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The random presenter introductions continue today with two writers who both happen to know more than a little about keeping readers on the edges of their seats.
First up today, say hello to Grant McKenzie:
Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing American thrillers, Grant likes to wear a toque and kilt with his six-guns. His debut novel, SWITCH, earned fantastic reviews internationally when it was published by Random House UK and Penguin Canada, plus in translation by Heyne Germany, Spring International Publishers of Taiwan and AST Russia. His second novel, No Cry For Help, surprised even his newfound fans by being even more nail-biting, and his third, K.A.R.M.A., cemented his reputation as "Harlan Coben on speed," as author Ken Bruen labelled him. His short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge, plus Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines, and his first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver, and is currently under consideration by an Australian movie company. As a journalist, Grant has worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business from the late-night “Dead Body Beat” at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada’s largest broadsheets.He currently resides in Victoria, B.C., where he is Editor-in-Chief of Monday Magazine.
Welcome to SiWC, Grant!
Always an energetic presence with great stories to share, Michael Slade is back!
MICHAEL SLADE is a criminal lawyer and the author of 14 dark mystery thrillers, from HEADHUNTER (1984) to RED SNOW (2010). He was Guest of Honour at Bloody Words, Canada's crime writing convention, in Victoria in 2011, and was Guest of Honour at the World Horror Convention in Seattle in 2001. He has acted for both the defence and the prosecution in more than 100 murder cases. He argued the last death penalty case in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been the subject of three documentaries by the CBC, including "Gzowski's People" and "The Fifth Estate." The Mounties invited Slade to their Red Serge Ball. He was guest speaker at three RCMP Regimental Dinners; the Canadian Librarians Convention; the Vancouver Magistrates Dinner; the Romance Writers of America's Convention; the Canadian Booksellers Convention; and this fall will speak to the Canadian Federation of University Women. For the past three years, he's taught "How to Write a Mystery" and "How to Write a Thriller" at Simon Fraser University and the Mystery Writers Retreat. For the past eight years, he's taught at the Surrey International Writers Conference, where he presents "Michael Slade's Shock Theatre." In the Morgue at the Slade Website - http://www.specialx.net/specialxdotnet/morgue.html - he performs an autopsy on each of his novels to show how he plots. In researching those plots, he's climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, almost lost his life on safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana, and descended into the secret cannibal cave of the Cook Islands.
Welcome back, Slade!