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Violette and Paul's home.
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Painting by Don Musselman



     Violette Malan has a PhD from York University in 18th-Century English Literature, but reports that most people don't hold it against her. She started reading fantasy and science fiction at the age of eight, and was writing stories not long after. Violette has been a book reviewer, and has written feature articles on genre writing and literature for the Kingston Whig Standard. She has taught creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner's French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she's worked as an administrative assistant, and a carpenter's helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish.

Violette is co-founder of the Scene of the Crime Festival on Wolfe Island, a single-day event focusing on Canadian crime writing, and celebrating the birthplace of Grant Allen, Canada's first crime writer. Violette is currently the president of the festival board, but in the past she's given writing workshops, and was the original organizer and co-judge of The Wolfe Island Prize for first crime fiction, which is sponsored by the festival.

Violette's first short story "Brush Off" won the inaugural "Bony Pete" award at the Crime Writers of Canada Bloody Words Conference. Her mystery fiction has been published in the Canadian anthologies of the Ladies Killing Circle, in the noir anthology Crime Spree, and in the magazine Over My Dead Body. Her erotica has been published in Penthouse. With Therese Greenwood, Violette is the editor of Dead in the Water, an anthology of crime and mystery fiction set in and around Canada's bodies of water. The anthology was published by Rendezvous Press in Toronto.

Violette is the author of four fantasy novels published by DAW Books Inc., including the high-fantasy Dhulyn and Parno series. The latest in the series is THE STORM WITCH, and PATH OF THE SUN will be out in September of 2010.

Violette lives in a nineteenth-century limestone farmhouse in southeastern Ontario with her husband, Paul Musselman. Born in Canada, Violette's cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which can make things interesting in the kitchen.