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86 responses to “Contact Me

  1. nandita dasgupta

    Dear Julie,
    This is Nandita writing from India. I would like to publish my stories and articles in a magazine and would therefore appreciate if you kindly advise me in this respect.
    Thank you.

  2. Hello,
    You may apply at
    Just click the “hiring writers” icon on the top right hand side of the page and take it fro there.

  3. Daniel

    Hi Julie,

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks for all the editorial feedback so far on Really sorry about the mistakes in the article you had to disable. Hope I’ve not caused you too many problems and that I’ll get better from here on in.

    Have a great weekend,


  4. Dear Darlene,

    Thank you for mentioning our Red Cedar Award 2010 nomination on Suite If you are interested in receiving titles from us, I’d be happy to send you a review copy of one of our new titles and our catalogue.

    Here’s our website if you’d like to take a look at what we publish:

    You can also find us on facebook and twitter.



    Annie Paikeday

    Marketing/Editorial Intern,

    Second Story Press

  5. Dear Julie:

    My publisher, Inner Traditions International, is releasing my next book titled “Teachings of the Santeria Gods” on August 15th. It is a collection of short stories based on Afro-Cuban (Santeria/Lucumi) myths. I “think” you do book reviews for, and if you do would love to send you a copy for your review.

    Also, I’m going on a “blog-tour” and was hoping you’d be interested in hosting me on my virtual tour.

    Please email me privately at at your earliest convenience.

    Thank you:
    Stuart Myers (Ochani Lele)

  6. Hi, Ms. Burtinshaw,

    I have a new Alternate Reality News Service book in print called WHAT WERE ONCE MIRACLES ARE NOW CHILDREN’S TOYS. The book is basically comic science fiction; however, because it grew out of my Web site of political and social satire, LES PAGES AUX FOLLES, there is also a satirical edge to much of the writing in it. It unfolds as a series of faux news articles, although the concept has grown to include two advice columns (Ask Amritsar and Ask the Tech Answer Guy) and even obituaries (Lives Unlived). Then, there are the pieces that are hard to describe…

    I would like to send you additional information, including a press release, in the hopes that you might be interested in assigning the book for review on Suite Unfortunately, the form does not allow attachments; would you be so kind as to send me your email so that I may send you the press release?

    Ira Nayman
    creator, Les Pages aux Folles
    author, Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be
    What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys
    both books now available online through Amazon and Indigo/Chapters
    be sure to drop by The Alternate Reality News Service Cafe on Facebook
    “The Alternate Reality News Service: now comes in lavender, rose and wet orangutan scents”

  7. Heather

    This may seem like a fragile link, but we met on a trip to Cuba on a day trip to Havana. We had a drink at that little restaurant before heading to the Tropicana. If you remember I will be thriled – if you don’t I won’t be surprised at all…
    You mentioned Suite 101 to me then, and I finally decided to apply to be a writer. I am still the city editor at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and a regular music reviewer, but I thought this would be a good way for me to stretch my writing limbs.
    Just wanted to say hello. I hope and your husband are doing well.

    • That’s amazing and I have a vague recollection of this! Definitely visit and hit the “freelance writing jobs’ icon in the top right hand corner. Suite is a great place to learn about how to write for the web and we are always on the lookout for reviewers from print media. We have a large music section too!

      I hope all is also well with you,

  8. Dhulfiha Muzafar

    Hello Mrs. Burtinshaw,
    I am a high school student (grade 11), currently studying in Canada. I have just finished reading ‘The Perfect cut’. I really wanted to appreciate for your novel that revealed the unknown side of human nature to the world. I was also a ‘cutter’just like the main character and I thought that it was normal to do so. However, the novel made me realize the hazards and outcome of it. I really admired every single word that described his feeling. I have never written to any author but I thought I definitely have to write to you.

  9. I sent you an email this morning! So glad you posted this comment.

  10. T.J. Malaskee

    Hello Julie!

    I am a prospective applicant to the Klaustrid Artist in Residence Program, and while researching the residency, came across your very entertaining blog entries. I am hopping you might be willing to take the time to give me some advice and suggestions for my application.

