Authors 2009

Nominated Authors 2009

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William P. Young

William P. Young

Biography
Young was the eldest of four, born May 11th, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became his family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, he was granted unusual access into their culture and community. By the time he was 6 he was flown away to boarding school.

Writing Career
Young had written primarily as a way to create unique gifts for friends, until his wife repeatedly urged him to write something for their 6 children in order to put down in one place his perspectives on God and on the inner healing Young had experienced as an adult. The resulting manuscript (which later became The Shack), was intended only for his 6 kids and for a handful of close friends.

Young initially printed just fifteen copies of his book. Two of his close friend encouraged him to have it published and assisted with some editing and rewriting in order to prepare the manuscript for publication. Rejected by 26 publishers, Young and his friends published the book under the name of their newly created publishing company, Windblown Media in 2007. The company spent only $300 in advertising; word-of-mouth referrals eventually drove the book to number one on the New York Times trade paperback fiction best-seller list in June 2008. ”The Shack” was the top-selling fiction and audio book of 2008 in America through November 30. (Shelfari)

Shawn J. Pollett

Shawn J. Pollett

Biography

Shawn J. Pollett is a Christian who lives on a 150-acre homestead in Northern Ontario with his wife, three children, and an assortment of chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cattle.  A former academic with a Ph.D. in ancient history, Shawn acquired the “writing bug” as a child, but didn’t start to write seriously until he was almost forty.  His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Gateway, Dreams and Visions, DKA, Extremes, and others.  In 2002, he felt convicted to stop writing secular fiction and concentrate solely on Christian fiction.  He has just completed a novel, Christianus Sum, set during the persecution under the Emperor Decius in the mid-third century A.D., which blends his fascination with Church history and his love of Christ. (Double Edged Publishing)

N.J. Lindquist

N.J. Lindquist (Editor and Author)

Biography

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, N. J. was raised in several small towns in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. An only child who was so quiet her grade 11 homeroom teacher advised her parents to talk her out of her dream of being a teacher, she became a high school Teacher of the Year in Roblin, Manitoba.

Since her  marriage to Les Lindquist (from Swift Current, SK,) she’s lived in Regina, Calgary, Mississauga and Markham, Ontario. She has been part of two church planting teams, a writer and editor, a homeschooling pioneer, and many other things. She is currently a speaker, author, and mentor. (Personal Blog)

Wendy Elaine Nelles

Wendy Elaine Nelles (Editor)

Biography

Wendy Elaine Nelles is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor and speaker with wide-ranging experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. Her news articles, features and profiles have appeared on the front pages of Canadian Christian publications.

She holds an MA in Communications with high honour from Wheaton College, Illinois, for which she received the department award for top student; and a BA in English Literature and Psychology with high honour from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, for which she received department medals for top academic achievement, both majors.
Her work has impacted many of Canada’s writers and editors who are Christian, through co-founding The Word Guild in 2002 and directing many writing awards programs and writers’ conferences. The Toronto resident has served on the leadership team of Canada’s largest Christian writers’ conference, Write! Canada, for 21 consecutive years. Wendy is co-directing Write! Canada 2009, when we will celebrate the conference’s 25th anniversary from June 18 to 20. (Personal Blog)

Hot Apple Cider For information on all of the contributing authors of Hot Apple Cider check out www.hotapplecider.ca for the list of Canadian Authors one the right side of the page.

 

 

 Sigmund Brouwer

Sigmund Brouwer

Biography

Sigmund grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and developed an early interest in sports like hockey, racquetball, and biking. His poor performance in high school English classes led him to receive a degree in commerce from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and not to pursue writing. When a professor in his undergraduate English course encouraged him to write, Sigmund did, and he eventually received a degree in journalism from Carleton College in Ottawa. After publishing several articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines, he turned to writing books for kids reluctant to read.

In 1993, he cofounded The Young Writers’ Institute with home education expert and author Debra Bell and conducts writing camps and seminars for more than 10,000 children every year. His commitment to his faith is an integral part of his creative goals, and Sigmund cites C. S. Lewis as one of his greatest writing influences. Although there is no overt Christian agenda in his novels, the deliberate underpinning of morality and redemption make his books more than tools of escape. He quotes C. S. Lewis, “There is no Christian way to write, just as there is no Christian way to boil an egg.”

Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan; the couple have two daughters. He writes five pages per day on his laptop, whether he is in an airport, hotel, or dividing his time between family homes in Red Deer and Nashville. (Tyndale House Publishers)

Janette Oke

Janette Oke

Biography

Janette was born during the depression years to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, and she remembers her childhood as full of love and laughter and family love. After graduating from Mountain View Bible College in Canada where she met her husband, Edward, they pastored churches in Canada and the U.S., and they raised their family of four children, including twin boys, in both countries. Edward eventually became president of Mountain View Bible College and recently established a coalition of colleges that became Rocky Mountain Bible College.

