Joan Donaldson-Yarmey



I was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I married soon after graduation and moved to a farm where I had two children. Over the years I have worked as a bartender, hotel maid, cashier, bank teller, bookkeeper, printing press operator, meat wrapper, gold prospector, warehouse shipper, house renovator and nursing attendant. During that time I raised my children and helped raise three step-children. I also had travel and historical articles published in magazines.

I love change so have moved over thirty times in my life, living on acreages and farms and in small towns and cities throughout Alberta and B.C. I now live on an acreage in the Port Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island with my husband, four female cats, and one stray male cat.


Between 1990 and 2000 I researched and wrote seven Backroads Series books about Alberta, B.C., the Yukon and Alaska that were published by Lone Pine Publishing in Edmonton, AB.

I have now switched to fiction writing. I submitted a short story in a contest put on by Ascent Aspirations Magazine of Nanoose Bay, B.C. and I won first prize in the Flash Fiction section in their Winter 2010 anthology. I have since made that short story into a play and presented it at the 2014 Fringe in Port Alberni.

My three mystery novels, Illegally Dead, The Only Shadow In The House, and Whistler’s Murder have been published by Books We Love Ltd. in a boxed set titled The Travelling Detective Series. It is available in print or ebook formats. More on The Travelling Detective blog.

My latest novel, Gold Fever has also been published by Books We Love Ltd. It is available in ebook format.

You can also find me on Amazon.

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