Below are some of the writers Petnyaa has helped to become authors. You'll find their books under the Book Catalogue tab above.
Aurora Writers Group
The Aurora Writers Group was formed in 2001 with a core of enthusiastic local bards.
We welcome new adult members in all genres of writing, interest, and levels of experience. A small annual membership fee applies.
The group meets monthly, year round, at the Aurora Town Hall on the third Monday of each month at 7:30. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
_Alex Colborne is an early retiree who is discovering the humour of seniors and enjoys writing about it and reminiscing.
The Purple Palms is Alex's first published novel, but watch for a follow-up about the residents of this Florida trailer park and other titles to follow.
_Lizzy has been an artist since she was a young child and first held a pencil. After graduating in Fine Art from the Performing Arts program at Sudbury Secondary School in Northern Ontario, she travelled extensively throughout North America before settling in Cambridge, Ontario.
A devoted animal lover, Lizzy seeks to honour them, especially wildlife in death, by creating unique crafts and sculptures with their preserved bodies or skeletons.
In addition to being a talented artist, Lizzy also loves to compose music and write. She currently has three writing projects on hand. One novel has been published. It is a love story with a definite 'racy' undertone titled Dolphin Matchmaker.
_Christopher is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick & the University of Waterloo.
The Assassination, a play, is Christopher's first published work. His collection of short stories, entitled Fourteen Stories, is due to be published shortly.
He lives in Cambridge, Ontario.
_Peter Graham is no stranger to miracles and is well qualified to write about them... indeed, his very existence was viewed by the medical profession as one! As a premature, sickly child, he was not expected to survive his many bouts with pneumonia, and was unable to walk for the first few years of his life. A gypsy chanced to visit his home and proceeded to instruct his mother on how to heal her son. A few months later, he was finally able to begin walking. This was but the first of many miracles Peter has witnessed in his life that inspired him to write Miracle in the Park.
Born in Gretna Green, just over the border between England and Scotland, Peter later moved with his family to Carlisle, Cumbria in the north of England where he lived until he immigrated to Canada in 1967.
Shortly after going through the self-publishing process with his book Miracle in the Park, Peter met Anyaa H'redulla who had recently self-published her own book Joy Makers: My Tools for Self-Empowerment and together they launched Petnyaa Self-Publishing Services.
Peter is an accomplished Toastmaster and belongs to the High Noon Club in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his son and family.
__Anyaa was born and raised in Bath, England. She immigrated to Canada as a nineteen-year-old bride and originally settled in Alberta. After a brief, abusive marriage, she went back to England with her daughter until 1976. At that time she returned to Canada and made Sudbury her home where she met her second husband and subsequently gave birth to two more daughters.
In 1987, her second marriage ended very abruptly and unexpectedly. It led to much soul searching, which precipitated a series of synchronistic meetings with people who introduced her to numerous books, modalities, teachings, and philosophies. Her divorce turned out to be a catalyst that changed her life.
Anyaa became a ‘Seeker of Truth’ and followed many paths before discovering that the answers she sought were, in fact, very simple. This discovery led to her first book, Joy Makers: My Tools for Self-Empowerment. In it, Anyaa introduces the reader to a number of simple, down-to-earth, yet valuable tools that she has utilized time, after time, after time… ‘Joy Makers’ as she calls them that she uses to combat life's challenges or ‘Joy Takers’ that we all encounter from time to time.
At about the same time that Anyaa self-published her book, she met Peter Graham who had recently gone through the same process with his first novel, Miracle in the Park. They decided to join forces and founded Petnyaa Self-Publishing Services in March 2005 to assist other writers publish their own books.
As a co-founder of Petnyaa, Anyaa guided many clients through the self-publishing maze. To introduce other writers to the process, she gave seminars on the subject and subsequently wrote a book entitled So... you're thinking of self-publishing.
Anyaa has moved around a great deal during her life, including six months in Thailand, but in January 2000, she made Cambridge, Ontario her home to be near her three daughters, two granddaughters, and one grandson.
_Veikko Loponen is a graduate of a college Print-Journalism Program, has written articles ranging from humorous editorials and military history columns to ‘just the facts Ma’am’ type of feature interview stories. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, and he has done a stint as the Assistant Editor of a Canadian Forces Base newspaper. He is the author of the following novels:
The Irreverent P.I. series of books chronicls the adventures, miss- and otherwise, of Al Cross, the irreverent private investigator plying his trade in eighties and nineties Toronto.
The Four Musketeers, a story of four childhood friends whose promise to aid and assist each other, and their decision to honor that promise as adults, takes them on a violent journey to the dark side.
Fate Plays, where greed, violence, lust and love are all pieces in the play when fate weaves its devious plans that change the pawns of its game forever.
The Accrued Value Tax War, in which a tyrannical government learns, to its dismay, that a man’s home is his castle, and one treads on it with care when a man starts a guerrilla war to protest the seizure of his home.
