Today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” is murder mystery writer Catherine Astolfo, who is the author of the Emily Taylor Mystery series.
Like Saturdays guest Rosemary McCracken, Catherine heralds from Canada and that is just one of many links with my last shows guest.
Catherine is a Past President of Crime Writers of Canada and is a member of Sisters in Crime (Toronto). She is co-owner of Scribes Digest, an ezine for “lovers of the written word” (www.scribesdigest.com.
The writing bug hit her at a very early age and she well remembers writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. The fruition of this need to write however waited until she retired from education that she started actually finish her up until then just dabbled with novels.
Of course Catherine’s education background became par t of her work as the “Emily Taylor Mystery" series centers around an elementary school principal who becomes a reluctant sleuth through various circumstances.
Catherine’s first book “The Bridgeman”, was honored with a Brampton Arts Award, receiving such rave reviews that the debut book was quickly followed by “Victim”, “Legacy” and “Seventh Fire” which finally revealed Emily’s dark past.
The novels have now been purchased and re-launched by “Imajin Books” adding to the list of those who have read and enjoyed the “Emily Taylor Mystery’s”.
Don Graves said about the series and Catherine’s writing:
“When I reviewed your novel, Victim (An Emily Taylor mystery) I told my readers that I had discovered an exciting writer with a poignant capacity to tell a story full of energy and passion. Description, dialogue, plotting, all developed with the skill of a seasoned mystery writer. Victim made my top 10 books for 2007. I recently read Legacy. It solidified my feeling that you are a writer in for the long haul and should mature into a mystery author of the top rank in Canada.”
Catherine who has also won several awards for her short stories, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Crime Story in 2012 for her short story “What Kelly Did", is currently working on several new novels including two children’s mysteries and a darker mystery novel.
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