Maggie Wheeler is an award-winning author, communications specialist, blogger and public speaker. Her professional background in communications, marketing and media relations ranges from support for small business to managing major corporate needs. As past owner of Words Ink corporate communications service, Maggie won both the 2002 Outstanding Business Professional award from the Women Entrepreneurs of Cornwall and Area, and the 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the South Stormont Chamber of Commerce. She served as Communications Officer for Brockville General Hospital for four years before retiring from full-time communications in 2015.
As the Seaway Valley’s Queen of Crime, Maggie has spent over 15 years showcasing the social, cultural and psychological impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project on Canadians affected. She is the author of the regionally best-selling “Lost Villages” historical murder mysteries, which have garnered a nomination for the Ontario Premier’s Awards for the Arts, an Ontario Provincial Hansard, and the “people’s choice” Seeker’s Award for Literary Artist of the Year 2013. The series has been used to teach English and history from intermediate to post-secondary levels in Eastern Ontario and Upper State New York. Since 2001, her work with the Seaway history has kept Maggie on the public speaking circuit and in the media at local, regional, national and academic levels. Her most recent contribution is the “Lost Villages” article for Historica Canada’s The Canadian Encyclopedia—the official national online resource for all things Canadiana.
Maggie Wheeler holds a Master’s degree in English from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and a hopeless case of permanent optimism. Semi-retired, she is now writing full time. Along with a number of special projects, Maggie is happily planning a new murder for Book #5 in the Lost Villages series.
Maggie gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for the research and writing of her latest mystery.