    Thank you,

    T.J. Malaskee

  11. allan

    Hi Julie,

    For some reason my LiveJournal account won’t let post comments to your laneway blog any more, eventhough it let the first one through under ‘prettypretty’.

    Let’s just say livejournal’s handling of inactive user names is a load of a$$ .

    One tip from a design point is accessibility, we went with raised electrical and data outlets and extra grab bars in the shower. If you’re going to use it may as well put extra touches in that makes it ‘yours’. But that being said custom = $$$.

    Am not a very good blogger but would be more than willing to try and help with questions you may have.

    And yes we’re in Van, too. Eastside, Represent! =P

    We’ve also spotted a couple of other lwhs going up near where we are in various stages of completion and contrasting construction styles.

    It’s truly exciting, isn’t it? Just you wait till ground breaking starts!


  12. wassim

    Hello julie i really liked your book “the perfect cut” and i am doing a biography about you and i have no information to put in it. My email adress is Anyone visiting this website just email me some information like where julie was born, her acomplishments, etc. Also julie it would be much better if you could email me or reply on this comment,thank you.

  13. wassim

    Hi julie i really liked your book “the perfect cut” and i am doing a biography about you and i have no information to put in it. My email adress is Also julie it would be much better if you could email me or reply on this comment,thank you.

  14. Lawrence

    Hi Julie,
    Do you live in Dunbar?
    If so, Nigel mentioned your comments re hardscaping – landscaping design, which I drew. I would like to read your thoughts on this and interchange on your property transformation. I have been unsuccessful in locating your comments.Thank you on advance.

  15. Hello,

    I am a professional freelance writer based in Toronto, and I wanted your blog readers to know about a travel writing/blogging tour that I will be leading in India this winter. It’s called “Dream in India” and it starts January 8, 2011 in Delhi. Here’s a link to my blog for detailed information and itinerary . If you could announce it on your blog or elsewhere, I would appreciate it. Please let me know if you need any more information. Thank you!

  16. Elizabeth

    I was just wondering how was your lasik experience at Pacific Laser and how are your eyes doing now? Thanks.

  17. Jeannette

    Hi Julie!

    I have been following your blog about lane house but you haven’t posted anything since October 1st. Are you still going ahead with it? Were you able to obtain the city permits? Me and my husband are considering a lane house and we would love to hear how your plans are going. Thanks!

    • Hi and thank you getting me going again. I’ve kind of had social media burn out of late…anyway, I’ve posted again (twice tonight), with some information you might find really interesting about an upcoming lanehouse tour!
      Thanks for following!

  18. I like this one aloT…EnJoy Friends..Peace
    semi-synTheTic OpiaTes

    I waTch you like a LoTTery Win
    I wash you wiTh LoVe first to get the Jolly Green Colour off of you
    Your a whiTe angel now
    ready to be desTroyed wiTh my birThs silVer spoon
    I crush you like my enemy
    no mercy
    Now i grab the Harpoon
    My Syringe sucks you up like a happy Child
    Gay and LighT
    My Brow bleeds wiThdrawal
    my sweaT kisses the Volcano
    the bubbling sluT
    always ready to go
    I Cool you under my Tap
    my hand slighTly shakes
    you are cool now….ready
    I grab the pyThon he raps himself wiTh LoVe around my sTump
    I Look for my Vein
    DeaThs TribuTary
    I find him again
    hurT and angry
    I donT care
    I scar him again
    I waTch you enTer like a child on the alTar
    The blade above me
    I shoot you in on full auTo

  19. Kevin INFJ

    The anTs like You Fair KaThy
    ThaT is enough for me
    BuT my LoVe arriVes soon
    and the pasT is an ancienT EgypTian
    who spurns my Soul to HeaVen
    By GOD Woman
    You make me belieVe in DOG

  20. Kevin INFJ
    super surreal mysTical sonneT No.69

    the blue hue of your inVerTed soul asTounds me
    i waTch iT grow in fronT of me
    meTamorphosis of soul
    reinVenTed like a serial killers VicTim
    the riVer will make soup with your Bones liTTle girl
    I neVer said iT was good
    we are dualiTy
    the sonneTs of selfishness
    psychic philosophers
    knowing whaT you donT
    I am The WAR WIZARD..
    I See All
    I Know All
    I Am INFJ

