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Elle Wild


*Film rights are available for Wild's award-winning debut novel, Strange Things Done, out now with Dundurn Press: As winter closes in and the roads snow over in Dawson City, Yukon, newly arrived journalist Jo Silver investigates the dubious suicide of a local politician and quickly discovers that not everything in the sleepy tourist town is what it seems. Before long, the RCMP have begun treating the death as a possible murder and Jo must investigate her own missing memory of the night in question to find out what happened before freeze-up hits and the town is cut off from outside help.

Strange Things Done is a top-notch thriller – a tense and stylish crime novel that explores the double themes of trust and betrayal.

Agent: Carolyn Forde, WCA, Book trailer: Site:

ELLE WILD grew up in a dark, rambling farmhouse in the wilds of Canada where there was nothing to do but read Edgar Allan Poe and watch PBS mysteries. She is both an award-winning short filmmaker (Diary of an Alien, Swimming Lessons) and a an award-winning author.

Wild’s debut novel, Strange Things Done, is a two time Arthur Ellis Award Winner. In 2017, she won “Best First Novel”, presented by Kobo, and in 2015 won the Arthur Ellis Unhanged for “Best Unpublished Mystery”. Strange has been on multiple shortlists for other awards internationally and was a recent Winner in Women in Film’s “From Our Dark Side” genre writing competition. As such, she participated in a 5-month film incubation program and pitched Strange at the FRONTIČRES international co-production film & television festival in Montreal in July 2017.

Wild is also the former writer/host of the CBC radio program Wide Awake. Her short fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Magazine and, in June 2017, an anthology of literary fiction by the Canadian Authors Association. Her latest literary short, California Pure, earned Second Place in the National Capital Writing Competition in May 2017. She is currently working on her second novel, among other projects.

Recently returned from the U.K., Wild resides on an island in the Salish Sea named after the bones of dead whales.

  • Area(s) of Interest: Writers; Directors; Producers
  • Current Profession: Award-winning Author & Short Filmmaker.
  • Company/Employer: Dundurn Press
  • Work References or Credits:

    Professional Novelist. Debut, Strange Things Done, out now (fall 2016) with Dundurn Press. Won Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel, and was shortlisted internationally. *Film rights available. Agent: Carolyn Forde, WCA, For more info, please visit or contact Jaclyn Hodsdon at Dundurn Press.

    AWARDS for Strange Things Done

    2015 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel – Winner 2014 Southwest Writers Annual Novel Writing Contest – Silver Winner 2014 Telegraph/Harvill Secker Crime Competition – Shortlisted 2014 Criminal Lines crime-writing contest by A.M. Heath Literary Agents – Shortlisted 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award – Longlisted

    Past work: Shortlisted, Best Screenplay "Midnight Sun" Creative World Awards 2009

    Shortlisted for Best Screenplay, "Midnight Sun". BlueCat Screenplay Competition (Hollywood) 2009

    Swimming Lessons, Writer/Director/Co-Producer, Nominated "Best Short Drama" at Hollywood Digital Video Festival 2007, produced by Fast Productions, starring Jodelle Ferland

    Diary of an Alien, Writer/Director/Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer, A 22 min documentary detailing life as a foreigner in Japan, shot on location in and around Tokyo. Won close to 20 awards internationally at film festivals and was broadcast internationally. For full filmography, please view here:

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