Rod Carley is the Artistic Director of Canadore College’s Acting for Stage and Screen Program in North Bay and a part-time English professor at Nipissing University.. He is also an award-winning director, playwright and actor, having directed and produced over 100 theatrical productions to date including fifteen adaptations of Shakespeare. He was the 2009 winner of TVO’s Big Ideas/Best Lecturer competition. A Matter of Will is his first novel.


A Matter of Will
Advance Praise

“What a wild RIDE!!! So many sub-stories within the larger lessons that Carley reminds us of. I have to imagine as a first novel, somewhat autobiographical, partly story and definitely a blast to read. Unbelievably well researched and you can tell, written over many YEARS! Can’t wait for the next book Mr. CARLEY!!!”

– Dean Avery

“Built on a solid story with fully rounded characters, it has a distinctly Canadian flavor. Witty, dark, poignant, clever, I read to the end quickly then returned to some scenes to savor more slowly. For those with a knowledge of the Canadian theater world and/or Newfoundland, it has another layer to enjoy. Some scenes are so minimally and perfectly drawn that they would make good theater. I recommend end this book and am anxiously awaiting Rod Carley’s next novel.”

– Gillian Leek

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