Marlyn Horsdal is an editor and ex-publisher who operated Horsdal & Schubart Publishing from Salt Spring Island and later Victoria, with her husband Michael Schubart, from 1984 to 2002. Born in Ottawa and educated at the London School of Economics, she taught in Ghana as a CUSO volunteer and later created a non-profit society to provide scholarships for girls at St. Louis Secondary School in Kumasi, Ghana.

Her first novel, Sweetness from Ashes (Brindle & Glass $19.95), describes how the reunion of three siblings, honouring the wish of a deceased relative to return ashes to a family farm in Ontario, leads Jenny, a book editor, to unravel family secrets and discover hitherto unknown connections to West Africa.

Horsdal's second novel The Judge and the Lady (TouchWood, 2012) takes place on Vancouver island in the late 1800s.

According to promotional material:

"When the beautiful and flirtatious Eleanor Wentworth is sent away from London in 1870 for her scandalous behaviour, she arrives, angry and rebellious, in Victoria, a town that falls far below her expectations of society. Soon, however, she is befriended by Celia Turner, the freethinking young wife of a conservative minister, and unlikely though it seems, they become lifelong friends. When Eleanor meets the fascinating judge Matthew Baillie Begbie, the first chief justice of BC, life in the colony suddenly becomes much more attractive. Discover life in vibrant, late-nineteenth century Victoria and meet the characters who helped build the province's rich history."


Sweetness from Ashes (Brindle & Glass, 2010) $19.95 978-1-897142-45-5
The Judge and the Lady (TouchWood, 2012) $19.95 978-1-927129-30-2