Bridget Canning’s short fiction has been short-listed for The Cuffer Prize and won awards with the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters. In 2015, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (then titled Impulse) received an Honourable Mention with the Atlantic Writing Competition. Her writing has been published in several Canadian literary journals. She was selected as one of the 2015 apprentices with the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mentorship Program. She lives in St. John’s where she writes and works as a college instructor
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (summary):
Wanda Jaynes is about to lose her job amidst a mountain of bills, and she suspects her musician boyfriend might be romantically interested in her friend, Trish. But Wanda’s life changes radically on a routine trip to the grocery store when a gunman enters the supermarket and opens fire. When Wanda comes face to face with the shooter, she instinctively hurls a can of coconut milk at his head and knocks him unconscious. In the ensuing media storm, she’s hailed as a hero and miracle worker. But in the aftermath of so much attention, she receives strange emails and believes she’s being followed. As her fear and paranoia grow, both her private and professional lives hang in the balance. And it takes another act of bravery before she’ll learn who she really is.
“Bridget Canning is a fierce new talent.” – Lisa Moore, author of Flannery
“Like an east-coast emotional weather report, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes exposes the sarcasm, humour, resentment, and friendship that protects the core of every heart. Bridget Canning lays bare the passel of emotions that emerge once ‘the juice is shaken out of you’.” – Michael Winter, author of The Death of Donna Whalen