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JCVArtStudio from The Dressing Room

By Joanna Vandervlugt
Author of The Unravelling and soon to be released sequel Dealer's Child, Joanna Vandervlugt will take you on a creative journey whether it's discussing writing tips, chatting with guest authors and artists or escaping into a story.
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JCVArtStudio from The Dressing Room

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JCVArtStudio from The Dressing Room

Elgon Williams - Becoming Thuperman
"When the rubber meets the road," Elgon Williams. It was a trip down memory lane talking with Elgon Williams about his novel, Becoming Thuperman, the first in his Thuperman series. His middle-grade reader novel takes the reader to simpler times, in fact 1988, through the eyes of Will, his 8-year old protagonist. I enjoyed interviewing Elgon as I virtually jumped across the border to Las Vegas to chat with this Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery author. Elgon was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He grew up on a farm in southeastern Clark County near the town of South Charleston. He’s a graduate of Purdue University, The University of Texas, and the Defense Language Institute. We talked books, piano, karate, life choices and even a little about the Vietnam War.  The One & Only Elgon – Where the Magic Is Real ( Elgon Williams (@elgon.williams) • Instagram photos and videos
May 8, 2021
K.L. Abrahamson - Through Dark Water
Multi-published author and Ellery Queen author, K.L. Abrahamson is in the dressing room. On Karen’s website, the visitor is greeted with these words, “Writing at the dangerous ends of the earth; The various incarnations of Karen L. Abrahamson.” Karen writes, mystery, fantasy, and romance. She is also a prolific short story author and her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies.  Karen has worked as a special constable, a correctional officer, a probation officer and ESL instructor. She has travelled to East and West Africa, Burma, China, Northern India, and Peru. We talk about stepping out onto the ledge when writing, real camping, and her thrilling and breath-taking novel, Through Dark Water. We had a great discussion even after being podcast-bombed by Shiva and Ozzy. Writing at the dangerous ends of the earth – The various Incarnations of Author Karen L. Abrahamson ( Karen L. Abrahamson | Facebook
May 1, 2021
Alisha Sevigny - The Lost Scroll of the Physician
Alisha Sevigny is an author of Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s Books. She is a literary consultant for those seeking assistance in writing and publishing their novel. She holds a degree in Professional Writing and Sociology from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and yoga teacher. She is passionate about Ancient Civilizations and her new middle-grade series Secrets of the Sands launched in 2020 with The Lost Scroll of the Physician and is followed by The Desert Prince. No matter what your age, this is a thrilling series for any lover of Ancient Egypt, mystery and adventure. Alisha Sevigny alisha sevigny (@alishasevigny) / Twitter (2) Alisha Sevigny, Author | Facebook
April 24, 2021
Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga - Forget-me-not Forever
Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga leads the Digital and Content portfolio, weaving in the contractual  sponsorship assets from the sports and entertainment properties in the Rakuten portfolio.  Prior to Rakuten, she worked for ASICS in Sponsorship Activation, Sports Marketing, and PR roles at the Global Headquarter (Kobe, Japan) and Scandinavian office in Stockholm, Sweden.  She also worked as a Tokyo based BBC World Service freelance reporter. Vanessa holds a  Master’s Degree in "Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of  Olympic Events" from the International Olympic Academy and a BA Journalism from City  University, London. She has run 6 marathons. Vanessa is also an author. She published her  debut novel in Swedish on International Women’s Day 2020, and had it translated into English. Forget-me-not Forever is available on Kobo as an eBook. Join Vanessa and I as we talk about translations, Frankensteining-sections of text, using the New York marathon as a metaphor for life and why Vanessa is constantly receiving pancake emojis.  Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga - Senior Manager | Global Sports Digital Strategy - Rakuten | LinkedIn Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga | Facebook Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga (@vanessaaselltsuruga) • Instagram photos and videos Forget-me-not Forever eBook by Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga - 1230003979167 | Rakuten Kobo Canada Förgätmigej för alltid eBook by Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga - 1230003700594 | Rakuten Kobo Canada
