Flannery O’Connor described fiction as both canny and uncanny. And I think that is my favorite adage for this most exacting, frustrating and satisfying art. It is a craft, but it is also a mystery — and the interweaving of these two aspects creates the fascination that keeps many of us going.

In this website you’ll find information on my books, reviews and interviews, and occasional thoughts on writing. Please join the discussion. Whether you’re a reader or a writer – or both – I’d love to hear from you.


*I am mostly in full-out end-of-novel mode, finishing a second draft of my novel, Petra.

*I am not taking on any new writers to mentor at this time.

*I will be teaching a Novel Writing Boot Camp through SFU’s Writers’ Studio. This will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, at the end of January, 2017. More info to follow, or contact The Writers’ Studio for early details.

*I’m also excited to be teaching an in-depth 5-day workshop on writing and revising at The Hollyhock Retreat Centre on Cortes Island in the first week of June, 2017. Hollyhock is a fabulous place for writers to go deeper, and a sustaining home for many kinds of creative thinkers. There is a 30-year-old garden full of delicious food and remarkable flowers, the sea to walk beside and forests to explore. A deeply creative retreat space. This workshop will be an intensive for experienced writers who are looking for tools to get deeper into their material. More info soon.

*I’m thrilled to be moderating two events with fascinating writers at the Vancouver Writers’ Fest in October. See News page.

*Delighted that my story, “The Wolf Expert,” will be published in the fall in Canadian Notes & Queries –– their first colour issue – and with a new editor, Emily Donaldson, at the helm. “The Wolf Expert” was also selected by John Metcalf and Oberon Press for this year’s Best Canadian Stories.

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Buy Books

To buy Shaena's books, visit one of the online retailers below:

Amazon (Canada)
Oh, My Darling
(advance orders)

The Falling Woman

Amazon (USA)

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (Germany)
Die fallende Frau