R.J. Harlick is an escapee from the high tech jungle. After working for over twenty-five years in the computer industry, first for major computer corporations such as IBM and DMR Group, then with her own management consultancy practice, she decided that pursuing killers by pen would be more fun than chasing the elusive computer bug. Originally from Toronto, she, with her husband, Jim, and standard poodle, Miss Molly, now bides her time between her home in Ottawa and log cabin in West Quebec. A lover of the outdoors, she spends much of her time roaming the forests of the Outaouais.
Because of this love for the untamed wilds, she decided that she would bring its seductive allure alive in her writings. This she has done in her Meg Harris mystery series, a very Canadian series, where the wilderness setting plays almost as large a role as the main character, Meg Harris. There are 8 books in the series that travel as far a field as Nunavut and Haida Gwaii. Arctic Blue Death, the 4th in the series, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel.
She has also published short stories with the latest When the Red, Red Robin… appearing in the Ladies Killing Circle Anthology, Bone Dance. One of her stories, Lady Luck, was a winner of the 2002 Bony Pete award and appears in the Bloody Words Anthology.
A talk about the Meg Harris mystery series, its very Canadian perspective and the indigenous communities intertwined into the various books.
The workshop provides an overview of mystery writing and the various techniques used to write a suspenseful, fast pace and engaging crime novel.
a talk on writing in general and how to become a writer