April 17, 2021
S.M. Freedman - writing what she fears
International Amazon Bestselling author, S.M. (Shoshona) Freedman, joins me in the dressing room. Her debut novel The Faithful was selected by Suspense Magazine as a "Best Debut of 2015." The sequel, Impact Winter, was published in 2016. Shoshona and I talk about writing what we fear, nightmares, keeping the intensity and keeping the story human. Shoshona acknowledges "working" to write the perfect narrative paragraph, and she jokes about the original title for her standalone thriller The Day She Died, a novel I could not put down. We delve into Judaism and Catholicism. Shoshona is currently working on the third and final instalment in The Faithful Series. Her standalone psychological thriller novel, The Day She Died, published by Dundurn Press, is being released April 27. Signed copies of The Day She Died is available through Book Warehouse. Shoshona is a proud member of the Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. At my urging, Shoshona shares what it was like to watch the sun set on a rooftop in New York City during Thrillerfest. S.M.F (  S.M. Freedman - Home | Facebook S.M. Freedman (@smfreedmanauthor) • Instagram photos and videos S.M. Freedman - Pre-order The Day She Died Now (@SMFreedman) / Twitter
April 10, 2021
Alice Bienia author of Knight Trials
Alice Bienia has a passion for nature, photography, motorcycles, and coffee. She went to university and emerged with a Bachelor of Science in geology. Her work in remote regions of Canada honed her insatiable curiosity, fueled her imagination and deepened her desire to learn. She writes full time. She approaches her creativity, imagination with the all important, ‘head down, butt in chair,’ skill she’s acquired along the way to creating challenging crimes. The author of Knight Blind and numerous published short stories, Alice Bienia is in the dressing room to talk about her second novel in her Jorja Knight series, Knight Trials, as well as motorcycles, writing a novel with three plot lines, and should Jorja try sushi? If you want to learn more about Alice check out her website Alice Bienia – Crime Writer, and facebook page Alice Bienia | Facebook
April 3, 2021
Judy Toews - Lucky Jack Road
As a child Judy Toews published the neighbourhood news at $0.25 a pop, then she was the editor of two school newspapers. Her first novel, Give Out Creek, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel and the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery novel. Her protagonist, Stella Mosconi, is a newspaper reporter, and we discuss Judy's second novel in the Stella Mosconi series, Lucky Jack Road. Judy used to work as a nutritionist. She has a love for science and forensic work. Judy shares a few good resources, such as Howdunit Forensics: A Guide for Writers, written by D.P. Lyle. To learn more about Judy check out her website She can be found on Instagram at JG Toews (@jgtoews) • Instagram photos and videos Twitter JG Toews (@JudyToews) / Twitter and on Facebook JG Toews | Facebook.
March 27, 2021
Sisters in Crime - Canada West - the Crime Wave anthology
Crime Wave is the  Canada West anthology published by the Sisters in Crime - CW chapter. It features K.L. Abrahamson, J.E. Barnard, Alice Bienia, Marcelle Dubè, Debra Henry, Winona Kent, Charlotte Morganti and Merrilee Robson. Melodie Campbell writes the Foreword in this collection explaining why crime has always been a woman's genre, and each of these talented authors joins me in the dressing room. I learned a lot such as retro-fitting a story, skiing 10 kilometres in -20 degrees in the Yukon, working from a 3-act structure, the snowflake method of plotting and there's even some Shakespeare. As much as these authors are dedicated and serious about their craft, they are also incredibly funny.  Thank you Sisters in Crime - CW for joining me in the dressing room. We have to do this again in person. Cheers.
