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First Name Michael
Last Name Januska
Member Since September 17, 2019
City Toronto
State ON
Country Canada
Branch Affiliation Toronto
Website http://bordercityblues.weebly.com/
Twitter @michaeljanuska
Instagram @michaeljanuska
Facebook Border City Blues by Michael Januska
Bio Michael Januska was born and raised in Windsor. It was while studying at university and reading works such as Joyce’s Dubliners he first got the notion to write about the people, streets, and neighbourhoods that make up the Border Cities. After then reading tales from Marty Gervais’ The Rumrunners: A Prohibition Scrapbook, strands began to form a small tapestry. Gervais’ book opened a door to something wild and almost unimaginable yet for some people was their day-to-day life. While developing characters and themes for what would become Border City Blues, Januska began writing short stories, notably “Not Even the River Would Have Him” and “They Gave Him the Gears.” His first novel, Riverside Drive, was published in 2013. Globe and Mail’s Margaret Cannon praised the book, saying, “This is a writer to watch.” The follow-up, Maiden Lane, was published in 2015. Joan Barfoot in The London Free Press said the novel was “bold, bewildering.” His third novel, Prospect Avenue will be released in October and he is currently working on the next in the series, St. Luke Road. Januska lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter. He writes to find out what happens in the end.
Publications Grey Cup Century (Dundurn Press, 2012); Riverside Drive (Dundurn Press, 2013); Maiden Lane (Dundurn Press, 2015); Prospect Avenue (Dundurn Press, 2018)
Other Memberships Crime Writers of Canada Writers Guild of Canada Writers Union of Canada
Contests Two early short stories, “Not Even the River Would Have Him” (2010) and “They Gave Him the Gears” (2011) won prizes at the Scene of the Crime Mystery Writing Festival held on Wolfe Island.
Genres e-Book, Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Short Stories
Available For Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements
Services Offered Copywriting, Editing, Freelance Writing, Ghostwriting, Manuscript Reading & Consultation, Promotional Copy, Scriptwriting & Screenwriting