During her earliest years, Janette sensed the desire to write. Though she yearned to be a published novelist, she devoted herself to being a wife and mother because, she says, “there is no higher honor—that is my number-one priority.” She began serious writing when her children were entering their teens. Her first novel, a prairie love story titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others. She reaches both religious and general markets, telling stories that transcend time and place. Her readers of all ages and walks of life can identify with the everyday events and emotions of her characters. Janette believes everyone goes through tough times—the key is to be prepared with a strong faith as the foundation from which decisions are made and difficult experiences are faced. That perspective is subtly woven throughout her novels.

After Love Comes Softly was published, Oke found her readers asking for more. That book led to a series of eight others in her Love Comes Softly series. She has written multiple fiction series, including The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful children’s picture book, I Wonder…Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Song of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn.

Janette Oke’s warm writing style has won the hearts of millions of readers. She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 President’s Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999 the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International. Beloved worldwide, her books have been translated into fourteen languages.

In recent years, Janette and her siblings lovingly restored their parents’ prairie farm home, and it now serves as a gift shop and museum of prairie life. She and her husband live nearby in Alberta, Canada, where they are active in their local church. Visits from their families, including their grandchildren, are their delight. (Personal Website)

Marcia Lee Laycock

Marcia Lee Laycock

Biography

I was raised on an island in Lake Huron, ran away to Alaska and then the Yukon, had a “road to Mayo” conversion in 1982, leaped by faith into Briercrest Bible College with my husband in 1985 and landed in the “promised land” of central Alberta in 1988.

I’ve had the privilege of living a few miles south of the Arctic Circle (Dawson City Yukon) and a couple of degrees south of the equator (Papua New Guinea). I suppose that’s why my writing is steeped in the imagery of winter, with the odd palm tree thrown in.

For the past 20 years, I’ve been a pastor’s wife, mother of three girls, caretaker of two dogs, a six-toed cat and sundry fish, and oh, yes, a freelance writer and speaker. The writing began in the attic of my parent’s house where I wrote stories for my dolls. None of them complained, so I kept it up. The Lord has abundantly blessed, challenged, rebuked, healed and restored me through the process of writing and being involved with writers. I am currently the president of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. The speaking began when I was asked to give my testimony at a women’s retreat in Tok, Alaska. (You can read a bit about that in Hot Apple Cider ) I have since spoken at many women’s retreats and one day events. The Lord continues to bless me as he blesses women through me. (Personal Website)

Susan Young de BiagiSusan Young de Biagi

Biography

Susan is originally from Cape Breton and has written or co-written several books as well as for multimedia and newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of New Brunswick. Susan and her family live in Powell River, British Columbia. This is her first novel. (Cape Breton University Press)

 

Donna DawsonDonna Dawson

Biography

I was born into a large military family. I understood Christianity in a casual way until mid-twenties and then turned heart over to Christ bringing a new understanding to marriage and parenting.

I like horses and have always loved creative writing. However, I waited until my children were grown before following God’s leading into fiction novel writing. I graduated from Long Ridge Writers Group in creative fiction and nonfiction. I like to look for the unnoticed things in life and use them in my writing. (Personal Website)

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill

Biography

Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. On his father’s side, Hill’s grandfather and great grandfather were university-educated, ordained ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His mother came from a Republican family in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from Oberlin College and went on to become a civil rights activist in D.C. The story of how they met, married, left the United States and raised a family in Toronto is described in Hill’s bestselling memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (HarperCollins Canada, 2001). Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.

Lawrence Hill’s third novel was published as The Book of Negroes in Canada, Great Britain, South Africa and India and as Someone Knows My Name in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. It won the overall Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The book was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award and longlisted for both the Giller Prize and the IMPAC Award.

Hill is also the author of the novels Any Known Blood (William Morrow, New York, 1999 and HarperCollins Canada, 1997) and Some Great Thing (Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1992).

Hill’s most recent non-fiction book The Deserter’s Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq (written with Joshua Key) was released in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and several European countries.

Hill won the National Magazine Award for the best essay published in Canada in 2005 for “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” (The Walrus, February 2005). In 2005, the 90-minute film document that Hill wrote, Seeking Salvation: A History of the Black Church in Canada, Travesty Productions, Toronto (2004), won the American Wilbur Award for best national television documentary.

Formerly a reporter with The Globe and Mail and parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press, Hill also speaks French and Spanish. He has lived and worked across Canada, in Baltimore, and in Spain and France. As a volunteer with Canadian Crossroads International, he has traveled to the West African countries Niger, Cameroon and Mali. He has a B.A. in economics from Laval University in Quebec City and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Hill now lives, writes and runs in Hamilton, Ontario. (Personal Website)

Steven Galloway

Steven Galloway

Biography

Steven Galloway was born in Vancouver (1975), and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. He is the author of Finnie Walsh (2000), Ascension (2003) and The Cellist of Sarajevo (2008). He teaches creative writing at UBC and SFU, and lives with his wife and two young daughters in New Westminster, British Columbia. (Book Browse)

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