ABOUT JEAN MILLS
Writerly Background: Two new YA novels coming in 2023: Bliss Adair and the First Rule of Knitting (Red Deer Press, March 2023) and Wingman (Orca Books, April 2023, an Orca Soundings title.) My latest book is The Legend (Red Deer Press, November 2021). I’m the author of Skating Over Thin Ice (Red Deer Press, 2018; 2019 Red Maple Fiction nominee; 2019 USSBY Outstanding International Books List) and Larkin on the Shore (Red Deer Press, 2019; named to 2020 Whippoorwill Award list), four novels for young readers (Wild Dog Summer, The Legacy, Abby and the Curling Chicks, The Toymaker’s Son), as well as three books for ESL students. My short stories, articles, reviews and personal essays have appeared in publications across Canada. For 15 years I was a professor of Communications at three different colleges and was a writer/editor on the Media & Communications team at Curling Canada before leaving to concentrate on my own writing.
Personal Background: Born in Toronto, lived in smaller communities around Ontario, now in Guelph. BA and MA from Queen’s University (Kingston) specializing in Old Icelandic. Reader of mysteries. Devotee of long, fast, hilly walks. Drinker of tea. Curler. Lifetime citizen of Leafs Nation.
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“No need to hurry, no need to sparkle, no need to be anything but oneself.” – Virginia Woolf
I write YA fiction – but I try to be gentle about it. My stuff isn’t edgy or gritty. It might be sad, sometimes, though (and always relevant, I hope). My stories feature teens who are getting things done, meeting challenges, suffering (of course!), crushing (duh!), but also being kind, vulnerable and courageous. I’ve been writing my whole life, with published books in the educational market, but I only recently made it through the door at a traditional, mainstream publisher. My books have made it onto the shelves of bookshops and libraries, into award programs, onto a few lists, and into the hands of young readers. Dream come true. Still writing.