Here are the 40 Writers that participated in the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon in alphabetical order (using first names).
Thank you for digging deep into your pockets and supporting these fantastic writers for this amazing fund-raising event…we all appreciated it!
This will be my 4th MNM. My first, in 2012, opened the floodgates on writerly isolation. A sense of personal unworthiness had stopped my writing process for three decades, although I had published in Canadian literary journals in my twenties and was on my way to a full time writing career. Fear took over and I just quit, resulting in a long life not really lived. But that first Marathon was like a sheep nudging my butt LOL. During those three days in 2012, in a packed room of heads down, and geeky power, and palpable support, and a true sense of belonging, I woke up. I went to that MNM as a 55 year old wannabe, hoping to write only 25 pages. That was my teensy goal, and when I reached it I was transported. Going on to win the Best Novel award was a stunning event that still flips my stomach three years later. And yes, I did keep writing. I am shopping that completed first novel for an agent now, and I have finished a second novel in draft which I started at the 2014 Marathon. This writer gets much more from MNM than she gives.Twitter: @BLStorrie
Author Page: http://facebook.com/BLStorrie
When I’m not cheering on my two boys at the rink, field, ski trails, or dojo, I can be found partaking in the three R’s in life: reading, writing and running (okay, and swimming, skiing and canoeing… why else live in the awesome town of Huntsville?).
Last year I volunteered in a very small capacity with the MNM family, but this year have taken on a the role of Prize and Sponsorship Coordinator, and, well… writing! I hope to rise to both challenges!
Providing therapy to adults with acquired communication disorders at our two local hospitals and in our community shows me not only the importance of literacy, but also its impact on health literacy. So please click on the link below to show your support for this vital service at the YMCA!
This year will mark Cheryl’s seventh novel marathon! Having signed up for the very first one in 2002, and subsequently been astounded by how many pages she could write when the responsibilities of house and home were turned over to her husband, she happily participated again in 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Her first novel, Come Looking for Me (Blue Butterfly Books, 2010), set on the high seas during the War of 1812, had its beginnings in the 2004 marathon. Her sequel, Second Summer of War, was just released by Dundurn Press in February 2014. This year she promises Lori Twining to give some serious consideration to dressing up and taking part in the traditional night hijinks … well … maybe!
Author Page: Cheryl Cooper
Colum is a newbie to the whole writing scene, only recently deciding to put pen to paper after about 6 years of reviewing Horror Fiction for various websites and magazines. While his preferred genre is definitely one filled with not-so-happy things, he’s been known to read anything he can get his hands on.
When he’s not reading and writing, you can find Colum hanging out with his 3 kids, knitting something pretty, or crocheting something strange.
He also doesn’t believe in censorship and can’t believe he actually made it through this bio without swearing.
This is his first marathon.
Drew grew up in an old Huntsville family, starting in 1952. He has seen parts of the rest of the world but believes Huntsville is the center of the universe, and has stubbornly stayed there for most of his life. As a business consultant, family man, amateur actor, enthusiast of all outdoor things, former publisher, and gardener, he has accumulated rich experience but has got behind in his writing. He hopes the Marathon will help.
will be Dyoni’s third Muskoka Novel Marathon. She wrote a YA novel,
Bearing North during her first marathon in 2013, and wrote two children’s
books, Wanted: Monster and Sam’s Zoo at MNM 2014. The progress of the
illustrations for Wanted: Monster became their own little mascots during the
marathon, using the excitement and energy of the experience to come alive! She
can’t wait to attack the words and illustrations to another story this year.
Dyoni is extra
motivated to pump out her work at MNM 2015, since she is returning to school
this Fall to become a teacher! The experience of being in schools sharing her
stories helped Dyoni to find her higher calling — all thanks to the MNM!
I am blessed with 3 step-children who are 24, 22 and 20, an 11 year old daughter and 7 year old son.
I work as a supply teacher and write when I can. I have just finished a book about some of the history of Muskoka. I have a novel that is 2/3rds finished that is sitting in a drawer and an idea percolating in my head that I am excited to get on paper this weekend.
