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Simone St James


Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada.

She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Historical Mystery
New Books
January 2023

Ghost 19
Rita Awards Best First Novel winner (2013) : The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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