It's been five years since Sylvia Kramer abandoned the turmoil of her former life in Toronto and found refuge in Newfoundland. During her attempt to make a fresh start, Sylvia experienced a bruta
It's been five years since Sylvia Kramer abandoned the turmoil of her former life in Toronto and found refuge in Newfoundland. During her attempt to make a fresh start, Sylvia experienced a brutal home assault, suffered the loss of her newfound soul mate, and developed a disquieting suspicion about a friend's newborn baby. Now, having finally settled into a peaceful and accepting existence on Old Broad Road, her calm is shattered when she's informed of an ominous scheme instigated by her desperate ex—husband. Sylvia's life is further disrupted when her neighbour Jamie invites a disgraced lawyer from Boston to stay with him On The Rock.
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Phyllis L Humby lives in the touristy municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario where she ruminates on plots and storylines while roaming the beaches of Port Franks and Grand Bend. And that's during the winter months. Summers find her on the verandah in Bayfield, her laptop always in sight and stories brewing.
Before surrendering to her obsession for writing, Phyllis spent nearly twenty years in the lingerie fashion industry which provided an endless pool of material for her memoir Hazards of the Trade (April 2020). During a trip to Newfoundland she fell in love with the province and its people. The upshot is her novel, Old Broad Road (October 2020). Life experiences balance the fictional connotation of writing. There are no fairytale endings.
Phyllis's short stories, often scheming, twisted, or spooky, appear in anthologies and journals in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She won a spot as Fringe Reader at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival for her humorous entry, and that same year, a chilling crime submission awarded her second spot in the YMM national competition, followed by the Bony Pete Award for Best Short Story at the Crime Writers' Conference in Toronto for a 40s period crime fiction.
In addition to her fiction writing, for nearly a decade she has penned a monthly tongue—in—cheek opinion column, "Up Close and Personal" for First Monday, a Sarnia/Lambton County magazine.