The award-winning author of Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches, and in October 2020, The Hush Sisters.
Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. In 2019, he turned the Finton Moon experience into a multi-media art exhibition, “The Book that Wrote Itself”. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. In 2021 his second novel, The Hush Sisters won an international Next Generation Indie Book Award in the suspense category and also was a finalist in the paranormal category.
Gerard has won numerous arts and letters awards for fiction, published in journals and anthologies, garnered unanimously positive reviews and arts grants, had his short stories taught in multiple university courses, and his first novel has been placed in high school learning resource centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.
A lecturer at Memorial University for two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American (Gothic) literature. He is an experienced leader of writing retreats and workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Gerard has been a featured workshop leader at the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick WordSpring multiple times, and was also faculty at the prestigious Piper’s Frith retreat in Newfoundland. In 2017, Gerard was invited to deliver a lecture to Masters in Creative Writing students at Newcastle University, UK, as well as a public reading at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
Gerard regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring writers who show great promise. His most recent novel, The Hush Sisters, was released by Breakwater Books Ltd. in October 2020.