About SG Wong

SG Wong is the creator of the Lola Starke series of novels and of the Crescent City short stories, written in the tradition of the hard-boiled detective genre, with two-fingers’ worth of noir and a liberal sprinkling of magic and ghosts thrown in for good measure.

SG Wong has been a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Awards, in the Best First Novel and Best Short Story categories, as well as a nominee for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and works in a lovely blue office where she can often be found staring out the window in between frenzied bouts of typing.


Take a trip in the way-back machine... This was shot and edited in 2013 by independent filmmaker, Mark Power, creator of the documentary, Sacred Cinema.



SG Wong holds a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Alberta. She speaks four languages—at varying degrees of proficiency—and usually only curses in one of them. She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Sisters in Crime (National). She is currently Past President of the Sisters in Crime—Canada West chapter.

From 2012-2016, SG Wong was Vice President of the Get Publishing Communications Society. From 2014-2015, she served as Conference Co-Chair and Programming Chair for the Words in 3D 2015: Intersections literary conference, held in May 2015. She was Head Writer for the environmental social enterprise, Verdigo, 2012-2017.

SG Wong has been a public speaker at such diverse events as the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo, the Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo, the PureSpec Science Fiction Festival, the When Words Collide readers festival, the Bloody Words XIII mystery convention, the Words in 3D 2015 literary conference, Word on the Square, Noir at the Bar (in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver), and Bouchercon 2017. She has also presented workshops for the Edmonton Public School Board, LitFest, the Edmonton Public Library, and ChiSeries Winnipeg.

She has been invited to speak or to present by writers-in-residence with the Edmonton Public Library, the Vancouver Public Library, and the University of Alberta. From March to May 2017, she served the inaugural term as Featured Writer for the Edmonton Public Library’s Capital City Press initiative. In addition to creating book lists and giving tongue-in-cheek interviews, she also created and moderated a panel on Art and Activism.

SG Wong’s debut novel, DIE ON YOUR FEET, was originally published in 2013 as an ebook, by Carina Press. It was a finalist for a 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing for Best Crime First Novel.

SG Wong has since parted ways amicably with Carina Press and now publishes the Lola Starke series as an indie author. The second Lola Starke novel, IN FOR A POUND, was nominated for a 2016 Whistler Independent Book Award. Both IN FOR A POUND and DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST are Library Journal SELF-e selections. Her short story, “The Fix,” is published in Sleuth Magazine, while “Movable Type” is included in the anthology, AB NEGATIVE (Coffin Hop Press, 2015). “Movable Type” was a finalist for a 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. In 2018, the Year of Publishing Women, Wong has two short stories slated for release.

SG Wong has also been a “Blue Pencil” mentor for the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta. In 2015/16, she was a mentor with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Borderlines Writers Circle.

She lives in Edmonton with her family. There are also LEGO. And light sabres. And cookies.

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Acclaimed author Natasha Deen poses two questions to the published writers she meets. The authors are taped for Natasha’s "In Author Words" series of unscripted micro-interviews. Here’s SG Wong on the hot seat.


Audio Samples

SG Wong and Janice MacDonald kicked off the Edmonton launch of the Alberta crime fiction anthology, AB NEGATIVE (Coffin Hop Press, 2015) with an interview on CBC Edmonton AM, conducted by host Mark Connolly.

SG Wong has been a guest on the excellent MF Galaxy Podcast, created by the inimitable Minister Faust, numerous times. (Episodes 84, 89 & 117)

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From March to May 2017, SG Wong was the inaugural Featured Writer of Capital City Press, an initiative of the Edmonton Public Library to connect area readers with their local writing community.

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