Kim Foster

Kim Foster is the author of A Beautiful Heist and A Magnificent Crime, the first two books in her Agency of Burglary & Theft series. Kim has a typical background for someone who writes thrillers about thieves, spies, and criminals: she has a degree in medicine and is a practising physician. 
Don’t worry, it doesn’t make much sense to her friends and family, either. 
Kim is also the health blogger for, and makes regular TV, radio, and speaking appearances. She lives with her husband and their two young sons in Victoria, BC, where she's hard at work on her next book. And drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee.

SiWC Workshops

Friday 3:30pm

It’s not hard to call up the names of incredibly talented writers whose health issues got the best of them: Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Stieg Larsson. As writers, we spend a lot of time in one place—namely, sitting in front of a desk or computer. The recommendation to “keep your butt in your chair” is awesome advice for your writing productivity...but not so awesome for your actual butt. Writers are prone to a multitude of ailments: carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, obesity, diabetes, eye strain, depression, alcoholism.... Staying health and—ideally—alive, are important investments in a nice, long writing career. In this talk, Dr. Kim Foster will be presenting solutions: ideas on incorporating exercise into a busy schedule, for example; strategies for dealing with the mental health threats of social isolation, deadline stress, and insomnia; and the mother of all questions: how much coffee is too much?

Saturday 10:30am

Got characters in your story who die, get injured, get sick? No time to go to medical school to make sure your details are plausible? No matter what genre you write, you want to get those medical facts right. What kind of events lead to a coma? How are viruses transmitted? What happens during an anaphylactic allergy? And what about those wonderfully dramatic—but tricky—scenes in hospitals: what’s the difference between a resident and an intern, for example? Why do some of them wear short white coats and some of them wear long white coats...and others wear no damn coat at all? Dr. Kim Foster is an author and a medical doctor, and in this presentation she’ll break down the myths and the tropes, and give you the answers you need for authenticity in your story. She went to medical you don’t have to.