  21. Kevin Mallaly


  22. Kevin Mallaly’s PoeTry Page TaTToo 22

    i haVe my new Muse
    my CrescenT Moon
    …the ConsTellaTions Rejoice
    The Sirens Wail
    The GODS gaTher to Look
    Yes my True friends
    iT is the Valkyries Kiss
    See More

  23. Remove Post-Kevin Mallaly’s PoeTry Page TaTToo 22

    i haVe my new Muse
    my CrescenT Moon
    …the ConsTellaTions Rejoice
    The Sirens Wail
    The GODS gaTher to Look
    Yes my True friends
    iT is the Valkyries Kiss
    See More

  24. Remove Post-Kevin Mallaly’s PoeTry Page Romanian LoVe Scorpio sonneT..No.2

    She is coming friends
    We will walk hand in hand
    The Woods will welcome Us
    …My GOD
    It is real
    I peel myself like a Banana
    I re-creaTe
    Make the change for you
    I Tell you True
    I LoVe You
    Line No.11
    WinTer is coming
    Our SnowAngels will Kiss
    They Do

    Last Poem…I hope i am not bothering you..

  25. -Kevin Mallaly’s PoeTry Page faiTh no More

    i spiT these words aT you
    I pull back the bolT and spray
    ……the SAW gunner unloads a 200 round Drum
    inTo your culTure
    mesopoTamian massacre

    Last one(winks)

  26. walid abdul-hamid

    hi i need help on ur book the perfect cut what do you think would be a good introdution paragraph and what do u think would be good body paragraphs and conclusion cuz i am doin A CHARACTER ANALYSIS ABOUT HIM I WONDER IF U CAN HELP ME

  27. Hi Julie,
    I wonder if I might suggest two additional contests for your excellent list of upcoming contests? Just shoot me an email and I can forward you the details.


  28. Rebekah T

    Hello my name is Rebekah and I am doing my grade 10 english culminating project about your book, The Perfect Cut. LOVED IT by the way. So I was wondering if you can tell me a little of what/who inspired you to write the book.
    Thank you, Rebekah.

  29. Miles Cobbett

    Hello Julie
    I posted your latest blog about Writer Education via my fb and twitter pages. Thanks for all you do to help hook kids on reading.
    All the best,
    Miles Cobbett, fb friend and Author of the book Champion

  30. Anil Thapa

    This is Anil from Nepal and trying to get approval in suite 101. Why its too difficult to get approval. Could you please suggest me how to write better to get approval.

  31. jack

    Hi, Julie
    It’s so good to see your laneway house blog and wish you luck for the new place.
    There’s something I don’t understand. Why are you using “Lanecraft” while “Chateau Homes in Richmond” not only designs but also builds the house and more?
    Thank you.

  32. jesse okaeme

    hi julie,please i would like u to write me a short essay on the “perfect cut” please..need it for my school ISU project i was asked to do an essay on your book.thank you….my mail

  33. Hello,

    My name is Nathan Yadlin and I’m the online marketing director for

    I wish to inform you of our latest online competition: Short Story Writing Competition.
    First prize for the winner: $300 Cash.
    Last day for submission: Jul 31st, 2011

    You may enter the competition page here:

    I would appreciate very much if you’d notify your visitors about the competition.

    Thank you,
    Nathan Yadlin

  34. Justin Corfield

    Please could you get in touch with me in connection with your uncle John Burtinshaw. I am writing about his unit in World War II, and would like to clarify some points with you. With best wishes from Australia.

  35. Julie:
    Would you please call me at 604.782.6481. We would like to do a phone interview with you on CBC radio.


    Michael Popove

  36. Frederic

    Hi Julie,

    We were considering using Chateau Homes for our housing project and noticed you had some blogging about using them.

    Do you have any feedback?

    We would greatly appreciate your input.



  37. Hi
    If it is the same company, they went out of business and set us back by months! My advice is to really check out the company before you go with them…

  38. Ginger

    Hi Julie
    Am enjoying your blog and am glad you haven’t given it up. So much good info…and Cypress was such a good idea…great about the recent edit.

