Thriller Author V. M. Gopaul

Thriller Author V. M. Gopaul has joined has joined the JUZDIZRTS Author Event!

As a software and database specialist, Gopaul wrote seven books for IT professionals. He then turned his attention to writing two books on spirituality, which paved the way for a hidden passion to emerge.  When crafting and completing Tainted Justice, a lifelong dream of Gopaul’s became a reality.  He also wanted to be different, but only time will tell if he is successful.  One thing is for sure: everyday life struggles and triumphs that all of us face come alive in this first novel. He is bent on giving his readers a satisfying experience.

V.M. Gopaul loves fiction writing, it’s his newest passion.  He is currently writing Justice Denied.

Gopaul, husband, and father of two children, lives in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Tainted Justice Cover Image for V. M. Gopaul   Tainted Justice

Jason McDeere has lost his wife and family, but he’s not losing his job without a fight. His struggle to right the wrongs done to the hundreds of workers outsourced by software giant, Softek, lands him in the middle of a battle he’s ill prepared to fight. When Jason instigates a class action lawsuit against his ex-employer, it becomes apparent that Softek has much more to hide than their manipulation of a few employment laws. As things start to heat up, Jason discovers bugging devices in his house and a private investigator on his tail. Putting his super-nerd-hacker skills to work Jason uncovers the dirty secrets of the private investigator, Softek, and a powerful national politician.

A ruthless political strategist fighting for his candidate’s re-election has a lot to lose…and he is not about to let anything or anyone get in his way. If Jason and his conscience prove to be an obstacle, he knows a very effective way to getting rid of him–permanently. Now Jason’s family is in jeopardy, and he must run fast to save his children’s lives and his own. 

“The JUzDIzRTS Author Event is a great opportunity.  I can’t wait to participate again and meet fellow authors and members of the community.”

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Eclectic Novelist Sherry Loeffler

Eclectic novelist Sherry Loeffler has joined the JUzDIzRTS Author Event!

Sherry Loeffler is a widow living in Stouffville, ON, Canada. She has two children from her first marriage – Tim (wife Diana) and Hollie. She has five grandchildren – Kristi, Kyle, Jean-Marc, Victoria and Noah as well as one great-granddaugher, Chloe. She loves to read and write mysteries, having begun both as a teenager. She decided to put Frank’s (her husband) story in writing to inspire people and give them hope. This is her first non-fiction book. Although her forte is fiction, both adult and children, she is planning on writing another book on the effects and aftermath of living with cancer for 5 1/2 years.

List of Works:

THAT DREADED ‘C’ WORD – A non-fiction book about our journey with Cancer.

HOW NOT TO LOSE A LIBRARIAN – An adult mystery, the second in the HOW NOT TO series.

THE CRUISE SHIP THIEF – A Jeremy Rose adventure – a children’s adventure story.

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL – The life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of His Guardian Angel.

GOD LOVES THE CLOWN IN ME – The story of my ministry in clowning and magic to teach children.

That Dreaded C WordFrom Chapter One – THAT DREADED ‘c’ WORD:

August 2005
    My dear husband,
    One horrible Wednesday morning I picked up to phone to hear a doctor tell me, “Your husband is seriously ill.I have to operate, but I don’t expect him to come off the table alive.If you want to see him you have to be here within 1/2 hour.”
     I cried. We had plans. We wanted to travel. We wanted to grow old together. I didn’t know what to do.
     I was upset and mad at the doctor for being so uncaring. My anger grew when I found out he had told you that you were not going to live through the surgery.
      How could he be so unfeeling? People told me he wanted to be honest; he wanted to let me know how serious the situation was; that he didn’t want to mislead me. It was cruel and, I believe, unnecessary. He could have worded it better; He didn’t have to terrify me.
      Neither of us knew what the future held, but we did know that the doctor was not ultimately in charge, God was.There was a lot of prayer going up for you that day.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of JUzDIzRTS first author event. It’s exciting and I’m pleased to promote my first non-fiction book and spread the story of our experience of faith, hope and love. I’m hoping for a great turnout and to meet lots of new friends.”

Short Story Writers for WORDPLAY 2013

Short Story Anthology Writers Sue Battle, Erika Willaert, Julie Achtermeier, & Blair Thackway have joined the JUzDIzRTS author event!

WORDPLAY CoverWORDPLAY 2013:  Emerging Writers of York Region is a 124-page book of short stories, memoirs and poetry by fifteen students and alumni of Isobel Warren’s Right to Write creative writing classes in Newmarket.  This eclectic collection ranges from sci-fi and fantasy through romance and humour to wrenching personal experiences and social commentary.  Warren, editor and co-ordinator of the book, conceived the project not only as an opportunity for her talented students to be published but also as a learning experience as they come face to face with the real world of publishing — relentless deadlines, a stubborn editor, an opinionated art director, a pricey printer and all the pressures of marketing, distribution and publicity.  Everyone lived to tell the tale and revel in the results of their labours.

