Canadian Crime Writers discussing the pleasures of reading and writing crime fiction

Canadian Crime Writers discussing the pleasures of reading and writing crime fiction

Our online panel of Canadian Crime Writers discussing their influences and their writing.

Watch the YouTube recording at: CWC Panel Discussion – Montreal Authors of Crime Fiction  from the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series of  October 14th.

Montreal-area members of Crime Writers of Canada discuss the pleasures of reading and writing crime fiction. Delvin Chatterson moderating with Anna Dowdall, A.J. Fotheringham, Russell Fralich, Michael Kent and Catherine McKenzie.


The discussion questions for each author (total 3 minutes max.):

  1. WHICH books or authors did you READ THAT INSPIRED YOU to write crime fiction? How did they affect your own choices of content and style?
  2. HOW did you make the transition from prior writing experience to WRITING CRIME FICTION?
  3. What READER FEEDBACK or review comments give you the MOST SATISFACTION?

Author Bios & Book Blurbs:

Delvin R. Chatterson

A writer for and about entrepreneurs – both business books and crime friction novels. Del has  written on business topics for decades and is now writing fiction with the Dale Hunter Series of crime novels – NO EASY MONEY, SIMPLY THE BEST, and MERGER MANIAC were published in 2018 and 2019, novels #4 and #5 are currently in process. Originally  from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Del has lived and worked for most of the past fifty years in Montreal.

Anna Dowdall

Anna Dowdall was born in Montreal and recently moved back here, which surprised no one but her. She’s been a reporter, a college lecturer and a horticultural advisor, as well as other things best forgotten. Her well-received domestic mysteries, After the Winter and The Au Pair, feature evocative settings and uninhibited female revenge, with a seasoning of moral ambiguity and noir. She reads obscure fiction in English and French and thinks Quebec is an under-recognized mise en scène for mystery and domestic suspense. Her latest novel is APRIL ON PARIS STREET.

 A.J. Fotheringham

Anne Fotheringham began scribbling stories and poetry at the age of nine and eventually built a career in journalism, communications, translation and publishing. Along the way, she raised four sons and published a children’s book, a poetry book, short stories and non-fiction.  She is currently writing a cozy mystery series based in the fictional town of Lamb’s Bay. Anne is a graduate of McGill University (BA) and Seton Hill with a Masters in writing and is also active in writers’ group and creative writing workshops. Her latest novels in the Lamb’s Bay Series are Dancing at Dove Lake and Death at Dune Road.

 Russell Fralich

Russell Fralich is the author of True Patriots, a critically acclaimed political-military action thriller, about separatist terrorists in Alberta published by Dundurn Press. An early excerpt from the novel won an emerging writer award at the 2017 Eden Mills Writers Festival and Kola Magazine published one of his short stories in 2019. He is also a husband, father, and a strategy professor at HEC Montreal. Before shifting his career path to academia, Russell worked in the aerospace and telecommunications industries in both engineering and management roles. He has degrees in engineering and a Ph.D. in Strategy.

Michael Kent

Michael Kent is a retired international management consultant and contrary to his technical writing, his fiction always has a tinge of humor and a special twist to the tale. A native of Montreal, Michael is fully bilingual, normally in the same sentence. His years as a private pilot, combined with avid reading and extensive traveling, have given him a storehouse stories to be shared with the world. Michael has also penned winning short stories in magazines and contests online and off. His highly recommended Lieutenant Robert Beaudry Detective Series has everything a mystery lover could ask for in a police detective” and includes the novels Bank Shot, Twice Dead, Folded Dreams and Dead Run.

Catherine McKenzie

Catherine McKenzie is the USA Today bestselling author of 12 novels, including The Good Liar, Hidden, I’ll Never Tell, and her latest international bestseller, Six Weeks to Live. Reviewers are saying: “What if you had to solve your own murder? This brilliantly crafted novel is a twisty and toxic psychological deep dive into mother-daughter relationships, jealousy, obsession—and gaspingly surprising revenge.”

Catherine lives and writes in Montreal and practiced law for twenty years before retiring to write full time.


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