I’m not sure if I am more excited about this concentrated writing opportunity or a that if and when I sleep, I will get a bed all to myself.
Jeanne Pengelly is a television and radio news journalist with a Master’s Degree in Journalism.
Even before she got her first typewriter at age 12, she had decided she would be a writer. Highlights of her career include founding the first McMaster University creative writing journal, living in a remote northern community on James Bay where she edited a newspaper and trained young television journalists, and being a non-fiction nominee for the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association.
Jeanne has a post-graduate diploma in creative writing from Humber College, and, between work and pleasure, spends most of every day with her fingers on a computer keyboard, and her head wrapped in the art of storytelling.
Jeanne’s many interests include creative writing, photography, music, teaching, needlecrafts, fitness, travel and golf. A participant in the Muskoka Novel Marathon in 2014, she is eagerly anticipating dabbling in new genres when she arrives in Huntsville for her second marathon in 2015.
It was always her goal to live in Muskoka, and in 2003 she moved with her husband Jim to Huntsville, Ontario where they are raising their son Carson, and daughters Haley and Olivia.
Along with nature and her family, Jennifer enjoys spending her time reading, writing, gardening, photographing wildlife and volunteering her time as the Director of the Jr Fair for the Huntsville & District Agricultural Society.
She is also more than half way through earning a black belt in karate.
She will be making her debut as a writer at the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon.
Jocelyn Adams Jocelyn is a high school office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night. Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories. With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel. She now has eight published novels and is currently writing for Entangled Publishing. When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow, hiking in Algonquin Park, or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.
Karen is also a freelance journalist who has published pieces in the National Post and Montreal Gazette, but mostly works locally for publications like Muskoka Magazine and What’s Up Muskoka, and writes tourism blogposts for www.explorersedge.ca . She does occasional computer art for the largest progressive political blog in America, Daily Kos. Artblog: www.artofkaren.blogspot.com . Other interests include music, martial arts, hang-gliding, reincarnation, homeopathy and the spirituality of personal experience.
This is a milestone Muskoka Novel Marathon for Karen: her tenth. She has entered the Best Novel competition three times, placing in the top three every time, and won the Most Prolific Award in 2006. After co-convening the marathon with Paula Boon 2010-2012 and Dawn Huddlestone in 2013, she’s taking the Convener role on singly this year.
Kathleen de Vries
Kathleen is a writer and advocate for women. These two heart-loves frequently combine, and she often writes women’s stories in worlds much different than our own, worlds where women’s freedom to explore and express is not hindered by restrictive norms. Kathleen has been published under a pen name and has had her poetry and short stories featured in various anthologies including lesbian and feminist zines, blogs, and collections. With her time divided between writing about women and working with women, Kathleen has chosen to dedicate her voice to those too commonly relegated to silence.
She has completed half a dozen running marathons in her life and is pretty sure that a Novel Writing Marathon will be harder, but just as much fun.
Lea writes some dystopian things and some things with magic. Her favourite part about the novel process is creating characters she can truly relate to, which is why her strong female leads are far from damsels in distress. This will be Lea’s first ever Muskoka Novel Marathon and she’s determined to write more than she ever has in a three day sitting!
Lenore ButcherLenore always knew she was going to be a Rock Star, she just thought it would be more in a literal rather than a literary sense. Very happy to have won the Rock Star award last year, she looks forwards to seeing the other MNM’ers again this year and promises the big bowl of chocolate will DEFINITELY make a return appearance!!
Lori works as a civil engineering designer during the day and slams her thoughts into her laptop at night, writing fiction full of emotion and chaos. She is currently working on three YA novels (two have received the MNM Judge’s Honorable Mentions). Lori is one of the current organizers for the Muskoka Novel Marathon, volunteering as the MNM Registrar, MNM Writer Liaison, and the MNM Social Media Guru. Lori sits on the executive board for The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County (WCSC) and is one of the founding members of Owen Sound’s Ascribe Writing Group.
