Meet the Authors

Short, Brenda

Short joined Wordsmiths in 2017 but has been writing as a hobby for twenty years.  She is working on several novels, has written many short stories and dabbled in poetry.  Her stories have been published in Focus50+, on, on Quick Brown Fox and in Briar Crier. Brenda is also a member of the South Simcoe Arts Council and is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

This is her website and blog.

@Brenthepen on Facebook

@Brendathepen on Twitter

Read some of Brenda’s work in the Archives

Bowers, Dian      

Bowers is a founding member of the Wordsmiths writing group. She has had her story called The Skating Rink published in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Wonders of Winter”, two stories in the “Wordsmiths Anthology” and she has published a children’s book, “Life in the Big Forest”.  She loves writing and listening to all the creative stories from others in the group.

Read some of Dian’s work in the Archives

Kavanagh, J. C.

Kavanagh, member of The Wordsmiths, Alliston.  From her early career in the newspaper business as journalist and editor to creative writing, she has written nine children’s picture books and two YA novels.  Short-listed for the Word Guild award in the Young Adult marketing category, voted Best Young Adult Book in 2016 for The Twisted Climb and winner of Critters Readers Poll 2018 for Darkness Descends, the sequel.

J.C. was also voted Best Local Author 2021 for all of South Simcoe. Book 3 in The Twisted Climb series was published October 2022.

Read some of her work in the Archives

@J.c.kavanagh on Facebook 

@JCKavanagh1 (Author J.C. Kavanagh).

Penner, Mary

Penner, tells stories through poetry and prose.  She enjoys delving into the thoughts and emotions which lead to peoples’ actions and behaviour.  She is a member of the Wordsmiths, a very supportive group of fellow writers.  Some of her poems and short stories have been published on social media and in magazines and newspapers.  She has recently published a collection of poems, “Have a Slice”. Mary is a retired teacher.   

Read some of Mary’s work in Archives

Smethurst, Teri-Lyn

Smethurst is an avid reader and enjoys all forms of storytelling. A member of the SSAC Wordsmiths for two years, Teri-Lyn has always enjoyed journaling and writing and continues to create with a heart and soul full of passion. 

Read Some of Teri-Lyn’s work in the Archives

Credit: Pexel Free photos

Tipler-Priolo, Tammy BASc, PLCGS

Tipler-Priolo was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario. She has written over 1000 genealogy articles which have been published online, and more than 100 biographies which were published in the Near North Senior in North Bay Ontario. She has published two genealogy motivational books, “The Ancestor Whisperer” & “The Ancestor Whisperer, Attic Treasures”, and continues to write for the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Journal “The Bulletin”.

Check out her website

Read some of Tammy’s work in the Archives

van Breemen, Angela

van Breemen has been writing since an early age.

She is a Soprano Soloist and often sings for different charitable organizations. To listen to Angela’s voice, visit or

She volunteers as a Director for Procyon Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre, based out of Beeton, Ontario. She manages their website, e-blasts and is editor for The Procyon Post which can be found on

Read some of Angela’s work in the Archives

Peter T. Pontsa

Pontsa is a member of the local Wordsmiths writer’s group. During his dental professional career, he wrote many clinical and technical articles for dental journals. His voice as the associate publisher of Spectrum Denturism helped guide the publication. He has published his first novel “Outfoxed” and is currently working on the second adventure of Inspector William Fox.

Read some of Peter’s work in the Archives

Carignan-Fieldhouse, Chantelle

Carignan-Fieldhouse is a talented writer and has been a member of Wordsmiths for over a year.  She has written several short stories to share with the group.

Read some of Chantelle’s work in the Archives

Harris, Leslie

Harris is a member of the Wordsmiths, and writes short stories, children’s books, poetry, and is currently working on completing her first fiction novel. She works full-time in Education

Harris has been writing since she was very young. At 16 her poem “The Ocean” was published in a poetry anthology. Recently she was awarded an honourable mention for her “birth story”, submitted for a contest.

Read some of Leslie’s work in the Archives