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Trent Luminary - Linwood Barclay

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As an international bestselling author, Linwood Barclay is known for writing page-turning thrillers. Just ask Stephen King, who says, "My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay." Now Linwood is about to see his work appear on the silver screen -- his most recent book, Trust Your Eyes, is slated to become a feature film produced by Warner Brothers. This achievement is the latest milestone in an award-winning career which was kick-started when Linwood was an English Literature major at Trent University. Although he always felt destined to become a writer, it was at Trent that Linwood found the support he needed to pursue his passion. "I was fortunate to have professors who gave me the leeway to write what I wanted." And it was at Trent that he met the acclaimed author Margaret Laurence, who was writer-in-residence at the time. She became his friend and mentor. "I can't imagine going anyplace else," says Linwood, who graduated with an Honours BA in 1977. "At Trent, I was exposed to things I hadn't read or been aware of." It was also at Trent where he met Neetha, the woman who would become his wife. They have been married for more than thirty years and have two children. Linwood praises Trent's small class sizes and tutorials for providing students with an intimate learning experience and the opportunity to interact with teachers. "At Trent, you can get to know your professors, drop into their offices, and have one-on-one conversations," says Linwood. "You're not just a face in the crowd." And he points out that Trent's broad approach to learning is relevant at a time when specific skills can become obsolete in a few years. "If you learn how to think critically, to understand other points of view, to assess a situation with a sense of history, you'll be able to draw on that experience for much, much longer," says Linwood. Linwood attained international success with the release of No Time for Goodbye, which became the United Kingdom's bestselling novel of 2008. He followed that up with Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada for the Best Novel of 2009 for Too Close to Home. After graduating from Trent, Linwood enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, most notably as a humour columnist with the Toronto Star. While at the Star he began publishing non-fiction books, followed by the Zack Walker series of mystery novels. Since the international success of No Time for Goodbye, he has been a full-time thriller-writer, publishing a book every year. A prolific writer, Linwood has already completed work on a new thriller, A Tap on the Window. It will be released in September 2013. Never Saw it Coming, distributed in North America as an ebook, will be released as a novel in the UK in February 2013. "And soon I will start working on the book that will come out in 2014. I wish I knew what it was going to be," says Linwood.