Elisabeth de Mariaffi in conversation

It’s become patently clear that Ms. Ninja is the pony to be on in this house, and here’s why: she actually writes things people want to read. Also, she does so while maintaining a literary skill and flair, which is rare in the genre market. Go get her book. Listen to her talk to Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a writer from St. John’s. Her debut collection of stories, How to Get Along with Women, was longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her other books include the thrillers Hysteria and The Devil You Know.

Her latest novel is The Retreat, a thriller that tells the story of a former principal dancer, Maeve Martin, who arrives at a snowy mountain retreat called High Water Center for the Arts. Maeve’s plans to start her own dance company are derailed after an avalanche traps everyone inside and guests start dropping one by one.

The novel, the author told Shelagh Rogers, is in fact based on de Mariaffi’s experience at Alberta’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, which she spent one winter working on her writing. She talked to Rogers how The Retreat came to be.

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