Meet the Author

Kodie Van Dusen


Kodie Van Dusen grew up in a small town in Southwestern Ontario. She began winning awards and being published in poetry anthologies from a young age. While pursuing her undergraduate in psychology, Kodie wrote sporadically for the Western Gazette newspaper reviewing new media releases. Her passion has always been long-form narratives that force perspective changes in the reader and connect on a deeply emotional level.


Kodie also incorporates storytelling into her private practice counseling business, helping clients to overcome personal problems through the power of narrative.


Birds in the Black Water

A Novel About Overcoming Grief

Release Date: September 2022

"That was the second time in my life death lied to me. I wanted it to lie to me just once more."

Neviah has seen the Other Side since she was a child, a dark world trapped somewhere between past and present where shadowy creatures ominously keep watch. Though she uses her connection with the supernatural to build a thriving counseling practice, she is racked with guilt over a professional decision that landed a former client, Martha, into protective custody almost ten years ago. When a little boy arrives alone at her clinic with a letter identifying himself as Martha's son, Neviah has a chance to redeem herself. Having suffered enough loss for one lifetime, Neviah must locate the boy's mother before time runs out and she loses the chance to right her wrongs once and for all—and before the shadowy creatures that have plagued her since childhood do more damage to her loved ones than they already have.

Birds in the Black Water is dark, paranormal drama at its finest. Van Dusen isn't afraid to cross genre lines as she explores the intersection of mental health, maternal instinct, and grief.

Awards and Accolades


Shortlisted for the 2020 Scintillating Starts Contest 

"The description in this piece is exquisite...This is well written and it definitely draws me in. The unknowns are creating incredible tension and the tone fascinates me..." (B. Lynn Goodwin, Managing Editor of Writer Advice)

Shortlisted for the 2022 Braun Book Awards

"This author has a great deal of skill with words, and the book is filled with lovely descriptive passages. An original work within this genre. An engaging storyline. The author voice is very well done, and imparts a unique flavour."

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Recent Interviews

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What are my biggest influences as a writer? What's the ideal relationship between editor and writer? How do I continue to hone my craft? And much more!

"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake." - Kurt Vonnegut


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