March 20, 2021
Jennifer Kaddoura, Editor
"Play with words." Editor Jennifer Kaddoura is an artist who has found her perfect creative space. Her devotion to critical thinking, creative writing and empathy is obvious in her editing approach. Jennifer is intensely curious about insights gained through lived experience and finds joy in helping her clients achieve their publishing goals. She encourages her clients to courageously share their insights, helping them to present their vision clearly and, often, compellingly. “What matters in this complex and crowded world is the authenticity and clarity of your voice — freeze-framing your kaleidoscope so that others may benefit from your insights.” She has extensive experience in both customer service and editing. She began her career at an innovative, fast-growing software company. Her client service skills and commitment to meeting every deadline propelled her into positions requiring steadfast dependability. She became the primary relationship contact for numerous large companies in both Canada and the US, as well as the primary contact for white-glove executive services across all clients. When the company sought to better their education materials, her talents in clear communication and document design were put to use in the position of comprehensive editor. She has since moved to Victoria, B.C., where she is employed as a Legislative Editor for the B.C. Attorney General Ministry. Additional Victoria editing experiences include Senior Editor at Hansard Services, with the Legislative Assembly of B.C., as well as editing various projects through her freelance platform — historical fiction, creative non-fiction, online material, professional content for small businesses and local-area artists and academic theses (Master's level), with projects in Canadian and American English. Jennifer Kaddoura Editorial Services (
March 13, 2021
Andre Gress - Urban Fantasy Author
Andre Gress is the author of Boone and Jacque Saddleton's Secret, the first novel in his urban fantasy series. In this novel readers are introduced to the great friendship between Boone and Jacque as they discover there's more going on in Saddleton. Why do the teachers only teach history from grades to 3 to 5? Who is Shammy, the girl who, "smells like cotton candy and cookies," and should Boone and Jacque join the Saddleton Truth Seekers? Andre discusses drawing upon real life events to shape Boone and Jacque's journey and the underlying themes.  Andre is writing book 3 and when he's not involved with Boone and Jacque's adventures, he writes poetry which can be found on his website agflitcher – writing is truly powerful when someone says thank you for what you created. (
March 6, 2021
Inga Kruse - Lou and the Whale of a Crime
Inga Kruse has been writing since she first drew and wrote political newsletters for her classmates in grade 4. Twenty years ago this Montrealer moved to BC, captivated by its rugged mountainous landscape and the love of her life. Her young adult mystery novel Lou and the Whale of a Crime features Lou, a fifteen-year-old teenage girl who, with her curious engineering mind, builds her own spy gear. Lou and her huge Great Dane, Rocky are befriended by Oliver, a wheelchair user. He is known for his clever Shakespearean quotes and his determination. The two are thrust into a serious investigation that has international implications. Inga outlines the depths she undertook to authentically represent the Indigenous people of Squamish, and the detailed feedback she received from her 12-year-old beta readers. Inga has her own amazing backstory. She explains the inspiration behind the exoskeleton, a project she was involved with as executive director of a charitable Veteran's organization, They rallied with others behind Captain Trevor Greene, the man MacLeans magazine captioned the Iron Soldier.
