About me – and the owl


After being abruptly fired from his job, sixty-one year old Lyndon fakes his
own death and he and Margaux, his wife of 35 years, finally begin to really live.
Before they can come together though, they must fall apart first. Readers
will thrill to Margaux and Lyndon’s respective adventures which include run-ins with Viagra-pushing, cupcake-chewing anarchists; a haunted tea party hosted by the demonic ghost of a sadistic nurse; wild nights at the glamorous drag bar Dames and through it all, the love of one very special kitty. The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is a very adult Alice in Wonderland with a dash of
The Conjuring: readers will be smiling one moment and breaking out in
goosebumps the next. As one character succinctly points out, “Things come
to light in he darkness.” Warm, witty, wildly imaginative and inspiring, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution puts the “joy” in joyride! 

Lisa de Nikolits is one of the most exciting authors in CanLit today and this funny, fearless new novel will not disappoint her fans.
– Heather Babcock, author of Filthy Sugar (Inanna Publications, Spring 2020)

Originally from South Africa, I have lived in Canada since 2000.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and
I have also lived and worked in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain.
I now live and write in Toronto. 

Published Novels (most recent first):
The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution, Inanna, 2019
Rotten Peaches, Inanna Publications, 2018.
No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications, 2017.

(Published as Una furia dell'altro mondo, Italy, 2019.)
The Nearly Girl, Inanna Publications, 2016.
Between The Cracks She Fell, Inanna Publications, 2015.
The Witchdoctor’s Bones, Inanna Publications, 2014.
A Glittering Chaos, Inanna Publications, 2013.
West of Wawa, Inanna Publications, 2012.
The Hungry Mirror, Inanna Publications, 2010.

Writing Awards
Between The Cracks She Fell, co-winner IPPY Bronze Medal,
Contemporary Fiction, 2016
A Glittering Chaos,
co-winner IPPY Silver Medal, Popular

Fiction, 2014
West of Wawa, winner IPPY Silver Medal, Popular Fiction, 2012.
The Hungry Mirror, winner IPPY Gold Medal, Women’s Issues,

Fiction, 2011.
The Hungry Mirror, longlisted for a ReLit award, 2011.
Bronze Medal, Anthology, Songs on The Wind,

Poetry Institute of Canada, 2003
Other Published Works
Short story, Thirteen Claws,
Mesdames of Mayhem Anthology, Toronto, 2016.
Short story, The Whole She Bang, Sisters in Crime Anthology,

Toronto, 2016.
Short story, Thirteen O Clock, Mesdames of Mayhem, 2016.
Short story, PAC ‘N HEAT, 2016.
Short story, Eve Ago, Anthology, Postscripts To Darkness,

Ottawa, 2015.
Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Volume 30, Nos 2/3, Canadian

Woman Studies Journal, Poetry, She Comforts Me, 2015, poem.
Short story, Troubled Times, Thirteen O’Clock, Anthology,

Mesdames of Mayhem, 2015.
Contributor to Rewording A Life, Anthology,

Edited by Sheryl Gordon, 2015.
Flash Fiction Online, The Love Triangle, Maudlinhouse.net, 2014.
Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Women Writing4 Remembering:

Inanna, Winter 2012/Spring 2013, poem.
Short Story Online, Henry and Hannah, Maudlinhouse.net, 2014.
Bronze Medal Winner, Anthology, Songs On The Wind, Poetry

Institute of Canada, 2003.
Stories From Our Black Book, Anthology, 2005.
Simply The Best, British Anthology, Short Story, 1990.

Writing Memberships
Crime Writers of Canada – joined 2012.
Mesdames of Mayhem – joined 2013.
International Thriller Writers Inc. – joined 2014.
Sisters in Crime – joined 2012.

