Suzanne Pauline de Montigny

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Suzanne Pauline de Montigny

Burnaby, BC

Global E-book Award for Best Fantasy/Alternate History (Winner, 2013)

Dante Rosetti Award for Best Coming of Age Novel (Winner, 2016)


Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14)


Suzanne de Montigny was an elementary music teacher for over 20 years where she discovered she had a knack for storytelling. Author of the award-winning Shadow of the Unicorn series and the young teen novel, A Town Bewitched, published by Books We Love Publishing, she has recently released Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie SkiesShe lives in Burnaby with the four loves of her life - her husband, two boys, and Buddy the bichon frisé.

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Unicorns and Mysterious Fiddlers


Ms. de Montigny presents a toe-tapping presentation, bringing her fiddle and performing French-Canadian and Cape Breton tunes. She recounts how she became an accidental author, journeying from composer/pianist, to teacher, and ultimately to author. After presenting her book trailers, she reads excerpts from her ever popular The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy and its sequel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception, discussing interesting theme-related topics such as what happened when the Chixulub Asteroid struck the earth millions of years ago, and why rhinos and elephants are now considered endangered species in Africa. She also reads from her most recent novel, A Town Bewitched, a story about a child prodigy in classical violin and what she does when a fiddler with no past bewitches the town of Hope with her mysterious Celtic music. Books are available for purchase. Ms. de Montigny also offers her reproducible study guide free for download. 



Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $250 per session

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Becoming an Author - It's Not Too Soon

In this workshop, Ms. de Montigny teaches upper intermediates how to enrich their writing by showing, not telling. This includes:

-Never beginning a sentence with, “He felt…” and using visceral responses instead such as, "A shiver ran up his spine."

-Avoiding using adverbs: "He said angrily," and replacing them with actions such as, "He clenched his fists."

-Using actions as often as possible instead of vocal tags like "he replied", "she exclaimed", or "they shouted", and replacing them with actions that                     show how the character feels. Example: "No!" he exclaimed, can be replaced with: &;"No!" He shot up, catapulting his chair backward&;.

This presentation lasts approximately forty minutes.




Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $250 per session