February 27, 2021
Jenn Ashton - Creativity Unleashed
Jenn Ashton considered herself a writer at age 6 and she was first published at age 14. She writes in many genres and forms from children's books, newspaper editorials, music magazine columns to training materials and literary fiction. In 2015 she began working as a virtual artist in North Vancouver. Her work has the nuances of Picasso. In 2020 she was long listed for the Kanturk Arts Festivals' Flash Fiction, in 2019 she was the recipient of the Muriel's Journey Prize for Poetry as well as the Jericho Writer's Flash Contest.  She searched for her First Nation's family history.  Her fiction novel, People Like Frank: And Other Stories from the Edge of Normal, will have you laughing and reflecting, as you follow the stories of life's real heroes--the people on the edge. Author Jenn Ashton ( Jenn Ashton Art (
February 20, 2021
Helen Garlick - No Place to Lie
Helen Garlick joins me from the UK. We talk about her memoir, No Place to Lie. Helen and I discuss the circumstances surrounding her brother's suicide, the importance of conversation and having no secrets, expressing and showing love. Despite our serious conversation we also share light moments and special memories, including when Helen met Princess Diana. Hello! It's better to talk - YouTube
February 13, 2021
Erik D'Souza - Indie Author and Publisher
Point of view such as 3rd person fixed, back stories for all characters, creating tension in a cozy, check out today's podcast with multi-published author Erik D'Souza as we discuss his latest novel Death in Halfmoon Bay, a Suzanne Rickson mystery. Erik's first book, Straight Men in Gay Bars sold internationally. His novella and short stories have been published in various literary magazines, both in print and online. Like all authors, Erik has many stories to tell. We talk about the characters in Death in Halfmoon Bay, finding humour at the kitchen table and paying homage to writing greats Agatha Christie and L.R. Wright. Learn which Canadian authors are Erik's favourite, 3 out of 4 who have stopped in the dressing room. Get the scoop on his publishing company Timbercrest Publishing and how it has helped authors reach their publishing dreams. As well as, find out what everyone keeps asking Erik to write about. and
February 6, 2021
Multi-Series Mystery Author Brenda Chapman
Mystery, plotting and poetry. Brenda Chapman is the author of over twenty published novels, and that’s not including short stories. She has written the lauded Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series, the PI Anna Sweet mystery novellas and the Jennifer Bannon mysteries for middle grade readers. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including 4 Arthur Ellis awards. We talk about her latest novel, Closing Time, as well as Elmore Leonard, Ann Gorman and Bob Dylan. Brenda Chapman – Mystery Author
January 30, 2021
The Barbara Fradkin Interview
Barbara Fradkin's latest Amanda Doucette novel is being launched January 28, 2021, and you have an invite to her free launch. Listen to our informative podcast and how Barbara is paying homage to Canada and its beautiful scenery through her writing. Learn about a braided story and how each chapter should have conflict. And, MacKenzie and Ozzy did not steal the show, although they tried. Grad a coffee, tea or glass of wine and enjoy writing wisdom from Barbara. Barbara Fradkin - Home
January 23, 2021
Linda Maki, the creative behind Lanyos Handmade
Your purse is made out of wine cork. Join me in a fun conversation with my sister, Linda Maki, the entrepreneur behind the shop Lanyos Handmade and the writer of the sewing blog Nice Dress! Thanks I Made It. Linda’s journey started in her teens with a blue sewing machine and a pair of pink pants. As an adult, to satisfy her purse habit, she started creating her own purses. Linda’s philanthropy includes making masks, the proceeds of which are donated to the ALS.
January 16, 2021
Lou Who?
Lou Who? Louise Johnson is the author of Lou Who? a memoir of self discovery, as well as the blogger of the popular blog Divorced and Dating at 30 Blog - Author Louise Johnson ( In 2013 Lou saved herself from a destructive marriage, and with a one-way ticket in her hand, she left behind her old life in Edinburgh, Scotland and started a new life in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her memoir reflects her honest and raw journey of self discovery. Louise Johnson - Author of Lou Who?
January 9, 2021
The Self Publishing Agency
This entrepreneur has been in the top 5 for the BC Business Awards. She has written her own memoir, a beautiful love story. She has met with Hollywood execs to get her memoir optioned into a movie. Writers who have self-published with her have seen their books optioned. Her self-published authors have been written about in U.S. trade magazines. She has been featured on Global TV as well as in “I Like Her Style” Magazine and the cover of North Van Run magazine. The CEO behind The Self-Publishing Agency, Megan Williams, is on today's podcast.
January 2, 2021
Tarneet Kaur - escaping into Abstract
Tarneet Kaur is an abstract artist from Ontario. She has been featured by Art Feature Magazine and World Art by Ecoreal. Her use of bright colours in her abstract pieces are beautiful. Her art is available on coasters, pillowcases and prints which can all be purchased through her Etsy shop Soul Art One.
