Raimey Gallant

Hello! I'm a disabled Canadian crime fiction author. I have additional identities but prefer to speak privately about those. When not gardening or brewing mediocre kombucha, I enjoy stirring shit up at writing organizations with the goal of making them and their programming more equitable. I have served as a Special Advisor to the Crime Writers of Canada board and Secretary for RWA's mystery and suspense chapter (Kiss of Death.) I hail from a career in marketing and fundraising. My writing career has slowed since 2018, when muscle dysfunction took me down. I'm dynamically disabled, which means my chronic illnesses decide when and how much pain I'm in and how well I can breathe and what that means in terms of mobility from one week to the next. I have a Canadian literary agent, and I've just received an edit letter from her for my mystery The Bias of Rain. My thriller The Alibi Scheme was shortlisted for a Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. My mystery The Bias of Rain was shortlisted for the latter. I'm giddy about the new mystery I'm plotting, and I've got a very hooky synopsis for a romantic suspense novel on the backburner.

Award Type
A family liaison officer has to question her own sexual orientation in order to trace the homophobia in her family back to the person responsible for her niece's disappearance.
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Comments

Kayla Henley Fri, 07/16/2021 - 05:19

I'm a big fan of thrillers, and you have a great start here! We jump right into the action and you immediately establish the stakes for the MC, making the opening scene all the more meaningful and interesting. I love Bone the dog. I'm curious about a small logistic (would she be allowed on the case if the department knows she's related to the victim?) but other than that, solid start! I would love to know more. 

Raimey Gallant Tue, 09/28/2021 - 12:36

In reply to by Kayla Henley

Thanks for your comments, Kayla! Very astute observation. In chapter 1, the MC notes how lucky she was to be included in the rescue efforts as a police officer considering her relationship to the possible victim, and then her boss tells her she needs to leave the possible crime scene. This still leaves whether she'll be able to work the case in some way up in the air, and that's clarified in chapter 3. Throughout the book, she finds more and more ways to be involved in the case, some sanctioned, others not, and whenever she steps over the line as far as what's sanctioned, she faces consequences.

Jodie Renner Sat, 09/25/2021 - 03:51

This one's definitely a winner, in my books! Very engaging first chapters, talented writing, excellent characterization, an intriguing plot, and perfect pacing. I can see this becoming a best-selling mystery. Good luck with it! Can't wait to see it in print so I can read the rest of this compelling story.

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