Bill Arnotts Showcase

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Anna Byrne

Welcome back Showcasers! Today we visit with author Anna Byrne, Whistler Independent Book Awards 2020 Finalist for her nonfiction work, Seven Year Summer. Anna’s story is a powerful one, as you’ll soon see.

Hi Anna. I’m so pleased you’ve joined the Showcase. Please introduce yourself with a bio:

A. I’ve been fortunate to have done a lot of different things in life so far.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: John M. MacFarlane

Welcome back to the Showcase. Today we visit with John M. MacFarlane, a fascinating individual, mariner, museum curator emeritus, and bestselling author. Having enjoyed John’s book Around the World in a Dugout Canoe, and having visited as fellow Fellows of London’s Royal Geographical Society, I feel we’ve known each other longer than we actually have.

Welcome to the Showcase John!

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Diana Stevan

Hi Diana, thanks for joining our Showcase family! Let’s introduce you with a bio: author Diana Stevan has worked as a family therapist, teacher, actor, model, and CBC TV sports reporter. She’s published poetry, a short story, newspaper articles, a novelette The Blue Nightgown and three novels: A Cry from The Deep, The Rubber Fence, and Sunflowers Under Fire, which was a finalist for a 2019 Whistler Independent Book Award, and a semi-finalist for a 2019 Kindle Award, Literary Fiction category.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Kyla Estoya

Welcome back to Showcase Interviews, meeting artists through Q&A. Today we’re privileged to visit with the diversely talented Kyla Estoya, editor of New Reader Magazine, the mixed media publication with hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Kyla’s home country of Philippines.

What a pleasure to have you on the Showcase, Kyla! Let’s introduce you with your bio: Kyla Estoya is a super typhoon survivor and an advocate for throwing kindness around like confetti.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Doctor Manuel Matas

Welcome back to Showcase Interviews, meeting diversely talented artists in relaxed Q&A with a Quirky Question for fun. Today we’re privileged to chat with Doctor Manuel Matas. I had the pleasure of meeting Manny at the Whistler Writers Festival where he was a WIBA Awards Finalist for his paranormal memoir, The Borders of Normal.

Hi Manny, thanks for being part of our collaboration.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Ann Shortell

Thanks again for joining our Showcase Interview series – meeting artists through Q&A with a Quirky Question to keep things fun! Today we’re chatting with award-winning author Ann Shortell. After becoming social media friends, Ann and I met at Whistler Writers Festival where she was taking home hardware as Fiction Winner for her historical novel, Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Edythe Anstey Hanen

Today we’re chatting with author Edythe Anstey Hanen. I met Edye over salad and lasagna at the Whistler Writers Festival, where Edye was a WIBA Finalist for her poignant novel Nine Birds Singing.

Hi Edye, thanks for joining the Showcase! Please share a bit of background to let us know who you are …

Growing up in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in the burgeoning hippie culture of the 1960s was the ultimate dream for a restless, searching teenager like me.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Patricia Sandberg

Let’s meet award-winning author Patricia Sandberg, a tireless member of the Canadian Authors Association, which is where we met, at a boisterous Vancouver get-together.

Q. Please tell us about yourself.

A. I grew up on the banks of Lake Athabasca, at a mine producing uranium for the Cold War. Residents said, “it was the best place they ever lived.” After leaving my legal career, I gave the long-closed town new life in my nonfiction book Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines, A Canadian Story which happily won some awards.…

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: P.W.Bridgman

(The following interview with P.W. Bridgman by Bill Arnott originally appeared in Bill’s Artist Showcase Newsletter and is reproduced here at TMR with Bill’s kind permission.)

Okay, P.W., you go ahead and enjoy my pint. I’ll just ask for another. In the meantime, welcome! Please tell our Showcasers a bit about your work as a writer.

(P.W.) I write fitfully, mostly in my study atop my house in bohemian East Vancouver, a ten-minute walk from The Drive.…