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Here’s a little about me. Before becoming an author, I trained at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal and went on to enjoy a twenty-year acting career in film, television, and theatre productions across North America.

It felt like a natural extension of my acting to create characters for fiction. My seven-book Thornleigh Saga series, set in 16th-century England, follows a middle-class family’s rise through three generations and three tumultuous Tudor reigns.

My novels of suspense include three written under my penname Stephen Kyle.

Over half a million copies of my novels have been sold world-wide.

My husband and I live in Guelph, a university city in southern Ontario. We love its riverside walks, vibrant arts community, and good-neighborliness.

“A haunting thriller…Kyle keeps the cinematic action scenes and nail-biting suspense rolling throughout.”

– Publishers Weekly on The Experiment

“Riveting Tudor drama”

– USA Today on The Queen’s Exiles

“A classic historical novel – sweeping, gritty and realistic.”

– Historical Novel Society on The Queen’s Lady

“Riveting, adventurous…superb!”

– Historical Novel Society on The Queen’s Gamble

“Wonderfully intelligent, highly readable, and thoroughly entertaining.”

– New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham on After Shock

“A heart-stopping thriller…Kyle is a master at her craft.”

– RT Book Reviews on The Queen’s Exiles

The Thornleigh Saga

Writing as Stephen Kyle

For Writers

“Page-Turner is the quintessential book for writing that break-out novel”
– Goodreads review

Synopsis & Reviews

“Kyle knows her stuff. She breaks down both the art and the craft of writing in a way that is entertaining and easy to understand.”— #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong

What makes a page-turner? What mysterious literary essence holds a reader so hard they feel they must keep reading? And then tell friends, “I couldn’t put it down!” And what do literary agents and publishers really look for in a manuscript?

Internationally-acclaimed author and story coach Barbara Kyle reveals the answers in Page-Turner with insights into the essentials of story structure, the power of “deep character,” the art of crafting dialogue, mastering point of view, and more . . . plus practical advice on how to query agents and get published.

Page-Turner shows how to create the kind of novel that brings offers from publishers and praise from readers. For emerging writers who want to break in, and published authors who want to produce a breakout book, Page-Turner is an indispensable guide.

“Brings alive almost every tough issue a writer of fiction must confront . . . friendly and fun to read.”— Albert Zuckerman, founder of Writers House literary agency

PageTurner is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook