Authors! Yes, we love our authors. Please have a read and get to know them.
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Someone once said that we attract what we need in our lives. I truly believe that, especially when it comes to this fantastic group of authors. Many of them have become like family to us. There have been many lessons learned, eyes opened, and hearts warmed when interacting with this fantastic group of writers. I hope you love them, and their work, as much as we do.
Meet the Authors
Cathy Cyr has always noticed the little signs the Earth and all her creatures show us. She calls them Earth’s Whispers and hears them everywhere in nature. Now she is sharing these whispers with her young readers. She draws all the illustrations for her children’s books and loves seeing her ideas come to life on the page.
Cathy was an Early Childhood Educator for 22 years. She is married and has one son and two furry kids. Today she enjoys spending time in nature with her family and writing stories.She has the Earth Whispers series planned, about 17 books! Her first book, Leila’s Journey is available now. Visit her website for more information.
Sae Hoon Stan Chung is an award winning writer and much loved columnist. He was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Canada. He has written, and spoken widely, in both public and academic forums. He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia. He is currently Vice President Academic and Applied Research at the College of the Rockies.
I Held My Breath For A Year, is his second book and follows the critically acclaimed Global Citizen. When Stan first started writing his columns he didn’t think anybody would care to hear about his parents, their struggles, and his upbringing as the son of a Korean-born United Church minister. Stan continues to takes risks and write his column while trying to balance his work and family life. He is married with two children. He spends his time between West Kelowna and Cranbrook, BC. Visit his website at stanchung.ca
Irma Goosen is a youth author, speaker and coach. Irma was born and raised in Germiston, South Africa and now resides in Alberta. By day, she’s an engineer, by night (and after work and on weekends) she writes books to help guide young people. On the Edge, is the first book in the five book Guardian Series. We are hoping to have the second in the series ready for the fall.
Irma is an Usui Reiki Master, alumni of the Goddess Healing Matrix System TM, and a certified AEP TM. She trusts her instincts and guides, and loves her family. Everything she writes about is based on her life experience, though the characters and stories are fictional.
Donald S. MacIntosh
Don MacIntosh was born and raised in the village of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia. He’s had a love affair with words since early childhood. At the age of 20, in 1952, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He retired from the Military, Air Traffic Control branch, in 1984 after 32 years of service. Don loves old poetry books and has collected a number of volumes, which he cherishes and consider himself their custodian.
Joe and Other Poems is his first published book of poetry. We can only hope it won’t be his last.
Elaine Gugin Maddex
Elaine Gugin Maddex of Alberta, is an absolute treasure to work with. Her books are as entertaining as she is. Her first book, More Than a Wise Woman, was republished by Artistic Warrior in late 2015. In March of 2016, her second book, Wise Woman’s Manor, was released to the great relief of those who follow the eccentric Tessy, the Wise Woman of Ladyslipper.
Elaine is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, and kitchen herbalist and enjoys spending a great deal of time in her herb and perennial gardens.
Darcy Nybo developed a love for writing in Grade 2. Her writing skills have improved somewhat since then, as is evident by her success with her writing business – Always Write and her editing/publishing business Artistic Warrior. She is a multiple award winning author, a well-known freelance journalist, and a sought after editor, team book publisher and she teaches writing at Okanagan College. She has published three children’s books: Bark, Swat, Crunch!, Emma Jean Finds a Friend, and an Okanagan activity booked called the Great Grape Adventure. One day she hopes to make the time to publish her books of short stories and her novels.
Fred was born on the east coast of Canada and moved to the Okanagan with his parents in 1947. He’s is currently a farmer, a poet and a writer of lyrics. In his previous life he was in radio as a broadcaster, and he dabbled for a time as a bingo caller. His first book, One Old Stately Pine, contains poetic tales of heroes, villains, goold ol’ boys and friendly folk. As of 2016 he was president of the BCFGA and in 2015 the album Savage Steel was released, with two of Fred’s poems put to some damn fine music. Listen to Jim Dumas Pony Rider here. It’s 11 on the drop down on the right. You can follow Fred on twitter too! @
Heather Caruso was born and raised in Sydney, NS. As a young woman she moved to Toronto where she married her husband Sal and had two sons: Darrin and Randy. Years later, they all moved to Kelowna, BC, where they settled for good.
Now that her family is grown and she’s become a grandmother, her passions has turned to writing. Ten Little Stories is her first children’s book. Originally written for her grandchildren, she now shares them with you. At this time books are available in Kelowna only at Chapters and Scallywags.
When Zaynab Mohammed opened her life to poetry she had no idea where it would take her. Travelling the world with her typewriter and her backpack, Zaynab plays the words of her mind on her typewriter. The streets are her office, where typewriter at the ready, she unleashes the passion that burns deep within her. She faces the world with sensitivity and an open heart, sharing her true self with all those that cross her path.
Emma Brown moved to Canada from the northeast of England in 2004. Several years later she experienced a complete collapse of her thyroid and a severe iron deficiency. Chemically unbalanced, severely depressed, and living in a psychiatric ward, she fought her way back to a healthy life. She wrote Dark Moments in the hopes that it might help others who may also suffer from thyroid and iron deficiencies. Emma currently lives in the Okanagan in British Columbia with her husband and six wonderful children.
Beverly Phillips Lundgren
Beverly (Phillips) Lundgren was raised on a small family farm in southern Saskatchewan. In 1986, with $250 in the bank, she applied for an Eye Project in Mexico. Since then she has used her optical skills and finances to attend over 25 projects with Medical Ministries Canada. The proceeds from this book will go to cover future eye project expenses with Medical Ministries Canada for Beverly and her husband Lawrence, who fits artificial eyes. Her book, Harold the Goose, Finds his Family is currently only available directly from the author. Please contact us and we’ll forward your message to her.
Jean François Ducharme, PhD.
Jean François Ducharme is a renowned Canadian organisational psychologist, author, and coach. He helps people improve their efficiency at work, develop their potential, and overcome their interpersonal conflicts.
Dr. Ducharme of Montreal, PQ, is one of the authors of Bitch Fight. Working with these two professionals was a pleasure, and quite the challenge with time zones that were a day apart!
Vanessa Vershaw, M.Psych (Org) MAPS
Vanessa is an Australian organisational psychologist and coach who is passionate about unlocking leadership potential. She is a highly regarded trusted advisor to high level executives and Fortune 500 organisations. She is one of the authors of Bitch Fight.
Ted Moore has always loved music. After years of playing clubs and bars across Canada, Ted retired from music to become a teacher. The urge to perform was still there, and Ted took a Bon Jovi tribute band on the road. The band was a huge success and played fairs and conventions across North America and on cruise ships. Ted no longer performs; however, he has left his fans with his book, Tribute, that tells of his five decade love affair with music. He is no longer in public life and currently resides in Chilliwack, BC, with his wife Lhesa and their two daughters.