G. D. Matheson was born Vancouver B.C. and raised on a remote Alberta horse ranch, where he completed high school by correspondence. Wanting to experience the world and work with people rather than horses, he left home in 1950 at age 17 to study railway station management and telegraphy with CNR. Studies in business management led to a career in the forest industry, where he retired as vice president of human resources for Weyerhauser Canada.
Still thoroughly engaged with the world and excited by virtually anything related to science and current events, Glenn was working on his third novel when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. He left us in the spring of 2015.
Dawn Renaud grew up on an isolated ranch outside Lumby, B.C., where some of her best friends were books. Sucked into the vortex of home computing back when a 40mb hard drive was considered impressive, she helped local business owners program their newfangled electronic cash registers. Gigs as a cellblock matron, teacher’s aide, and assistant literacy coordinator gave her plenty more fodder for fiction, as did the research for some two hundred magazine stories.
Today she’s a freelance editor, writer and writing coach, and the principal force behind d’Élan Publishing.
Lou Montgomery worked in north central British Columbia through the ’90s. During that time, another five young women vanished or were found murdered along Highway 16, the “Highway of Tears.” While local speculation as to who could be responsible for these crimes tended to center on long-haul drivers, Lou felt it was more likely to be someone who knew the area well—a logger, a rancher, a hunter or someone else who had a reason to be in the woods where the bodies of two of the young women were eventually discovered. Haunted by the belief that their killer was a neighbor, perhaps even a friend, Lou tried to find some peace in writing The Dumping Ground, coming in 2016.
Puzzled by some of her ancestors’ behavior, amateur genealogist E. M. Crawford was intrigued to discover a couple of psychics in her family tree. If only she could make some kind of connection with them and see how they lived. Her next thought was “Be careful what you wish for”—closely followed by “But wouldn't that make an interesting story?” Crossing the Line, the first book in her Ancestry Incarnate series, launches in 2016.
A published non-fiction writer, E. M. prefers to write fiction under a pseudonym.