Will Come the Words: Gail Gallant’s creative space (she’s not saying it’s haunted but …)

Read the series intro to Will Come the Words: Writers & their creative spaces.


GAIL GALLANT lives and writes in Grey County, Ontario, Canada.


What I like about my space

Most of my two novels, ghost stories set here in Grey County, Ontario, were written in my kitchen, either sitting at a table or standing at a counter. It’s a big farm-sized kitchen with a cast iron woodstove that’s kept lit three seasons of the year. From the back kitchen window, I look out over forest and bush, with a blue ribbon of water in the distance. That’s the Sound itself, opening into Georgian Bay.

Our 160-year-old stone farmhouse is just outside of Owen Sound. It sits on 56 acres, set far back from the road and perched on the edge of a limestone ridge. I’m not saying it’s haunted (just in case I have to put it on the market someday) but I refuse to stay overnight here by myself. If my husband has to be away, I stay at a pied-à-terre we have in Hamilton. Just to be on the safe side.

I can’t imagine writing my ghost stories without the Grey County landscape surrounding me, rolling hills, and old farmsteads with weathered grey barns. I owned a huge old barn for a while myself. Let’s just say I wouldn’t have spent the night in there either.

What I write here

For many years I’ve written TV scripts and narration for science and history documentaries, but more recently, two YA novels — supernatural, thriller-romances about a teenage girl named Amelia who sees ghosts in, among other places, a haunted barn. Apparition came out in September 2013 (Doubleday Canada), and its sequel Absolution will be released in fall 2014.





My favourite writing quote (in honour of Alice Munro!):

“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.” ~ Alice Munro

My creative spaces online:

My Apparition blog

Gail Gallant Books on Facebook


13 S-s-scary Things about Writing Your First Book by Gail Gallant (on this website)

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Also in this series (alphabetically by last name):

Michelle Berry

Christy Ann Conlin

Stephanie Dickison (series intro)



  1. Rosey says:

    lol, there really are some places that are scary, and I wouldn’t spend the night either. 🙂

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