WORDPLAY 2013 – Table of Contents: Stoned for the Holidays – Julie Achtermeier; Flight – Corrie Adams; The Suit – Christine Barbetta; Grandpa – Sue Battle; A Battle of Wills – Laurie Caldi; MINE! – Leslie Jones-Lissack; Harbinger – Megan Morris; Lonely – Douglas Owen; Ray of Sunshine – Jennifer Sharko; Poems – Sneh Singwi; Molly Comes of Age – Gail Sellers; The Seduction – Ruth Tammert; Last Çall – Blair      Thackway; Revelations – Mike Walczak; Titania  – Erika Willaert.


JUzDIzRTS Event Participants


Sue Battle has been writing stories, poems and song lyrics for many years. Some of her poetry was included in an anthology of Soul Asylum Poetry titled Whispering Souls, published in 2006. Since retiring Sue continues to pursue her writing and attends Isobel Warren’s Creative Writing classes.

Grandpa: Marv, at age 70, is wracked with ill health and unhappiness. A life once filled with promise is nothing more than a tragic heartbreaking memory and now Marv just wants to be alone and spend his time fishing. The peace he seeks is shattered when a young boy comes crashing through the bush and despite Marv’s admonishments to go away, returns again and again. Their conversations reveal a need within each of them that culminates in a touching union of  two lonely souls.

“I am so looking forward to reading for the JUzDIzRTS audience. It’s an opportunity to meet other authors and discuss the art of writing. Writers depend in large part on each other for news of events and readings to help develop and publicize our writing. I am grateful for this forum and will attend with relish.”


Erika Willaert

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAErika Willaert, dancer by training and a teacher by trade, revived her passion for writing after a fifteen-year hiatus. She is usually either out in the forest with her two dogs or attending a live performance or movie where she is often the loudest audience member, much to the dismay of her children, Lukas and Saskia. Titania is her first attempt at science-fiction. Her writing can also be found at and

Titania: The title was a name I heard at Janis McCallum and Elaine Jackson’s writers retreat and I took it to mean a substance of solidity and strength. I also realized I remembered the Shakespearean name of the fairy queen from A Midsummer Night’s Dream incorrectly, and my gr 6 class told me it was one of Jupiter’s moons. Or was it Saturn’s? In any event, the story is the result of blended ideas that have combined in my imagination after reading a ton of books recommended by my students in an effort to keep up with their reading response content. One of my grade 7s figured out the narrator/heroine is a cyborg, and the poetically inclined narrative is my interpretation of the many sci-fi/fantasy movies I love to watch on the big screen. 

“JUzDIzRTS is like a gift from the writing fairy, Dorothea Helms, who ran a workshop with Ruth Walker that I took last year which spurred on my commitment to start entering more contests. Much gratitude and appreciation to Melissa Moores for the opportunity and platform.”

Julie AchtermeierWORDPLAY Julie Achtermeier

Julie Achtermeier credits her father’s fantastic storytelling and her mother’s whimsical poems for her early love of writing. Although Julie’s humourous short stories recount some of life’s greatest self-deprecating moments, a more serious piece, “The Red Devil”,  was a finalist in the 2012 CBC Canada Writes Short Story Contest.  Julie is a freelance writer living in Newmarket with her hilarious husband and two adorable, quirky children. Freelance business at

Stoned for the Holidays: A funny tale of Christmas Eve gone awry as a middle-age couple, Julie and Richard, and their two small children travel north to “cottage country” to spend a relaxing Christmas holiday among the snowy pines. Upon arrival, Richard finds himself stricken with excruciating back pain and is rushed to the local emerg where they await a diagnosis from a quirky doctor in a vacant hospital. As the clock ticks towards midnight, presents lay unwrapped and Julie struggles to feel sympathy towards her husband with so much left to do for the big day. Will they make it?

” I am excited to share my writing at the JUzDIzRTS Author Event and I hope to entertain fellow readers and writers with a comedic account of a modern day mishap.”


Blair Thackway’s 24 years with Toronto Fire Services could undoubtedly supply him with several books full of dramatic stories. But his day-to-day life, raising his young son and dealing with the traumas of his job, have limited his story-telling time — until now. Blair recounts his own heart-wrenching, soul-destroying experiences with insight and compassion for all who pursue this dangerous and often thankless job. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys spending time with his son.

Last Call: The story is a play on words about having that last drink at the pub before closing time and also the last significant emergency call I attended before going off work on a medical leave of absence to seek treatment for Traumatic Mental Stress. It describes what I went through as a result of facing a horrible fire tragedy that took the life of a mother and her young child. It is my first published attempt at coming to terms with the realities of a career that I dearly love and will return to shortly.  

“I am both nervous and excited to be privileged enough to be included in the JUzDIzRTS Author Event this summer. I hope it draws interest in the dedication that our emergency workers regularly show and will also be a further positive step towards rebuilding my confidence and thus my career and also inspiring me to continue to write.”

Contemporary Fiction Author Ruth E. Walker

Contemporary/Literary Fiction author Ruth Walker has joined the JUzDIzRTS Author Event!

Ruth E. Walker’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry have won prizes and appeared in magazines and journals in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A senior writer for the provincial government, she is also a past president of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region; co-founded/edited/published the first literary journal in Durham Region, LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview; served as artist in residence for the Durham District School Board and in 2008, launched Writescape Writing Retreats & Workshops in partnership with writer/editor Gwynn Scheltema. Her debut novel LIVING UNDERGROUND was published in 2012 by Seraphim Editions in Woodstock and is now in its second printing.
“An astonishing book that addresses – as no other that I’ve read lately – the complexity of love and memory and desire. —Barbara Lambert, author of The Whirling Girl

Living Underground CoverSheila Martin’s dismal childhood is irrevocably transformed when Sigmund Maier, the family’s enigmatic German tenant, introduces her to opera, music and much more. When he reappears in her ordered and successful adult life, Sigmund asks for her help with an immigration issue. A novel told in two points of view, LIVING UNDERGROUND take us on a journey through childhood and generations, allowing a glimpse into the secrets and mysteries that shaped these complex and intriguing adults.

“The world of books and publishing is undergoing a dynamic change. For writers, this has meant facing the challenge of competing in a massive global marketplace. But is also an amazing opportunity to seek out innovative and new opportunities to meet readers and engage in conversations through social media, public appearances and quiet, one-on-one chats. Thanks to Melissa Moores and the JUzTDIzRTS event for creating one of those wonderful opportunities; I’m honoured to be included.”


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Historical Fiction Author Isobel Warren

Historical & Literary Fiction Author Isobel Warren has joined the JUzDIzRTS Author Event!

Isobel Warren, a veteran journalist in print and broadcast and a Creative Writing teacher for three decades, is the author of five books, including her first two novels, In Them Days and Gypsy on Ice, both published by Cedar Cave Books in 2013.  She conceived and co-ordinated WORDPLAY 2013: Emerging Writers of  York Region, featuring fifteen previously undiscovered writers from her Right to Write classes in Newmarket. Co-founder and past-president of the Travel Media Association of Canada,, she is now a board member of the Newmarket Arts Council.

In Them DaysIn Them Days – a novel by Isobel Warren – Cedar Cave Books, Newmarket, 2013.

Julianna Chandler, compassionate and dedicated, took the Bass River Valley by storm in 1918.  Feminist, crusader and would-be doctor, she shocked the community by openly sharing her radical views on sex and birth control, women’s rights and health, politics and education.  Newly wed to Adam Chandler, the community’s wealthiest farmer, Julianna’s startling beauty and fearless activism make her the undisputed star of In Them Days. Isobel Warren draws upon the prejudices, superstitions, feuds and hero worship of a remote farm community to explore the challenges and turmoil that Canadian communities faced in the 1920s.

“Everyone knows that writing a book is hard work. But only when you’re in the thick of it do you realize that promoting that book, publicizing it, convincing readers to read it — that’s the hardest work of all.  That’s why I am so grateful  for the chance to brag, boast, flaunt and flog here in this welcoming setting, with the much appreciated help of JUzDIzRTS.” –  facebook – linkedin – twitter

Children’s Author S. D. Livingston

Children’s Mystery Series author S. D. Livingston has joined the JUzDIzRTS Author Event!

S.D. Livingston found her niche after publishing in several other genres. Her first novel, a historical romance, was published by Avalon Books in 2008. She soon followed that up with two self-published books, including the political thriller Kings of Providence.

But her literary heart really belongs to the stories that enchanted her as a kid, and there’s nothing she enjoys quite like working out the twists and turns of a spine-chilling mystery for young readers.

She’s a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and lives in Newmarket with her husband.

Madeline M - The Secret of the Mummy's TombS.D. Livingston will be reading from the first book in her new middle-grade series, The Secret of the Mummy’s Tomb.

On a creaking, windblown night, 11-year-old Madeline Mott’s dad disappears from the museum. He’s the Keeper of Unusual Items, so it’s no surprise that she finds a strange amulet on his desk. And when the amulet jolts her deep into the past she soon discovers where her dad’s gone—to ancient Egypt!

But she won’t have much luck finding him if she can’t get rid of Jack, a street urchin whose talent for picking pockets leads Madeline to discover it was the same amulet that swept him into the past, too.

He insists that Madeline can help him get back to Victorian London, and when the pharaoh’s palace turns out to conceal a startling secret, it might just be the clue to the entire mystery.

This is the first book in the Madeline M. series, and it launches Madeline and Jack on their time-travel adventures in an ancient land full of mummies, tomb robbers, and man-eating crocodiles. For readers 8-12.

“The JUzDIzRTS events are a perfect example of the right place finding the right time. Today’s local writers are on their way to being tomorrow’s bestsellers. What better way for readers to discover them, and for authors to connect with their audience? It’s a winning combination all around—with a great cup of coffee on the side!”

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