When she is not writing, reading or volunteering, you can find her with her three kids in a hockey arena, baseball diamond, soccer pitch, basketball court, library or hiding in a corner somewhere buried in a book. She has a quirky outlook on life… some consider her weird; some say she’s refreshing. Occasionally, she tells you what she really thinks. Consider yourself advised.
Louise HypherLouise lives in Toronto, whether she wants to or not. She is a former member of the Bunch of Seven, a Science Fiction & Fantasy writer’s group active in the 1980′ & 90’s. She has many creative outlets, including writing, the fibre arts and jewelry-making. She has been inspired to complete her epic fantasy novel “The Rebel of Bradinflas” (which she had put on the back-burner for many years), and to which she is currently devoting her creative energies — whatever she can cram in between full-time work and single motherhood. She is active in SF&F fandom and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Mimi’s drive to write overtook her sanity. She completed several pieces of fiction, and entered the world of blogging. Tired of hiding her writing in the cloud, and encouraged by the victims of her isolation, in May 2013, she took the bold step of becoming a member of the WCDR, and read her first piece in public in June 2013 which eventually led her to enter the 2013 WCDR Slam. She finished as one of the seven finalists. She continues to read works that make waitresses cry at the WCDR’s quarterly Words of the Season.
A realist-romance and erotic fiction writer, Mimi is represented by Donaghy Literary. Her novel, Twenty-One is on submission. This will be her second Muskoka Novel Marathon. Naomi is a single mother to an 8-year-old boy who shares her love of music and telling stories about imaginary friends.Twitter:
I can’t wait to see you everyone at this year’s marathon. It’s going to be a great year.
is a veteran Muskoka Novel Marathoner and marathon organizer. Since 2005,
she has been a winner, runner up, organizing committee member, judge liaison,
co-convenor and convenor. This year she’s writing (yay!) and acting as judge
liaison. Outside of marathon season, Paula teaches creative writing to the
lovely students at the Muskoka Montessori School, works toward her dream of
being traditionally published, takes on freelance writing and editing
assignments, and enjoys life in Muskoka with her husband and son.
Shellie is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at this year’s marathon, her seventh. She hasn’t been writing much lately, but hopes to be reunited with her muse on her favourite weekend of the year. In 2012, Shellie won Best Novel in the juvenile/young adult category for her manuscript, A Field Guide to Dragons and Other Exotic Animals.
Suzanne is also a Turophile – lover of fine cheese – and trained as a Professional Fromager. From this doorway her writing includes a series of short stories that are presently in the hands of a Canadian publisher and are focused on teaching readers how to truly love food. While waiting to share that good news Suzanne is half way in to her first full-length novel full of the insatiable appetites of a group of characters that Suzanne hopes will be invited back.
During the MNM Suzanne will put her yummy side on the shelf and delve into a story that has been bubbling during her daily commute. This tale of struggle and empowerment might break her heart if it stays much longer so she is grateful for the honour to be part of the creative energy that can make a story come to life.
Suzi is excited to work on her first novel, during the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon, surrounded by such talented writers. She currently lives in Toronto, and enjoys spending time in Muskoka with loved ones.
This will be my third novel marathon.
Last year, I was delighted and astonished to find I had won the MNM Manuscript Competition in the adult category. I’m on the tail end of a writing sabbatical this year, and I can promise you, not even 6 months of dedicated writing time and next-to-no alarm clocks can equal the perfect cocktail of adrenaline and lockdown that 72 hours among kindred spirits in Huntsville will provide.
When he’s not coming up with ugly stories about bad people doing horrible things (stories even his own mother won’t read, by the way), he reads a lot (no, seriously, check him out on Goodreads), and he teaches creative writing for Trent University. Tobin also blogs about all sorts of things that irritate him. He’s also been a judge for both the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Awards and the Canadian Authors Association’s Award for Fiction.
Tobin’s a proud founding board member of the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County (WCSC), as well as a regular attendee at its sister organization, the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). And, of course, he participates in the Muskoka Novel Marathon each year. This year will be his fourth, which makes him question his sanity.
When he’s not doing any of this other stuff, he even sleeps.