Angela Misri

Angela Misri

Author
Toronto, ON
Genres

Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 12 and up), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)

Representation

Amy Moore Benson (Meridian Artists)

Biography

Everything changed for young Angela Misri one spring day in 1992 at an assembly in the gym where, as per usual, she was giggling and whispering with her friends in the audience. Suddenly her name was called by the Principal of the school and she was jostled out from the safety of the herd and to the front of the room. Having not really listened to the preceding speech, she was shocked to learn that a poem she had written as part of a school assignment had been published in an anthology of like-quality poems by Canadian children. The Principal smiled the biggest smile she had ever seen on a teacher, and handed her a copy of the coil-bound anthology, turning the young poet towards the audience of her schoolmates and starting the applause that followed her back to her safe haven between her best friends.

That was the moment when Angela discovered that despite being of Indian descent, there were in fact other options for your life’s work than medicine or engineering.

Discovering that she could get not one, but two degrees in a field she loved, was the next step, and she even got to immerse herself in her favourite genre when she submitted her final paper titled ‘A Psychoanalysis of Sherlock Holmes’ wherein she postulated that the great detective was bipolar. Mostly this was an excuse to read everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had ever written. Thrice.

Her byline graced the pages of The Calgary Herald, the London Free Press, a paper by Uwe Windhurst on Neuroscience (look, she’s still Indian, so don’t ask – it was a summer job at a lab dissecting cats), and oh yes, CBC News.

The story goes that Angela finished school on a Friday and started work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the following Monday, and stayed for fourteen years. She spent those years making Radio Extra-terrestrial, building the websites, becoming the first podcaster and finally, leading the social media and operations teams in the medium she loved above all others.  She has won a Prix Italia as part of the CBC Kids team, three RTNDA Awards and a President’s Award. But what has this to do with the first paragraph?

Simple. During her last two years at the CBC, she also wrote three books in a series she called A Portia Adams Adventures. She did this on the commute back and forth to work, 30 minutes in each direction, twice a day in moleskin notebooks. Twenty-eight moleskin notebooks in all.

Portia Adams became her homage to her favourite detectives, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Hercule Poirot, and of course the Batman (no, seriously, go pick up a graphic novel people).

Finally, the pressure of having all these books written with no one to read them got to the young mother and she hung up her headphones (she worked in radio, follow along people) and left the CBC to get published (again). 

Jewel of the Thames is the first book in the series, and it hit bookstores in March 2014, published by Fierce Ink Press.

When she is not writing, Angela can be found reading, playing World of Warcraft with her son or deconstructing the internet for the betterment of humankind (and cats, because at the end of the day, they own the internet and plus, she owes them for that summer in the lab).