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Sharon is currently accepting new writing, editing, and writing tutoring clients, as well as repeat clients. More details on the Writing Editing & Consulting page.

NOTE: CRIME BEAT CONFIDENTIAL SECTION BELOW IS CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED.

East End Writers’ Group 20th anniversary presentation on Zoom went well. See EEWG page for more info and links to the videos. Go to the same page for updates on East End Writers’ Groups including joining as a member (it is free) and upcoming virtual meeting under the heading UPDATE EAST END WRITERS VENUE

And the drumroll continues for the first anniversary of…

 Sharon A. Crawford’s new book – The Enemies Within Us – a Memoir. Copies now in Indigo at Bay and Bloor St. West in Toronto. More details on The Enemies Within Us page here.

 

Book focuses on Sharon’s childhood, mainly in 1950s/1960s Toronto where she was bullied, and devastated by her beloved daddy’s cancer, so took refuge  playing the piano and baseball, and reading murder mysteries, which eventually led to her writing them.Web page constantly being updated to tie in with the memoir. Includes photos and short memoir excerpts. Just uploaded on The Enemies Within Us page are a couple of gardening excerpts including a crime in my mother’s garden. Books available for e-copy and paperback at Amazon,  Chapters/Indigo and paperback at Barnes and Noble.

Take a gander to The Enemies Within Us page for details on where it all began, how it evolved and perhaps what else is happening, including Sharon’s bookstore tours to get The Enemies Within Us in bricks and mortar bookstores. Also the video of a Memoir Writing Presentation Behind the Memoir – Pitfalls & Possibilities. Memoir authors Sharon A. Crawford and Linda-Hutzell-Manning blend humour and wisdom to take us through the “trenches” of memoir writing.

The virtual book launch was a big success. Lots of laughter and some seriousness too. Watch it now.

East End Writers’ Group Updates

Because of the COVID-19, Toronto Public Library had slowly been re-opening their services. Since then there has been a third big lock down, which has reached Step 3 in reopening, so currently you can  return books in the book return drop boxes outside the branches and enter the library to browse and take out more books. You must wear a mask and social distance. And if you are like me, you put your books on hold online and collect them in the library when you get the notice that “holds are ready for pickup. However, in person library programs are still not resuming and may not resume until 2022 because we now have the COVID Delta variant running rampant. However, this time we can get vaccines. So, the East End Writers’ Group still cannot return to meeting at S. Walter Stewart branch. East End Writer’s Group has celebrated some of  its 20th. anniversary, just differently, including doing our big anniversary celebration on Zoom. More details further down below. We also continue meeting virtually for writing critiques twice a month on Zoom.

For more info on the library branches’ reopening, check here. For more information on East End Writers’ Group just Zooming along, check here.

Meantime…

East End Writers’ Group has already started the anniversary celebration with a couple of us appearing on Liquid Lunch on thatchannel.com. And we are doing our celebration presentation online May 26. See the East End Writers’ Group page for more details here.

Crime Beat Confidential Recent Shows include

Crime Beat Confidential taped the last 2020 episode late December with guest Rosemary McCracken where we talked about her new Pat Tierney series release, Uncharted Waters and the joys and perils of writing, publishing, and doing book promo in pandemic times. See the video.

Crime Beat Confidential also video taped another episode with guest Judy Penz Sheluk who besides being the head honcho at Crime Writers of Canada is also a mystery author and publisher. See the video

Crime Beat Confidential  finally returned in 2020 with the show’s Episode #8. Sharon A. Crawford interviews  featuring guest mystery thriller author, David Albertyn, who, with another author started The Author Book Club online. This episode was taped remotely. Here is a still from the show.

Link to the actual show is here. Caveat – PI Dana Bowman gets carried away with her introduction as she takes over my office – for a bit.

Our previous guest, and the last guest in 2019 was prolific author  Lisa de Nikolits who publishes one book annually.  Here’s a still from that show.

 

Lisa de Nikolits, my guest on Crime Beat Confidential and her latest book The Occult Persuasion

More shots of Crime Beat Confidential on the Beyond Faith page as well as a link to some of the the show’s Episode #7 here. Warning: PI Dana Bowman again leads in with her introductory rant, but at least she isn’t in my office here.

