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Brian Henry has been an editor, teacher, and writer for more than 25 years. In Canada, he has edited for Boston Mills Press, General Publishing, and Harlequin Books, and in the United States for Kensington Publishing and Meteor Publishing. He has reviewed books for The Toronto Star and Books In Canada, written numerous articles for The Canadian Jewish News and written opinion and analysis pieces for The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Canadian Jewish News, and the Jewish Tribune. Brian is also the author of a juvenile version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But he is perhaps best loved for his short personal stories, which have appeared in various venues. Brian is the publisher of Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers. He has led creative writing workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown, but his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students to get published.
Sylvia McNicoll wrote her first book, Blueberries and Whipped Cream, as a project for a college writing course in order to explore a tragedy that occurred in her own high school. She went on to teach creative writing at that same college for nine years, edit a parenting magazine for another eight years and write 31 more novels for a variety of age groups on a variety of themes. Most acclaimed are her three dog guide fostering stories: Bringing Up Beauty, Beauty Returns and A Different Kind of Beauty which won and were nominated for many children’s choice awards. Her 2015 novel Best Friends Through Eternity tells the story of an adopted Chinese teen for whom an ill-fated shortcut along a rail track leads to the discovery of some uncomfortable truths. Besides writing novels, restaurant reviews, travel articles and author profiles, Sylvia loves sharing her passion for the craft and teaching.