Guest Author and Workshop Host at FogLit September 2018
Host of IFOA Weekly, What’s Life Got to Do With It? March 2018
Panel Host and Moderator at Bouchercon 2017
Host and moderator for IFOA Bookclub, August 2017.
Guest Author at Lit On Tour, IFOA, 2016
Word on the Street, Keynote Speaker, Genre Tent, 2016
Guest Speaker at FogLit Festival, Saint John, New Brunswick
Served as a judge for the Hamilton Literary Awards 2014 and 2016, Fiction.
Key Note Panel Speaker at Bouchercon International World Mystery Convention, Long Beach, CA, 2014.
Key Note Panel Speaker at Bloody Words Murder Mystery Conference, Toronto, 2014.
Key Note Speaker at Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, Edmonton, 2014
Key Note Speaker at Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, Edmonton, 2013
Key Note Speaker at Sisters in Crime, Toronto Chapter, 2013
Key Note Speaker at Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, Edmonton, 2011
Guest Blogger on AllLitUp, 2014
Guest Blogger on Open Book Toronto, 2014
West of Wawa was one of four Editor’s Choice in Chatelaine magazine, August 2011 and featured on the Chatelaine Online Bookclub
Featured Guest on She Does The City, The Hungry Mirror, June 2010
Guest Speaker at George Brown College, 2011
Other Readings (not all inclusive)
Attic Owl Reading Series, Moncton, 2015/2016.
Ben McNally Books, Toronto, 2015.
Type Books, Toronto, 2015.
Gatsby Books, Long Beach, CA, 2014.
Niagara Literary Festival, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Night Out With Authors, Tranzac Club, 2014.
Raw Sugar Café, Ottawa, 2014.
Indigo, Bloor Street, with the Crime Writers of Canada, 2014.
Audreys Books, Edmonton, 2014.
Plasticine Reading Series, 2012, 2013.
Makin’ a Racket at the Red Rocket, 2013, 2014.
ChiZine Reading Series, 2014.
The Toronto Public Library (Annette Street Branch), 2012, 2013, 2015.
OLA, Ontario Library Association, (Crime Writers of Canada), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
Reading at Toronto Women’s Bookstore 2011.
Reviews (not all inclusive)
Rotten Peaches reviewed by Foreword magazine and Flare magazine.
No Fury Like That was reviewed by Open Book Toronto, Hello! Canada magazine and Beach Metro News.
The Nearly Girl reviewed by the Quill & Quire, Canadian Living magazine and Beach Metro News.
Between The Cracks She Fell reviewed by the Quill & Quire, Open Book Toronto, 49th Shelf and Canadian Living magazine.
The Witchdoctor’s Bones reviewed by Canadian Living magazine.
A Glittering Chaos reviewed by Broken Pencil.
West of Wawa reviewed by Chatelaine magazine, The Walleye, The Temiskaming Shores Public Library Blog, Canadian Living Online.
The Hungry Mirror reviewed by The Quill & Quire, Canadian Living magazine, The Huffington Post, The Anglican Journal, Canadian Literature, A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, Shameless magazine
Bachelor of Arts, English and Philosophy, University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Author’s Platform/Social Media Presence
Facebook • Goodreads • Twitter • YouTube • LinkedIn • Instagram
twitter: @lisadenikolits
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1r8H9Df
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com @lisadenikolits
The Mesdames of Mayhem:

Please note: due to my commitment to various projects, The Minerva Reader will be published at unspecified times. Thank you for your patience with this!

About the Owl:

The owl is a symbol of Minerva and this beautiful medallic sculpture was created by my Great Aunt, Dora de Pédery-Hunt. 

Dora de Pedery-Hunt is one of Canada's most recognised sculptors. Her engraving of Queen Elizabeth II has graced Canadian currency for more than a generation. You likely have one of her engravings in your pocket right now! Dora received the Order of Canada for her artistic contributions.

Dora was a wonderful inspiration
​to me. She was fierce, passionate and utterly dedicated. She told me that my writing would succeed one day, and that I should keep at it. Thank you, Dora.