Crime Beat Confidential hosted by Sharon A. Crawford with a little help from Private Investigator Dana Bowman from the Beyond mystery series, made its debut in June 2018 on thatchannel.com. This bi-monthly TV series has guests in various areas of “crime” being interviewed by Sharon. Dana? Well, you’ll have to check out the first segment to find out – with guest James Wigmore, forensic toxicologist. See here to watch the show on YouTube and here for more photos from the show.

Meantime,  see the playlist for all episodes here.

Recent Past Events in Person – When We Still Could

The Beyond books gigs for 2020. First one, in person,  was part of an Authors Reading presented by Toronto Sisters in Crime January 16, 2020. More details here. Scroll down beyond the info about Dana, me, and the book. 

More murderous mayhem, this time in Toronto the Good? This Crime Writers of Canada panel on December 3, 2019, showed otherwise. Check it out here.   Scroll down to 2019 Gigs for Sharon Crawford and the Beyond Gang.

East End Writers’ Group Wed May 29  – Special Presentation: Small Presses: Guerrilla Book Marketing in the Digital Age was a big success.  Details here.

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Meantime

For other mystery fiction events featuring Sharon and her Beyond mystery characters, check here.

Workshops and Courses:  Stay tuned for more of Sharon’s workshops here.

Editing and Manuscript Evaluation: Sharon A. Crawford welcomes new editing clients. Specializing in manuscript evaluation of books (fiction and non-fiction) , novellas, short stories, memoir and other non-fiction articles; and copy editing   short stories, personal essays and articles. Please note: Sharon no longer edits book length manuscripts. More info here

PI Dana Bowman, the main character in the Beyond mystery series is interviewed by Hugh Reilly on Liquid Lunch here. Dana in-studio photo here.

Links to a few past in-person events before COVID-19

Muskie and Murder debuts at library

Muskie and Murder with Michael Robert Dyet and Sharon A. Crawford at East End Writers’Group June 27. Shane Joseph Photo. More M and M photos here and here.

Beyond Faith is also here…

Sharon A. Crawford at the beginning of her reading from Beyond Faith at SinC Toronto. This time PI Dana Bowman is confined to a photograph Sharon is holding.

Sharon begins SinC reading Feb. 15/18. E. Terri Dixon photo

 

Another SinC reading photo is on the Beyond Faith page. Scroll down the page.

And also here at the Ontario Librarian Association convention February 2, 2018 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Hint: Channeling PI Dana Bowman)

 

Beyond Faith offers secrets, lies and death with a connection to the Catholic Church, set in small-town and big-city Ontario. It’s a great story with a great pair of unlikely protagonists (a brother-sister pair of twin investigators), twists, surprises and Sharon Crawford’s distinctive tone and shining dialogue. Recommended for any detective-story fans yearning for Ontario-based tales.

– Nate Hendley, true-crime author (Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice and The Big Con)

Check out the updated Beyond Faith page. Sharon A’s Gigs, including a kaleidoscope of 2018 and 2019 events, are now listed on this page as well as links to Amazon and Chapters/Indigo and Sharon’s author blog. For events, scroll down past the Crawford and Bowman profiles

And

Some More Past Events:

Book Launch for Beyond Faith at Supermarket, Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sharon and friends. Photo courtesy Martin Crawford

Beyond Blood and Beyond the Tripping Point were at Word on the Street Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Sharon A. holding up the first two Beyond Books – Beyond Blood and Beyond the Tripping Point. Photo courtesy Lisa de Nikolits author of No Fury Like That 

See and hear Sharon A. being interviewed about Beyond Blood on the Liquid Lunch

Sharon A. along with Ali Cunliffe and Susan Viets spoke and entertained on a panel about self-publishing from authors’ and editors’ perspectives. Panel was held by the Editors Canada in April 2016 and the video of it all is on You Tube

And One of my favourites: Sharon A. and four other Crime Writers of Canada authors packed them in for their crime (writing) presentation at Gerrard Ashdale library in Toronto, March 24, 2016

L to R: Sharon A. Crawford, Steve Shrott, Nate Hendley, Lisa de Nikolits, Mark Eddy
L to R: Sharon A. Crawford, Steve Shrott, Nate Hendley, Lisa de Nikolits, Mark Eddy

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Posted: November 30, 2021, 6:30 pm
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