About Charis

I am a writer, editor and storyteller living in Newfoundland. I studied English at university in Toronto and acting at drama school in London, England. After several years as an actor, I moved into publishing, where I have been working as a freelance editor and writer for more than 20 years.

In 2005 I won the Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence for my book, Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919–1939. Since then I have written several critically acclaimed children’s books, including a series of biographies about extraordinary children and an illustrated book about international ghosts. I have toured schools and libraries in Canada from coast to coast with my books.

I have always been fascinated with ghosts and I find them walking in and out of my books and stories. In 2013 I founded my own publishing company, Baccalieu Books, to publish The Ghosts of Baccalieu. This book was made with students from Tricon Elementary School in Bay de Verde, with funding from ArtsSmarts*. Students contributed drawings and traditional ghost stories collected from the community.

My novel, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, was published by Tundra Books in 2014. It won the IODE Violet Downey Book Award for 2015, was named an Honour Book by the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for 2015, and has been nominated for five 2016 children's choice awards across Canada (Red Cedar, Rocky Mountain, Diamond Willow, Silver Birch and Hackmatack).

*ArtsSmarts is sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the Department of Education through the Cultural Connections Strategy.