John Owens was born in Liverpool, raised in Ottawa, and earned an MA in English Literature from Queen’s University at a time when, admittedly, there was a lot less literature to study.
His first book, On the Rails, is a Depression-era saga which author and columnist Roy Macgregor described as “wonderful...evocatively written and powerful”.
His second novel, The Sixth String looks at the little-discussed fate of European Roma under the Nazi regime and in particular, the trials of a rowdy and gifted flamenco guitarist.
He is currently at work on a “change of pace” series of thrillers featuring a not altogether likeable ex-hippie with attitude.
Owens lives and writes in Morrisburg, Ontario with his wife, Maggie and way too much shrubbery.