December 26, 2020
Alice Bienia of Calgary discusses characters and plotting
Alice Bienia is the author behind the Jorja Knight mystery series. Her debut novel was a 2016 Arthur Ellis Award finalist for unpublished crime novel. Alice's writing is clear and fast-paced. You'll find yourself staying up late to read "one more chapter," and then laughing out loud with her humour. Alice is a member of the Sisters of Crime. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Website:
December 19, 2020
Judy Penz Sheluk
 A talk with the Chair of the Crime Writers of Canada and multipublished author Judy Penz Sheluk about her mystery series, writing cozies, plotting, and hooking in the reader. Do you know what a holographic will is?
December 12, 2020
Tara Moss - International bestselling author
Tara Moss, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador talks about her latest book, The War Widow, a gripping novel set just after WW II. Discover Tara's latest heroine, P.I., Billie Walker, a fierce feminist heroine. As well, learn what Tara has endured for the sake of research.
December 6, 2020
Can't Breathe
Laesa Faith Kim's novel, Can't Breathe, won the 2020 Whistler Writer's Independent book award. Laesa's writing is honest and raw. You will reach for tissues and laugh out loud, as you read her story about raising her beautiful little daughter, and the challenges involved . A story that renew one's faith in humanity. 
December 2, 2020
Tony Ollivier, thriller author of The Amsterdam Deception
With his debut novel, The Amsterdam Deception, Tony Ollivier takes readers on a dangerous adventure through the streets of Paris and Amsterdam with hero David Knight battling not only his memories, but the memories of a dead spy. Tune in to learn about Tony's writing process and the rockstars of writing.
November 29, 2020
Mamma Marzia's Kitchen
How do you make the perfect espresso? What should you do to your pasta for good luck? Tune in to listen to Mamma Marzia as she talks about leaving Italy and coming to Canada, and the love and stories behind each recipe in her cookbook.
November 25, 2020
Seamus Heffernan author of the Thaddeus Grayle series
Seamus Heffernan says, "...if you want a fun story..." join Seamus and I as we talk about writing expectations, balancing fatherhood with writing a novel, and the highs and lows of being an author. Seamus Heffernan
November 21, 2020
PART 2 - Dave Butler - eco mystery author
Tune in for part 2 as Dave talks about the 3 "p's" in writing, hearing his first night hunt and sharing many insights in the writer's journey. The Author – Dave Butler Writing
November 18, 2020
Dave Butler, eco mystery author
Learn about the new mystery genre gaining momentum involving a new type of heroine. Tune in for Part 1 of this fun and engaging interview with award-winning and multi-published author, Dave Butler. The Author – Dave Butler Writing
November 15, 2020
Blue Devil Books - Brian Richmond
This is the episode every indie author needs to hear. Blue Devil Books in the U.K. wants to promote you. Brian Richmond joined me and explained the process and the desire to support indie authors from around the world. Check it out. Home (
November 7, 2020
Setting the scene
Using her own novel, The Unravelling, as an example, Joanna provides listeners with tips of what to include in your scene. Tune in for updates and announcements.
November 4, 2020
ART tag - a talk across the Canada/US border
Be entertained by Joanna's and Rachel's intimate, lighthearted and reflective art conversation across the Canadian/US border.
October 28, 2020
A captivating discussion with author J.E. (Jayne) Barnard about her latest novel Why The Rock Falls.
The Falls is more than a mystery series. It takes on issues such as PTSD and M.A.I.D. Listen to this intimate discussion with Jayne Barnard as she talks about drawing upon personal experiences to bring these issues to light. Author Talk (
October 24, 2020
An interview with multi-published author Winona Kent.
A fun heartfelt interview with author Winona Kent, discussing everything from book covers, a G-String, writing, publishing, characters and locations. Winona Kent
October 17, 2020
Dont Judge A Book By It's Cover
Joanna takes listeners on her journey independently publishing her novel after not writing for 20 years to the valuable lesson she learned about having the right book cover.
October 10, 2020
October 9, 2020
October 9, 2020