Books & Short Stories

Books & Short Stories

I used to have a blog, but I seem to have misplaced it. I hope to locate it soon. Perhaps it’s under the sofa, where all lost things tend to gather.

Until then, here’s a selection of my books and stories, and where you might discover them; just click on the title. I thank you in advance for your time and your support and your enthusiasm — these are the precious gifts that readers give to authors, worth more than silver or gold. (But equal to a very strong cup of coffee, which is the fuel that drives us through epic writing sessions, and must not be underestimated or undervalued. Coffee works magic.)

For the full list of publications, articles, and literary sundry in which I’ve dabbled, have a look at my curriculum vitae.



Bucket of Blood

Lizzie’s mother is dead, and left in the care of her prim older sister, the 15-year-old fears her carefree ways are over.  But when tragedy strikes her small community in the summer of 1898, Lizzie discovers a sinister web of lies and deception, of murders past and present. Fierce resentments and racial tensions boil beneath the illusion of civilization. Soon, Lizzie finds herself ensnared in a secret that stretches from the opium dens of British Columbia and the alleys of San Francisco to the jungles of Panama and beyond — and it’s a secret that the murderer will do anything to protect.


Mark of the Magpie

When Lizzie Saunders and Chen Shaozhu arrive in the port city of Victoria, BC, she dares to imagine a place where they can enjoy a happy future together. With the help of the cantankerous Mr. Fish, Lizzie begins to cultivate friendships: she volunteers with an amateur theatre group, studies medicine, tends the garden, and settles into a comfortable life of social engagements and high tea. But the crimes of her family can not be completely forgotten, no matter how hard she pretends to be normal. When a gruesome murder stirs up ghosts from her past, someone – or something – begins to haunt her through the city’s dark alleys, seedy taverns, wharves and opium dens. Is it her imagination, her guilty conscience, or a killer who knows her secret?


The Agony of St. Alice

With her hopes for a secure life in ruins, Lizzie Saunders finds herself on the run with an unexpected traveling companion: the thief, Jack Hunter. But the winter of 1898 is a difficult time to travel. After fleeing Victoria, the two fugitives soon find themselves stranded by snow, trapped with strangers in a remote sanitarium, and the law closing in. Lizzie discovers that nothing at St. Alice Hotel is what it seems. Every guest harbours secrets, and when she befriends a dying patient, Lizzie begins to suspect that his malady is not of natural causes, but a most curious and wicked attempt at murder. Equal parts mystery, adventure, and Canadian history, ‘The Agony of St. Alice’ follows Lizzie as her journey takes her deep into the snow-bound wilderness, where monsters prowl and hunger reigns, and the winter turns weak men cruel.



The Tattooed Wolf 

Morris Caufield thought he’d seen it all — until the moment Dan Sullivan walked into his office. Dan needs a divorce lawyer he can trust, and he thinks Morris is the man for the job. The thing is, Dan wants Morris to represent his wife. Who tried to kill him. Twice. And as if that wasn’t enough, Dan expects Morris to buy some crazy story about werewolves…

(Hic Dragones Press, 2014)



Selected Anthologies with my short stories


In An Unknown Country

“Other Worlds, unfamiliar territory, places we should not be! Wanderers in strange lands and those who have strayed just a little off the path face their fates in an unknown country. A selection of short and flash fiction exploring the unfamiliar, new worlds and new perspectives.”

(Fox Spirit Books, 2016)




The Best of LSQ: The First Five Years

“The writers gathered in these pages, from every corner of the globe, are explorers of wonder, magic, and places beyond the stars. They are also explorers of what makes us human, in heart, mind, and spirit.”

(Luna Station Press, 2015)




The Girl at the End of the World Vol. 2

“Across two volumes, The Girl at the End of the World offers forty-one striking visions of the apocalypse and the women and girls dealing with it. From gods to zombies, from epic to deeply personal, from the moment of impact to a future where life is long forgotten; bestselling authors and exciting new writers deliver tales you’ll still remember when holed up in a fallout shelter with one remaining bullet and a best friend with a suspicious bite mark on their neck.”

(Fox Spirit Books, 2014)



In The Company of Animals

“Animals fascinate us humans, and we relate to them in a variety of ways. Whether we view them as companions, as workmates, as symbols, as totems, or as food, animals matter to us, and we want to tell their stories. In this collection, 38 writers from across Canada tell thought-provoking stories of extraordinary encounters with animals. From tributes to a favourite cat or dog to tales of a chance encounter with a moose or a cougar, the writers cover a wide range of encounters with a wide variety of animals—from rats and salamanders to wolves and bears. These writers are people who pay attention to animals, their natures and personalities and what they can teach us, and they ask us to pay attention too.”

(Nimbus Publishing, 2014)




“Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is the baddest of girls, the fatalest of femmes – but she is also the excluded, the abject, the monster.

The Wolf-Girls within these pages are mad, bad and dangerous to know. But they are also rejected and tortured, loving and loyal, avenging and triumphant. Some of them are even human…”

(Hic Dragones Press, 2012)



100 Stories for Queensland

“100 Stories for Queensland is a charity anthology created to assist the victims of the 2010-2011 Queensland floods. All profits from the sale of the anthology are donated to the Queensland Premier’s Relief Appeal.”

(emergent Press, 2011)



She’s Shameless Anthology

“With wit and honesty, the writers share stories of their teen experiences (both positive and negative) on everything from pop culture to high school principals. The book is founded on Shameless magazine’s tradition of smart, sassy, honest and inclusive writing that reaches out to young female readers who are often ignored by mainstream: freethinkers, queer youth, young women of colour, punk rockers, feminists, intellectuals, artists and activists.”

(Tightrope Books, 2009)




“With Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist stories by 44 literary and genre authors, the anthology explores non-realistic artistic fiction that reviewers called ‘bold, haunting, and remarkable’”.

(OmniDawn Press, 2006)