  39. Vaile Kerner

    Dear Julie, how long are you in town for?
    I was wondering if I could ask you some questions about writing.
    No doubt you’re quite busy, please respond when you’ve time.
    – Vaile Kerner

  40. Hi Julie,
    I like your blog!
    Wondering if you would post about our writing contest at Musicworks magazine. Your readers might be interested! Here are the details:
    Musicworks magazine’s 2nd Annual Sonic Geography Writing Contest

    Cash prizes, and winners are published in Musicworks magazine

    Details: Write 500 words about the sound of a specific location. How does it influence the space? Check out for some examples of Sonic Geographies.

    To enter:

    Deadline: June 25, 2012

    Each $20 entry fee includes the price of a 1 year subscription to Musicworks (3 magazines and 3 CDs)

    Thanks for helping us spread the word!

    All the best to you,


  41. I work in the order entry department at United Library Services, in Calgary, Alberta , Canada . We are a wholesaler of books for schools and libraries throughout western Canada .

    I have a public library customer who is interested in your book:
    Dead Reckoning, ISBN 9780978255398, $12.95
    Is this title available? If so, may we order books from you directly with a purchase order?
    Connie Ramsey-Befus
    United Library Services
    7140 Fairmount Dr SE
    Calgary, Alberta Canada
    PH 403-252-4426 Ext 228

  42. brad hiscock

    Dear Julie,

    I would like to inform you of a poetry contest called “The International Quill Quarrel” that is accepting admissions from August 15th – October 15th, 2012. If you could add it to your list of upcoming contests that would really help to let the general public more aware of it. The contest is open to everyone. For full details you can visit or message me back with any concerns. Thank You! 

    All the best,

    Brad Hiscock

  43. Jana

    Dear Julie,
    Is there any way that your book The Perfect Cut can be on itunes?

  44. Harold Rhenisch

    Hi, Julie, do you know if the Klaustrid AIR program has a facebook site? I’ll be there for five weeks in March and April, crafting a poetic essay about Gunnarsson’s return to Iceland and his German tour in 1940, on the premise that he gave us a new form of nonfiction, almost a century ahead of its time. “Just link to the facebook site,” says Skuli Björn. He is obviously better at Facebook than I! I get the Klaustrid in the south, but that’s it. I found one for Skriduklaustur, but none for the program. I gather you are at UBC now … earning a piece of paper or helping others earn theirs? If you had the time to tear yourself away and send me a facebook note at Harold Rhenisch or email me at I would be grateful. I intend to start my Icelandic blog in February, and to continue it through the residency. Let me know if you’d like me to let you know when it’s up. Best, Harold Rhenisch ,

  45. Hello Julie,

    I have been blogging ( for three years now, and I am extremely sad to say that I have never really paid much attention to our Freedom to Read Week. This year I am hoping to fix that by reaching out to a few of my favorite Canadian authors, and requesting a small guest post talking about banned books and our freedom to read.

    I sincerely hope that you will consider joining me on my blog during the week of February 24th to March 2nd 2013, to bring some awareness to book lovers everywhere.

    Thank you for your time,
    Amy 🙂

  46. Trisch

    Hi there, I am looking for some feedback, or assistance….I have been writing for years. I however just found the courage to allow people to read some of my work. I was hoping to find out if there were any contests, or any way to have my work looked at professionally, without a high cost. I am a mom of three and one on the way, so funds are very very limited. I thank you for any info you can send me.

  47. Kathy Gates

    Hey from Yukon Territory. I just want to let you know that “Diamond Tooth Gertie” was not “born with the name “GERTIE LOVEJOY”. In actual fact, her name was Mary Isobel Lovejoy. I am researching her name and life and what happened to her after she left Dawson City, so that the Klondike Visitors Association will have an accurate biography for her. I have proof of where and when she was born, siblings etc. and when and where she married the Dawson Lawyer, CWC Tabor and after he died in the hotel fire, she remarried and lived to be 83 years old. I have her marriage records as well as her death vertificate.
    So much about her life has been neglected or distorted…I had enjoyed reading your blogs and felt I should provide you with accurate information. I cannot share any more until I have written her story up for both the KVA and possibly for a newspaper article……but if you are interested…I can share later.


