Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Historian & Storyteller


I’m a book-obsessed author who lives by the sea in Nova Scotia/Mi’kma’ki (Canada). I spend my days writing, researching, and going on adventures with my family – and my evenings devouring books and movies. My readers range from 2 to 102 and I love connecting with them.

I am constantly challenging myself creatively and finding new outlets for my varied interests. In fall 2023, I have a co-authored picture book biography, Freddie the Flyer (Tundra Books), a paperback edition of my bestselling picture book Alis the Aviator (Tundra Books), as well as a paranormal timeslip chapter book (Fever on the Forgotten Coast) for 7-9 year olds.

My literary agent is also out on submission with a women’s fiction book called The 500 Year Flood, about a Houston family battling dysfunction in the midst of Hurricane Harvey.

My main project at the moment is a creative nonfiction book based on my former Ghosts of Camsell blog. I also undertake nonprofit, corporate and government freelance contracts and continue to do research for individuals and communities around the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital.

I am represented by Elizabeth Copps of Copps Literary Services.


  • Houston Literary Awards – Reader’s Choice Award Finalist
  • Romance Writers of America RITA Award Finalist – YA Category
  • Alis the Aviator named CBC Books’ Top 19 of 2019 Picture Books
  • Historian Laureate for the City of Edmonton
  • Writer in Residence at Berton House (Dawson City, Yukon)
  • Northern Lights Award – Rising Star
  • Chatelaine’s Maverick of the Year
  • Top 40 Under 40 for Avenue Magazine (Edmonton)
Please get in touch for:
  • School Visits & Workshops
  • Coaching
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Freelance writing
  • Speaking & Media Opportunities

(Pronouns: She/her)

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