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Author and blogger N. J. Lindquist on mystery and cider

26 December 2022

Three questions for award-winning author and blogger N.J. Lindquist

You’re a published author in several genres, maybe the biggest being the Hot Apple Cider anthologies. How did those happen?

In 2007 World Vision Canada partnered with us to have 60,000 copies of two books given out at their events. By us I mean The Word Guild, a writing organization I cofounded with Wendy Elaine Nelles, my husband Les and others. Wendy and I edited Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, featuring 59 Canadian authors who are Christian, and Les and I published them. We’ve since published three more books, including Christmas with Hot Apple Cider.

Your very first series was young adult fiction?

Yes. I have a series of YA books called Circle of Friends as well as a standalone novel.

But you also write mysteries. Why is that?

I’ve read mysteries since I was very young. I have three Manziuk and Ryan novels, and one novella, which I publish under the pen name J. A. Menzies.

You’ve blogged about how the last four years, with breast cancer and a pandemic, have been difficult. Have you been able to write during all that?

Aside from those blogs, not much. As J. A. Menzies I managed to edit and publish The Defenders of Practavia: A Middle Grade Epic Fantasy, which I basically modelled after C. S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy. And I’m hoping to finish a sequel very soon.

N. J. Lindquist ( is an award-winning Ontario author and blogger raised in western Canada.

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