    Kathy Gates, Whitehorse Yukon

  48. Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for contacting me. I can’t wait to hear what you find out about the ‘real’ Diamond Tooth Gertie. The facts sound like a book in the making already! Please keep me posted.

    • Kathy Gates

      I can email you an article we wrote for both the Klondike Visitors Association as well as for the Klondike Sun Newspaper and the Yukon News. It is about 1200 words long…are you interested? If so, how do I send it?
      Kathy Gates/ Re: Diamond Tooth Gertie Lovejoy

  49. Paula

    Trying to get copies of “Freedom of Jenny”. I understand Raincoast is no longer publishing… Will it be available anywhere else?

  50. BIG POND RUMOURS is returning with both summer and winter issues! On hiatus since the Winter 2008 issue, this literary e-zine is coming back with a difference. We are still international but now you can make a regular submission (not considered for the contest) or you can submit to the contest (mark “Contest” on each poem or story). The contest pays the winners in addition to publishing them! 1st place for poetry or story $50, 2nd place $25, 3rd place $10. The entry fees are: $10 for up to 3 poems (75 lines total) and $15 for each story (up to 3,500 words) or $20 for longer stories (3,500 to 5,000 words). We seek quality in the writing and do not have a preference for any particular genre. Mail your submissions to: Sharon Berg, Big Pond Rumours, 67 Emerald Street North, Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 5K2 or email them to If you are emailing contest submissions simply e-transfer the appropriate fee. Submission deadline is November 30th, 2014 for the Winter 2015 issue. Check us out at

  51. Becky Bartell

    Hi Julie,
    I am the library director at Farnsworth Public Library in Oconto, Wisconsin. Recently, we had a book of yours, titled “Being Bryan” go to “billed” status on a patron’s account. When we tried to find out if we could replace the book, we could not find that you had written a book by that title. Upon further research, we found that your book “The Perfect Cut” has a main character by the name of Bryan. Has that book had several titles? It’s a mystery to us, since we can’t find “Being Bryan” anywhere….Can you help?
    Thanks so much!
    Becky Bartell

  52. Hi Becky,
    Sorry for the delayed reply. I’m in the UK at the moment and don’t have internet at my aunt’s house 😦 The book you are looking for is “The Perfect Cut.” I’m not sure how a ‘working title’ ended up in your patron’s vocal, but there you are!
    Thank you

  53. Casey

    I am a high school English teacher in Ontario and we have been teaching “The Perfect Cut” as part of our Grade 9 Curriculum for about 5 years now. I need to order more copies for our department, but I am having a hard time finding them (Chapters does not seem to be carrying them anymore according to my online searches). Is there a Canadian company that I can order more copies from? Thanks!

    • Hi Casey,
      Thank you so much for your comment regarding The Perfect Cut. The publisher, Raincoast Books no longer publishes so the book is ‘orphaned’ and looking for new publisher. I’m thrilled that you are teaching it in your class and hope it is creating lots of discussion around self harm. I’ve searched and you can buy seconds here for very little cost. Please let me know if this works for you are not.
      Very Best,

  54. Sorry, I have no idea where you can source them. Do you know the publisher’s name? Try to contact them directly. SB

  55. Zoe

    Hi Julie

    My mother has had an email from yourself and Royallite Publishing, Nairobi, Kenya – regarding inclusion in a project called “Power of the Pen Anthology”. Before she goes ahead and completes the contract – would you confirm that this is a valid project – call me suspicious! I can forward you the details of the email if you like.

  56. Zoe

    Thanks for the rapid response Julie – I better print off her contract for her now 😀 All the best for the project.

  57. Hannah

    Hi Julie!

    I just finished reading The Perfect Cut, and it hit so close to home. It was so realistic and I felt deeply for Bryan and Michelle. Their father reminded me a lot of my own and I also have a history of self harm. I was so thrilled I stumbled across this book and was able to snag a copy! I really loved the way you described Bryan’s stay in the psychiatric hospital and the way his mental state was handled throughout the book. I feel like I’m rambling, but in sum, I really adored the book and I wanted to thank you for writing it. I also appreciated the resources and information in the back of the book.

