How I Got Published: Katherine Prairie

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Katherine, a geologist and IT specialist, graduated from the University of Alberta and then went on to work in the oil and gas industry. Add a passion for computer programming and a M.Sc. in engineering hydrology from the University of British Columbia and you might call her the ultimate science nerd!

She stepped away from the international petroleum industry to fulfill a life-long dream of writing mysteries. And so Alex Graham, the intrepid mining geologist with a penchant for trouble, was born.

Katherine is an avid traveller with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you’ll find her next! But most days, she’s in Vancouver, Canada quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of a cat. She is an award-winning presenter and the author of the thriller THIRST.


Like every debut author, I queried and pitched agents, searching for someone who believed in my story as much as I did. And like every author who’s gone down this path, I faced a mound of rejection letters. But I also received more than a dozen requests for the full manuscript, so I knew Thirst showed promise.

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Sheila Heti and Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood loves comic books.

This is how Drawn and Quarterly, a small independent book storewho specialize in comic books convinced one of the most celebrated authors in the world to talk at The Rialto Theatre in Montreal.

Click here for a carousel of Ms Atwood’s cartoons:

That Sheila Heti was interviewing Ms Atwood made the event even more tantalizing. Not only was Sheila Heti’s  book The Chairs Are Where The People Go  named one of the best books of 2011 by The New Yorker but  Time called How Should a Person Be? among the most talked-about books of 2012.

Any writer interested in voice (and you should be) ought to read Sheila Heti for her fresh voice. (Isn’t that what agents always say they’re looking for?)  Definitely a writer to be discovered, if you haven’t already.