A Fantastic Event Shared With Wonderful Authors

Glitches & Ghosts in the Attic Aside – The Feedback Has Been Awesome!

Congratulations everyone for making part 2 of JUZDIZRTS An Author Event a truly successful endeavor.  We had a fabulously diverse audience of all ages to match the magnanimous authors for which the event celebrated.

With a turnout of 35+ listeners for the readings and the high-energy conversation that followed during the meet & greet we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

As photos trickle in from various participants and audience members I look forward to posting a collage of the readings for your purview.

I hope to see each and every one of you again next year as the JUZDIZRTS Author Event prepares to partner with the WCYR (Writer’s Community of York Region) and a new book-related venue.

Good luck and happy reading/writing to all!

Melissa Moores, Event Director


JUZDIZRTS @ Covernotes in Newmarket!

Saturday August 17th from 1-3pm


The Newmarket JUZDIZRTS Author Event is less than 24hrs away.  You have had an opportunity to read about each author here on the official blog website and read an excerpt of their writing.  Now is the time to show your support in person if you live locally to the event.  We can’t wait to meet each and every person who has been following our progress these last few months. 

Should you be unable to attend due to time or distance, know that we carry your dedication with us in our hearts as we make tomorrow and event to remember.

Here is the official line up for the hour of readings:

V. M. Gopaul (Thriller) – 10 min.

Adrienne Clarke (Fantasy) – 10 min.

Murielle Bollen (Travel) – 10 min.

S. D. Livingson (Children’s Mystery) – 10 min.

Isobel Warren (Historical) – 10 min.

Sue Battle (Contemporary) – 5 min.

Erika Willaert (Science Fiction) – 5 min.

Our free door-prize draw allows each attendee one free ticket with a minimal donation request of $1 for additional tickets.  The draw is sponsored by Covernotes Tea & Coffee House and The Writer’s Community of York Region along with each participating author.

Don’t forget to stay for a chance to meet and talk with the authors immediately after the readings.

See you tomorrow!

JUZDIZRTS @ Covernotes Richmond Hill

Here’s a sneak peak at today’s author readings!

For anyone who joined us at the Author Event today I humbly request a sharing of pictures!  Unfortunately, I only own a simple point and shoot camera so many of my images are slightly out of focus – Smile, laugh, cry … relive the moment 🙂



JUZDIZRTS 2013Come one come all to the JUZDIZRTS Author Event in Richmond Hill @ Covernotes!

1pm – 3pm 10268 Yonge Street

JUZDIZRTS has 7 fantastic authors tingling with anticipation ready to share excerpts from their latest books.  Be sure to stay after the showcase to meet each one in person and learn more about their writings and experiences as we draw for free prizes, drink coffee, and enjoy each others company.

The Richmond Hill Line Up – July 27th

Thriller Author V. M. GopaulTainted Justice

Travel Author Jim ScottOn Five Continents and Three Oceans

Thriller Author Lawrence SegelSquaring the Circle

Eclectic Author Sherry LoefflerThat Dreaded ‘C’ Word

Contemporary Fiction Author Ruth E. WalkerLiving Underground

Short Fiction Anthology Authors Julie Achtermeier & Blair ThackwayWORDPLAY 2013

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! 

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.

Website: www.wordplayanthology.com

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.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sue.battle.1

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  http://www.commuterlit.com and http://www.kingmosaic.ca

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 http://www.julieachtermeier.com.

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.”