And finally, Metamorphosis about murder, money, drugs, turf-war, an honourable man and a tarnished woman.
_Gordana (Donna) was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, the eldest of three children. She credits her grandmother for influencing her as she was a very independent woman who was known to be stubborn on occasions. She remembers her saying, “You can’t hide from your destiny. Wherever you go, your destiny will follow you!”
In 1973, Donna immigrated to Canada with her family, and maybe it was her destiny for her to have a major stroke in 1985 and prove that it is possible to pick up the pieces and live again. At the time, doctors recommended she be placed in a chronic care institution and labeled her a “vegetable.” She was unable to speak, she was paralyzed, and she also had very poor vision.
Today, Donna has proved the doctors wrong and continues to improve her life through sheer determination, tremendous effort, and perhaps a little of her grandmother’s stubbornness! She lives with her eldest son and his family in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and has seven grandchildren who are a constant joy to her as well as helping her to relearn many skills we all take for granted.
Easy to Give Up Hard to Fight is Donna's first book and it chronicles her journey after suffering from a severe stroke that doctors believed would leave her a vegetable for the rest of her life.
With a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in Human Sexuality, Marcia has worked as a teacher, counselor, public health nurse and health educator in both the United States and Canada.
Marcia is a firm believer in ‘edu-tainment.’ “Let me educate you, let me see you smile,” is her mantra when she presents a program dealing with a sexual topic. If she can entertain her audience while educating them, she has reached her goal.
For three years, Mrs. Redmond wrote “Sexually Speaking,” a newspaper column in which she answered questions from the community. Marcia has also published four articles on sexual health issues, two of which focus on male sexual attitudes. Her first book was The Trade and Missed Conceptions is her second.
She lives in southern Ontario with her husband and family.
_Idske Rienstra has written several articles for newspapers. A Rebellious Journey is her first book.
She is the second youngest of twelve children and is grateful for her large family. She has three children and three grandchildren. Idske resides in London, Ontario, Canada.
_Paul Telegdi was born in Hungary, and grew up in Vancouver and Toronto. He met his wife Melanie at the University of Waterloo. They spent eight years in Germany, where two of their three sons were born. They now enjoy rural life with their pets on a farm north of Toronto.
Paul is an office manager who likes kayaking and windsurfing. He has been writing for 15 years with ten books in various stages of disrepair, of which the Dreamcast trilogy is the first to be published.
Marilyn Lee Ayres
_Marilyn was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ontario as Marilyn Lee Fairhurst. She currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario with her family.
Preparation for her first novel, Inheritance of Gold, was a project of love. The fact that this work even exits should serve as an inspiration to everyone as Marilyn suffered a closed head injury in 1990. This resulted in the loss of much of her memory, reading and writing skills, math, and a great deal more. As the injury was to the left hemisphere of the brain, it resulted the right side, the creative side, to become dominant.
Fifteen months of intense therapy, six hours a day, three times a week; her determination; her will to survive; and the help of a caring therapist; allowed Marilyn to slowly but surely progress… to the point of writing Inheritance Of Gold, her first venture into the professional writing world. Her efforts were rewarded by the Independent Publishers Association with an "Honourable Mention for Eastern Canada" in their IPPY Awards for 2005.
Like Inheritance of Gold, Marilyn's latest novel, Hanna's Silence, is set in Kirkland Lake in the 1940s. In addition to writing, she is a talented painter and wire artist.
_Mary is a remarkable woman who has overcome obstacles with determination and tenacity. She was born in the Ontario village of Formosa into a family of ten children and is the last daughter in the family. Her school career ended at grade 8 after her mother died and Mary took on the responsibility of caring for her father and the household. Later, she married and started her family.
About a decade ago, Mary enrolled in an adult learning centre where she met teachers who encouraged her and told her she should write. She wanted her Grade 12 diploma and went back to school every time she got laid off from a job finally graduating with that precious Grade 12 diploma. One of her honoured guests at her graduation was a grandson and it would be hard to say who was more proud of her achievement.
Mary was “always fooling around with a pencil” and has written poetry all her life even though she was discouraged by people. Keeper of Memories is another outstanding achievement in an unusual life.
_Alison grew up in Calgary, Alberta and achieved a B.A. in English from the University of Calgary. First diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1991, she has managed to live through tremendous strife only to come out the other side of wellness to live in serenity.
While taking her medications regularly and seeing her therapist every two weeks, she continues to write and work in the community. Alison's book is an account of her daily struggles titled Giving Voice. She lives with her son in Ontario close to Toronto.
_Margaret was born in the small community of Bell Island off the east coast of Newfoundland, Canada. However, most of her life has been spent in the Cambridge and Kitchener areas of Ontario.
Without any formal education to speak of, just basic public schooling, Margaret says: “I have struggled hard due to my lack of education, but I never gave up. I am still learning every day… so, don't let lack of education stop you from achieving your goals.”
