Joel A. Sutherland

Author, Ghost Hunter, Barbarian Librarian


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Writing Workshop @ Pickering Public Library

Posted by joelasutherland on July 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (5)

I'll be leading two writing workshops at the Pickering Public Library this month, one tomorrow at Petticoat Creek and another on Saturday, July 21 at the Central Library.


Writing? In the SUMMER? I hear you say. Well, yes. Writing in the summer. But if that combination scares your kids, fear not! My writing workshops are fun, fun and FUN (with emphasis on the fun). We'll play games, we'll act silly, we'll get creative and I'll even have a bunch of giveaways, includi...

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New website! New book!

Posted by joelasutherland on July 6, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (2)

The old one was getting a little long in the tooth and needed a good spring clean, and what better time for a spring clean than the summer? I still need to update the Short Fiction page -- I've got a couple of big releases this year -- but for now I think this is a pretty good start.


I also intend on getting back into blogging, although I've been enjoying posting sporadic tweets to my Twitter account -- follow me at @joelasutherland for random thoughts on writing, the ...

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Important Dorchester Publishing (Leisure Books) Update

Posted by joelasutherland on April 4, 2011 at 4:14 PM Comments comments (11)

THE SHORT STORY (if nothing else, please read this): Effective immediately, I have terminated my two contracts for novels to be published by Dorchester Publishing (Leisure Books), and the rights for both have been returned in full to me. This includes the republication of FROZEN BLOOD, which was to be released in August 2011 (trade paperback, e-book and audio book) and THE HOUSE ON FORKS ROAD, my as-of-yet unscheduled follow-up (and original) novel. If you see FROZEN BLOOD st...

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DarkLit Fest

Posted by joelasutherland on September 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM Comments comments (2)


Something I've been working on behind the scenes these past few months is a one-day literary convention called The DarkLit Fest of Durham. For the past few years I've been dreaming of such an event to take place in my neck of the woods -- in Durham Region, east of Toronto -- and I finally decided to take the plunge and organize it...

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Be a Writing Superstar

Posted by joelasutherland on September 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (0)

Like I said at the beginning of my last post, I've got some good news to share, so enough with the doom and gloom talk.


We're now a week into September, the month that my children's non-fiction book, Be a Writing Superstar, is being released by Scholastic Canada! And that means it has its own page on the Scholastic website. Not only can you see the cover and read a bit about the book there, but you can also read an excerpt which includes some of the perfect illustrations by...

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Leisure Books, Part Two

Posted by joelasutherland on September 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (12)

I came here intending to share a few pieces of good news that I've been meaning to write about the past few weeks, but I was hit with a cold, hard slap as soon as I saw my previous blog post. Back in July my excitement was building for the release of the mass market paperback edition of Frozen Blood, with a beautiful new cover and many edits that made the book much stronger. I was one happy dude, to be sure.


And then the news suddenly broke of Dorchester Publishing's decisi...

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Leisure Books

Posted by joelasutherland on July 4, 2010 at 4:04 PM Comments comments (0)

The Dorchester Publishing paperback release of Frozen Blood is quickly approaching (time flies with a newborn in the house!) and it's now available for pre-order in the usual places, such as,

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Wipeout Canada

Posted by joelasutherland on June 24, 2010 at 9:51 PM Comments comments (2)


And it's official: I've applied to be on WIPEOUT CANADA. Bring on the big red balls! You can check out my application video on Youtube HERE.


In related news, this is also official: I might be certifiably insane. But man, how much fun d...

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Geekiest. Day. Ever.

Posted by joelasutherland on May 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM Comments comments (1)

Other than taking care of the usual baby stuff, this is how I spent my day yesterday:

*went to see Iron Man 2

*watched the 4 1/2 hour Lost series recap and finale

*completed both of the above activities while wearing the t-shirt below:

Monkey Island t-shirt

Today is Victoria Day, a statutory holiday here in Canada, and the weather is gorgeous. Although I haven't ...

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Baby update!

Posted by joelasutherland on February 18, 2010 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Colleen and I have been asked a lot (and by "a lot", I mean "A LOT") if we've had the baby yet. Well, now you can check the following website for the answer!!!