Photographer: Dieter Hessel

My name is Mary Lou Dickinson. i am an author and now have three books published. The fourth is due in May 2018, a mystery, THE WHITE RIBBON MAN. The first three are ONE DAY IT HAPPENS (a collection of short stories), ILE D'OR (novel) and WOULD I LIE TO YOU? (novel).

I grew up in northern Quebec and migrated to Toronto via Montreal and Michigan. I have been writing since I was a young child, but only started to publish books at the age of 70. I studied Arts at McGill University and Library Science at University of Toronto before discovering workshops and residencies in creative writing. Some of the opportunities I have  participated in:

  • York University. Glendon Campus. Writing Workshop. Summer 1973.
  • Banff Centre for the Arts. Writing Studio. Spring 1992.
  • Maritime Writers Workshop. Summer 1997.
  • Humber School for Writers. Summer 2006.
  • I was a regular member of the Moosemeat Writers Group for many years from 2005 and more recently participate actively in two other smaller groups.

I also worked for many years in information centres and consulted around the collection and organization of information and resources. When I retired from the regular work force, it was after twenty years as a telephone crisis counselor in the area of violence against women. I wrote through all these years whenever I could.

To quote: "Dickinson enlightens her readers with compassion for and understanding of the human condition. She understands the deeply felt emotions of people longing for communication and connection as they deal with both small and huge problems.  As a former crisis counsellor, she uses her experience to create fiction in her novels “Would I Lie To You?” and “Ile d’Or” that is authentic and moving. Through Dickinson’s characters, we understand their difficulties and embrace the possibilities and potential for change in our lives as well as in theirs."

I love having fun, too, and in spite of having reached an age many consider the twilight zone, I am often seen on the dance floor cutting some amazing figures in ballroom, Latin and swing!

My fiction has been published in the University of Windsor Review, Descant, Waves, Grain, Northern Journey, Impulse, Writ and broadcast on CBC Radio. My writing was also included in the anthology, We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman. Inanna Publications is the publisher of my book of  short stories, One Day It Happens (2007), as well as both my first novel, Ile d'Or (2010) and my second novel, Would I Lie to You? (2014). A mystery, The White Ribbon Man, a mystery, will be launched on May 3, 2018.

My entire writing career has been an exciting journey, full of surprise and adventure! As is also true of my life in general. Hurrah!


Mary Lou Dickinson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.