Wednesday Welcome

Wednesday again! Are your weeks speeding by as quickly as mine are?

Have you written today? If so, good for you! If not, are you here procrastinating when you could be writing? If you are, then how about you meet these two presetners and then turn off the internet for awhile and get some words on paper? Remember, this day we write! (Not just surf...)


First up for today is editor Ruth Linka, who's maintaining an air of mystery because I don't have a picture of her just yet:

Ruth Linka began her career in publishing at Coteau Books, a literary publisher, working in promotions and editorial. Since then she has worked at Raincoast Books as the Production Manager and Associate Art Director, and at NeWest Press as the General Manager. In 2001 Ruth and business partner Lee Shedden formed Brindle & Glass in Alberta and were awarded "Emerging Publisher of the Year" at the 2003 Alberta Book Awards. Arriving at TouchWood in 2007 with Brindle & Glass in tow, Ruth is now the Publisher for TouchWood Editions, of which B&G is the literary imprint. She serves on the Association of Book Publishers of BC board and has also been a board member for the Literary Press Group of Canada, the Book Publishers of Alberta, and various community theatres and projects.

Brindle & Glass and TouchWood Editions publish in the following areas: literary fiction and non-fiction with a contemporary feel and timely themes, cookbooks and books about food and drink, regional histories of people and places in Canada’s West, and crime fiction.

Welcome, Ruth!


This year marks the return of swashbuckling author Chris (C.C.) Humphreys:

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys is an actor, playwright, fight choreographer and novelist. Major roles have included Hamlet, Jack Absolute and the original voice of Salem the Cat in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

He has written seven historical fiction novels: The French Executioner, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002; and its sequel, Blood Ties, a bestseller in Canada; Jack Absolute, The Blooding of Jack Absolute and Absolute Honour - short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association. His latest are: Vlad – The Last Confession, the epic novel of the real Dracula (Sourcebooks May 2011) and the recently published, A Place Called Armageddon (Hachette June 2011). He has just finished his new novel about William Shakespeare’s fight choreographer.

He also writes for young adults: a trilogy called The Runestone Saga consisting of, The Fetch, Vendetta, and Possession. (Knopf). His latest YA novel is The Hunt of the Unicorn (Knopf), runner up in the recent M Awards, Victoria BC. He is translated into thirteen languages.

Chris lives in a forest on Salt Spring Island, BC, with wife, son and cat – who is not called Salem.

Welcome back, Chris!

More soon... now go write!