Secrets Revealed: Eric Walters

9781459806658

My Secret by Eric Walters Eric’s novel, Innocent, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. My mother died when I was four. When a parent dies when you’re little, you’re filled with all sorts of things: confusion, sadness, anger and a sense of shame. Somehow they ‘left’ because you weren’t good enough, or at least, you weren’t smart enough to figure out how to keep them around and alive. Growing up this was my ‘secret.’  People could know me for years without knowing that fact about me. Things like Mother’s Day–and the insistence of teachers […]






Continue Reading

Secrets Revealed: Kathy Kacer

Untitled-1

My Secret by Kathy Kacer Kathy’s novel, Stones on a Grave, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. My first language was Czech. Growing up as the child of immigrant parents was not always easy. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my parents passionately. They had survived one of the worst genocides in history – the Holocaust, and I admired their strength, resilience, and courage. They came to Canada in the early 1950’s and went to work, trying to provide a life for me and my sister that would be better and easier than theirs […]






Continue Reading

Secrets Revealed: Vicki Grant

Untitled-1

My Secrets by Vicki Grant Vicki’s novel, Small Bones, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. Secret #1: I’m a model for a denture clinic in British Columbia. I didn’t mean to model dentures but apparently somebody thinks I should. I live in Halifax, as does my 12-year old niece but she was recently in British Columbia on a holiday with her grandparents. At a mall in Surrey, they just happened to pass a large picture of a middle-aged lady smiling goofily out from a denture clinic window. “That’s Aunt Vicki,” Maxie said, as one […]






Continue Reading

Secrets Revealed: Teresa Toten

9781459806719

My Secret by Teresa Toten Teresa’s novel, Shattered Glass, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. From the age of 10 to 16 I woke up every single night in the middle of the night, to check and see if my mother was still breathing. There are two threads that pushed this compulsion. The first was when a friend pointed out that if something happened to my mother, I would be an orphan. You see my father died when I was a baby and since Mama and I were immigrants, unlike Anne of Green Gables, […]






Continue Reading

Secrets Revealed: Kelley Armstrong

9781459806542

My Secret by Kelley Armstrong Kelley’s novel, The Unquiet Past, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. “I’m afraid of chickens.” Okay, I’m not specifically afraid of chickens. I have a fear of all birds—and bats. I blame the fact that I watched The Birds when I was far too young. They used to show old horror movies late at night on TV. It was my first sleepover, and we decided to watch one, which turned out to be The Birds. I’ve had problems with flying mammals ever since. It’s not a phobia—I just prefer […]






Continue Reading

Secrets Revealed: Marthe Jocelyn

Secrets front covers FINAL.indd

My Secret by Marthe Jocelyn Marthe’s novel, A Big Dose of Lucky, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. Let’s call her Debbie. I know she had a common white-girl name for a child born in the 1950’s. She was in a grade below mine, which means a lot when you’re nine years old. And she wasn’t white. She had the only brown face out of the several hundred pale ones at Balmy Beach Public School in the east end of Toronto.  When I think about her now–and my awful secret–my stomach turns over, impressed […]






Continue Reading