    • Hello Hannah,
      Thank you so much for taking the trouble to get in touch with me. It means a lot when readers provide feedback, especially when the topic is so personal. I’m really pleased you were able to relate to Bryan’s story. He’s my favourite character in all of my books so far!

  58. Hi, Julie!

    Remember when we spoke on the panel about teen writing at the Symposium for Manitoba Writers? I recently took on the job as President of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild Board. One of my jobs is helping to organize the Manitoba Book Awards. One of our jurors has expressed a conflict of interest and can no longer sit on the jury. I immediately thought of you. Would you be interested/have the time to judge 15 books for young people? There are 7 teen novels, 2 graphic novels and 6 picture books to evaluate. I can send you details on what is required, a list of the books and the criteria, if you would like to help out the Guild in this way. Thanks for your time.

    – Susan Rocan

    • HI Susan,
      I’m really interested! You can email me directly if you still have my email address from before? It hasn’t changed. Otherwise, I’ll look for your reply here. Wonderful to hear from you.

      • Hi, Julie!
        Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have your email address, anymore. Since we were last in contact, I switched email providers. I tried to find my old email contact list but I think my old computer has Alzheimers! I have double-checked the email address I included here and it is correct. It should direct you to the Guild address so I can get your contact info there. Sorry about any inconvenience.
        – Susan

  59. PS. I think I made an error when entering my email address. I will attempt to get it right, this time!

    – Susan

  60. Mark Hardin

    Hello, Julie –
    I’m glad to read that you are taking advantage of the COVID disruption by returning to school. I am a middle school teacher-librarian in Portland, Oregon. This is my 36th and final year in what has been a very rewarding career. I’d like to inquire about permission to read your 2000 novel, Dead Reckoning, to my students. This would be offered behind the school district firewall and taken down by June of 2021. I’m not sure how to go about securing permission. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    • Hi Mark,
      The rights to that book have reverted to me, and I’d like to offer you permission to read it to your students. I think it’s a really important story and I’m thrilled to share it! I’d love to hear their reactions, if possible. Best of luck with your final year of teaching. It is a challenging one, for sure!

  61. Hi Julie. Just a quick note to say hi and to let you know that I knew your brother Ed back in the 70’s. I remember him as a truly next-level human with a razor wit and an alarmingly hilarious sense of humour.

    I grew up out in the valley in Langley. My neighbour Glen from across the street, was sent to attend St. George’s Boys School after his father passed away prematurely and it was through him that I met Ed and a few of the other guys from St. George’s. We even visited Ed a couple of times when he lived in the tiny little house with the unusually low doorways out in Maple Ridge.

    I wasn’t close to Ed. Only met him a half dozen times or so, but he made an impression on me and the shock and grief of his death have never left me. All these years later I still feel deep sadness about his life being cut short so senselessly.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi. Great work on the books. Keep it up! 🙂

  62. Hi Gary, thanks so much for contacting me. Eddy’s is on my mind this week, as December 3rd was the date he was killed, and it’s so lovely to hear from someone who has such great memories. I love that he did leave behind wonderful connections that are still happening all of these years later. I did not know he lived in a little house with a tiny door in Maple Ridge – a self-absorbed teenager in those days! I would love to know more, if you are able and willing. I’m thinking about writing about him, and everything helps. Thanks for your encouraging words regarding writing. Julie

  63. Tanya L Grant

    Hi Julie,

    I was just reading the Salt Spring Arts monthly newsletter and I see you are the Artist in Residence for February. I see your talks and your new writing project. What I can’t see is if you are actually on Salt Spring this month!

    I am a teacher at Salt Spring Elementary School, teaching grades 5/6 this year. I read my class ‘The Freedom of Jenny’ in February last year and I have so many students repeating with me from last year. I just thought I would contact you on a longshot that you were on SSI and might be available to meet with a class of budding authors?

    Thanks for any consideration on this and NO PRESSURE 🙂

  64. Hello Tanya, What a lovely email to receive. Love that Jenny is being read by your students. I am now on Saltspring at my residency. At this point, I am deep in the trenches of a novel, and I can’t commit to anything, but if that changes I will contact you. Again, thank you, Julie

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