last year, I participated in the Vancouver 3 Day Novel contest. Since I grew up in the Muskoka region, I thought it was high time I participated in *this* 3-day novel marathon. While I won't be on-site, rest assured peanut butter and jam will be mashed into my hair and jammies for the entire 72 hours. (Madeleine will be participating remotely.)
This is Dawn Huddlestone's fifth year at the Muskoka Novel Marathon. Her 2009 manuscript Wry Bread won the Adult category. Dawn is alternately a freelance writer and communications specialist for an online start-up company. She lives in Muskoka with her husband, daughter, a yellow Lab who won't swim, a fat cat and a hyper hamster named Nut. Life is good. You can sponsor Dawn via CanadaHelps here.
Connie Knighton: Poet, published journalist and essayist, writer of published short stories for children, Connie is fairly new to the novel genre. She wrote "Tout Bagay," a story of Haiti a couple of years ago at the marathon and enjoyed the encouragement and feedback. She is looking forward to writing something quaint and funny this year.
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, debuting through Musa Publishing, May 2012. When not writing or digging up the past, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, camp fires, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka, Ontario, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat. This is Sharon's 7th Novel Marathon as either a participant or an organizer.
Laura Litchfield's day job with a trade association consists of a lot of dry report and newsletter writing. She is looking forward to changing gears by spending three whole days writing fiction, and she hopes she can rise to the challenge. This is her second Muskoka Novel Marathon. You can sponsor her via CanadaHelps here. (Laura will be participating remotely.)
Jennifer McGuire: This will be my first marathon. I am a lifestyle columnist for Sun Media, which I love, but my true passion is fiction. I am hoping for a little inspiration at the marathon - fingers crossed. (Jen will be participating remotely.)
Kate Medland: This is my second Muskoka Novel Marathon. I'm a lover of books, both writing and reading. This past fall I moved from Muskoka to a tiny town in North Western Ontario, where the population is under 2800, the closest stop light is 2 hours away, and the clocks never change for daylights savings. It is a quiet, inspiring town, allowing me to get into my writing without the distractions of, well pretty much everything. (Kate will be participating remotely.)
Monika Moravan: It's only natural that a knitter spins yarns for a living. Monika's ability to extract warmth and wonder from a cold and contact filled sport has earned her bylines in The Hockey News, Breakout, and the Hockey Hall of Fame yearbook. Off-ice credits include: QMI/SunMedia, East of the City, and Tapestry. Monika will probably be the only non-novelist at MNM. Her neglected website is: monikamoravan.com
Jacqui Morrison: My name is Jacqui Morrison and this will be my fourth marathon, but it won’t be my last. My second novel through Lachesis Publishing will be released in 2012. This year I will either be doing a major revision of a manuscript which I wrote at the 2009 MNM or starting a new novel. I am the official MNM social butterfly.
Cathy Olliffe-Webster: I'm a blogger, a writer, a graphic artist, a wife, mother and woodsplitter par excellence. I'm struggling to finish my first novel but have written many short stories. I blog at http://muskokariver.blogspot.com. This will be my second marathon and I am really looking forward to it! You can sponsor Cathy via CanadaHelps here.
Kate Quinlan has been writing for the last 20 years and her day never quite feels complete without scribbling a few words onto the page. She writes short stories, poetry, inspirational prose, grocery lists, resumes and notes to her kids’ teachers. Her two children and her two cats share her local home. In her spare time she works as a counsellor for a local agency. (Kate will be participating remotely.)
2012 will be Bronwyn Russel's sixth Muskoka Novel Marathon. As a recent graduate with her M.A. in International Affairs she has published academic journal articles, but looks forward to the MNM every year to write for the sake of writing, support a fantastic cause and hang out near the food and coffee offering constant (unsolicited) distractions to her fellow writers.
Kim Russel-Brooks is a local to Huntsville, who teaches English and Drama at the Huntsville High School. This will be her seventh Muskoka Novel Marathon.
Kimberley Ann Sparks: I'm a screenwriter and video game writer who's always wanted to write a novel. Seriously, since I was 10 years old, novels. So, here I am. When I'm not writing, I teach writing (Media Writing at Seneca College and video game writing at UOIT). But now I'm going to focus on writing a novel, in three days, which I think I'm well suited for as I procrastinate and have to write to deadline. If you want to know more about me, check out my website. You can sponsor Kim via CanadaHelps here.
Brenda Storrie: First marathon! In my 20's I wrote seriously and got poetry and short fiction published in literary mags. Then I failed myself. I stopped. Now I am 54. I have the plot and the characters for a full length novel but am so scared to start it. I want the surroundings and the people to help me go for it. I hope for a miracle for myself.
Amy Stuart is a writer and high school English teacher born and raised in Toronto, where she still lives with her husband and their three young sons. This is her fourth go at the Muskoka Novel Marathon! This summer she will complete her MFA in Creative Writing through UBC. In 2011, Amy won the Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. She was also a 2012 finalist for the Vanderbilt Award. Her fiction has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Exile Quarterly, the Vanderbilt CVC Anthology and several magazines. Having recently completed her first novel, Amy plans to start her second at this year's MNM. You can sponsor her through Canada Helps here.
Lori Twining, from Owen Sound, has been writing adult fiction for years and blogging for the past couple. Last year at her first Muskoka Novel Marathon, she attempted to write Young Adult Fiction and loved it! She's a firm believer that MNM 2012 will ROCK! You can sponsor Lori via CanadaHelps here.
Karen Vaughan: My name is Karen Vaughan and I live in Peterborough, Ontario. I write light mysteries or what some people call cozies. I have three published novels in this genre but I also want to explore other areas. I have written humorous pieces as well. This is my first marathon and I am looking forward to the experience. Adult literacy is a great cause and I am happy to participate in the fund raiser. This is a great chance to challenge myself and see how far I can go with this. I am not sure what a good goal is for three days of writing so I am just going to do my best.
Karen Wehrstein published three fantasy novels in the early 1990s with Baen Books in New York (two solos and a collaboration) and has also published several short stories plus innumerable news and feature articles in her freelance journalism career. In March 2009 she decided to relaunch her novel writing career as an indie author by writing online with the plan of packaging her work into ebook form. By writing anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 words per weekday, she has amassed about 1.6 million words online, and acquired a modest but rabid, and growing, readership. She loves to interact with readers through character chats, textual role-playing, livewriting, etc., and has livewritten at two previous Novel Marathons. Karen has participated in the Muskoka Novel Marathon every year since 2005, has won Most Prolific once, and has co-convened the marathon with Paula Boon since 2010. You can read her work at www.chevenga.com.
MNM has been one of the highlights of Shellie Yaworski's summer for the past three years, and she is excited to return to Huntsville for a fourth marathon.