Our Expert Writers
Opal Writers Magazine boasts some pretty great writers! Some of our writers are published authors, and a they all have great credentials.
Before becoming a short story author and screenwriter, Allison has been a librarian, production assistant, art director, and coalminer. She has diplomas in Cinema, Television, Stage & Radio, and Writing For Children, and is a member of Alberta Romance Writers’ Association (ARWA) and Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF). She finds time to write when she can extricate herself from her four kids and their pounding on the bathroom door.
Barbori Garnet is a Creative Arts professional – writer, artist and musician – based in Calgary, AB. She finds lots of inspiration from and enjoys being in her family’s fruit, vegetable and perennial garden and likes to spend time in the mountains.
Barbori has a BFA in Painting & Drawing and an MA Communications in Public Relations.
Mandy Eve-Barnett is a multi-genre author writing children’s, YA, and adult books. Her passion for writing emerged later in life and she is making up for lost time. With nine books published since 2011, she indulges her Muse in creative fiction as well as freelance writing. Mandy regularly blogs at www.mandyevebarnett.com and is a writing community advocate. As Secretary of her local writer’s group and the Alberta Authors Cooperative, as well as past-president of the Arts & Culture Council, she lives her creative life to the fullest. She hosts the monthly writer sharing meetings and creates writing prompts for the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. Mandy also presents various writing topics at conferences and seminars. Originally from England, Mandy now resides in Alberta, Canada. You can find Mandy across social media and her books through all the online purchasing sites and her publisher, Dream Write Publishing.
SHEILA S HUDSON
Sheila S. Hudson is an award winning writer of cozy mysteries. Her current series is Crimes from the Crypt. Others include Silent Partners, The Thursday Club, and Ministry Can Be Murder. She is co-president of Southeastern Writers Association and Vice President of Sisters in Crime (Monroe). Sheila has been writing and teaching writing workshops for more than 25 years. She and her husband have 2 daughters, one son, seven grandsons, and one cranky chiweenie.
CAPPY HALL REARICK
Cappy Hall Rearick is a syndicated humor columnist, novelist and popular public speaker. She is an award winning short story writer and author of the column, SIMPLY SOUTHERN. She has written sixteen published novels and collections of short stories and one collaborated cookbook. She is past president of the Southeastern Writers Association. Cappy lives in Saluda, North Carolina with her husband and a spoiled rotten cat named Igor.
Sharon Leder, Professor Emerita of English, Women’s Studies, and Jewish Studies, SUNY-Nassau Community College. Author The Fix: A Father’s Secrets, A Daughter’s Search, Silver Winner Benjamin Franklin IBPA Award, Best New Voice in Fiction (2018), co-editor with Milton Teichman Truth and Lamentation: Stories and Poems on the Holocaust, nominated for the National Jewish Book Award (1994), and author or editor of fiction and books on: women writers, literature of the Holocaust, women in academia, and family dynamics. Founder Creative Outlets: Finding Your Voice Through Arts at Cape Cod Museum of Art (2017-21)
DONALD HARRY ROBERTS
The characters in my quirky little short stories and Novelettes are all developed from aspects of myself and my imaginary friend. In real life, this mundane world with tunnel vision reality I have endeavoured to live it out in many ways. I have been a sailor and soldier, a farmer, a hobo, musician, mountaineer, hunter-gatherer, fisherman, author, editor, teacher and student, to mention only a fraction of my experience. It has been a beautiful life and I hope for more decades to learn and experience a great deal more.
I hope your life has been equal to or more than mine.
is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. He says: “Writing for me is a spiritual activity of the highest degree. Writing gives me the conduit to a world that is unreachable by any other means, a world that is populated by Eternal Truths, Ineffable Questions and Infinite Beauty. It is my hope that these stories of mine will allow the reader to also catch a glimpse of this universe.”
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Susan Calder grew up in Montreal and moved to Calgary in 1996. She is the author of four novels: A Deadly Fall, 2nd edition (BWL, 2019), Ten Days in Summer (BWL, 2017) and Winter’s Rage (BWL, 2021) books 1, 2 & 3 of the Paula Savard mystery series set in Calgary, and a standalone literary/suspense To Catch a Fox (BWL, 2019).
Susan has also published short stories, poems, and articles. Her short story, “When a Warm Wind Blows off the Mountains,” was turned into an art book and is part of the Print(ed) Word permanent display in the Calgary downtown library. Susan has a degree in Urban Studies from Concordia University and worked as an insurance claims examiner. She honed her writing skills at the Banff Centre for the Arts, The Sage Hill Writing Experience and Booming Ground. At Mystery Writers’ INK and the Calgary Citizens’ Police Academy, she learned about crime, police work, guns, poisons and assorted ghoulish matters useful to mystery writing.
She has taught writing courses and workshops at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, served on the board of Calgary’s annual When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers, and participated in numerous panels, presentations and literary readings. In her non-writing time, Susan enjoys traveling and hiking.
Liz Betz is a retired rancher, from Alberta, Canada, who loves to write fiction. Her pastime seems to help her days go by, her brain to stay active and sometimes keeps her out of trouble. An overactive imagination is a wonderful thing to harness, but left alone…! Her publication credits are many and varied as she explores the fictional world of mostly somewhat older but not necessarily mature characters.
Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker, Young Adult Author
Suzy is a Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker and the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain Series (The Fountain, The West Woods, Wall of Wishes). This fantastical Young Adult Series has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars and a bronze medallion from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She is represented by Naomi Davis of Bookends Literary Agency.
Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved member in the writing community. She is a Program Manager for Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC), teaches writing at Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and is a touring member of the Young Alberta Book Society. Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools.