About The Author: Gabriele Wills
Gabriele loves to recreate an era in which
she can immerse herself (and readers), by weaving compelling stories around
meticulously researched facts. Her characters are best friends, whom others are
now calling "cherished friends". If you want a glimpse of her world, visit her
book trailers on YouTube - for the first 2
Muskoka Novels and for
Not being able to leave all her extensive
research on the Great War behind, Gabriele has created a website of quirky
facts - Odd, Intriguing,
Surprising Facts About WW1 - which is being used by international
researchers and educators.
Gabriele was born in Germany and emigrated
to Canada as a young child. With degrees in the social sciences and education
from the University of Toronto, she has had a varied career as an educator,
literacy coordinator, and website designer, and has been an active community
volunteer, particularly in heritage preservation. But writing fiction has
always been her passion. Her first short story, "Mrs.
Beresford's Disgrace", won an Honourable Mention in the Canadian Authors
Association short story contest, and appears in the Winners' Circle 5
Anthology. In the fall of 2001, she produced a feature, nominated for
an award, on CBC Radio's "Outfront".
Gabriele has done presentations to many
organizations, and is happy to teleconference with book clubs.
Follow her blog -
Writer - where she talks about research, writing, and life in
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The Summer Before The Storm
is a 2010
The Muskoka Chautauqua Reading List Winners,
James Bartleman, former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Out of
Muskoka; Patrick Boyer, Local Library: Global Passport; Wayland
Drew, The Wabeno Feast (accepted by Ron Jacques); Roy MacGregor,
Canoe Lake (accepted by Ted Lute); Eva Olsson, Unlocking the Doors: A
Woman's Struggle Against Intolerance; Gabriele Wills, The Summer Before
The Muskoka Chautauqua is a revival of a movement prominent
in the 1920s and early '30s that earned Muskoka the reputation of being the
"Literary Summer Capital of Canada". My blog about the original Chautauqua
Assembly can be found at
The Obsessed Writer.
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