It wasn’t until she was in her late forties that she realized she had a gift for creating personalized poetry. Her husband, Dan, recognized her gift and encouraged her to pursue it. Since then, she has spent many years writing personalized poetry for friends, co-workers and family, who all encouraged her to put her collection into book form and Hearstrings was the result.
Margaret's second book is Newfoundland & Labrador: Poetry, Interesting Facts and Me Mudder's Old Ditties and Sayings.
Visit her at http://www.margaretspoetrykorner.com and have a personalized poem created just for you!
_“There have been a lot of great hockey players over the past 100 years, but no one has captured them better in print and photographs than Todd Jones in his book The History of Cambridge Hockey.
Born in Galt in 1944, Jones was an enthusiastic collector of hockey memorabilia since he first laced up a pair of skates to play with the other kids on a school rink. Due to his love of the game and the men and women who play, Jones was inspired to put together a book that reflects a local flavour of hockey personalities, many who became international stars.
During the last half-century, Jones played and coached minor hockey and personally knew many of the players who grace the pages of his exciting book. In his younger days he was a pretty good fastball player. He discovered that hockey players were also good baseball players. “Hockey players who once brought excitement to the ice surfaces in the old Galt, Preston and Hespeler rinks have put Cambridge on the map in the world of hockey. These greats include names such as Terry Sawchuck, Todd Harvey, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Jim Schoenfeld and Vern Kaiser.
The book includes pictures of the world’s greatest women’s hockey team that was known as the Preston Rivulettes. This team, led by the marvellous and talented Ranscombe sisters, Hilda and Nellie, amassed a record of 345 wins, three losses and two ties. Today’s National Hockey League coaches would sell their souls to obtain a record like the Rivulettes had recorded.
This book will become an exciting hockey collector’s treasure that will grace the coffee tables of the nation. For the older generation it will bring back memories of greatness in our arenas of days gone by. The younger generation will marvel at hockey super stars who once played in local rinks just like them.
“It’s a book that will be in my collection. A fantastic job by Todd Jones.” -- Walter Gowing, Columnist, Cambridge Times.
Joe and Merri Macartney
_Merri Macartney, B.A., B.Ed. is a professional speaker, author and teacher. Her audiences have been university staff and faculty, municipal decision-makers, business groups, service clubs and students. Her topics for presentations and books derive from being a wife and mother of four and teaching secondary students for over fifteen years. She is a life-long practitioner the Law of Attraction and applies those principals on a daily basis.
Joe Macartney, BSc., B.Ed. brings an extremely varied background to self-development coaching including sports administration; professional coaching; sales; industrial management; engineering technology; working as a tradesman in the custom machinery business; teaching at the elementary and adult levels; marketing consultant and author. The diverse experience gained gives him a unique approach to problem solving in the personal sphere and a wealth of personal stories to share that clarify solutions. Surviving parenthood and becoming a grandparent round out the qualifications needed to bring something unique to an increasingly crowded field, which this couple did in Shiny Thinking Shiny Life.
_Dave McKay lives with his wife, Susan, in Hamilton Ontario. They are the proud parents of three very talented children. Dave, a Prime Minister’s Award winner, is retired from a very satisfying 33-year career as a teacher of high school mathematics.
Dave has enjoyed writing since his days in high school. He considered majoring in English at university but elected instead to get a degree in Mathematics. Finally, finding himself with some leisure time, Dave has been bitten by the writing bug. The Truth About Living With Goddesses is his first published work.
Patricia Sanders and Allison Montgomery
_Patricia Sanders (nee Wylie), lived in Eden Mills as a young girl from 1948-1952 at which time she moved back to Guelph where she was originally born. She attended GCVI High School in Guelph and attended teachers’ college in Hamilton . She taught for the Hamilton Board of Education for over 30 years and was married to Mark Sanders for 41 years.
Patricia had two children, Allison (co-author) and Grant, and five granddaughters: Olivia, Dana, Kaitlyn, Christiane, and Madelyn, to whom she told many adventurous bedtime stories. Sadly, she passed away in April 2005 at the young age of 64. Patricia wrote the first three chapters of The Adventures of Eden Mills. The remaining eight chapters have been written by her daughter Allison Montgomery following an outline of events that she wanted to include, as well as from Allison’s own memory. Most of the events that are included in this story are from Patricia’s experiences as a child, and some are fictional.
Allison followed in her mother’s footsteps and also became a school teacher. She shares the love of reading and writing with her mother and specializes as a Literacy Improvement Teacher.
_Kevin grew up near Ottawa, but now lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife, daughters and pets. He writes articles for The Women’s Post and Raise the Hammer. He’d like to be idle, but can’t find the time.
Kevin is the author of I’m Gretzky, You’re Gretzky – a satire and love story about a day in the life of 17 year-old Wayne O’Wayne of Ottawa, and Minimal - a book of poetry.