A love letter to the area wrapped up in the cover of a book

Written by Toni Lavigne-Conway | Special to The Valley Gazette

Good things can come from challenging times. At least that’s what happened for Carley Fortune.

When the pandemic hit in 2020, she had her ah-ha moment while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the water when she and her family spent their summer at a cottage in the area.

“I always knew I wanted to write a love story,” says Carley. And with that, the words for her first book entitled Every Summer After were put to paper, caught the attention of a literary agent in LA, and already is in production to be released May 2022 in Canada and some foreign markets (US, the UK, Lithuania, Romania, New Zealand, Spain, Germany and Denmark).

The daughter of Nancy and Warwick Fortune, Carley, her husband Marco, and children Max and Finn reside in Toronto. She did however grow up in Barry’s Bay where she has many fond memories of time spent on the lake. In fact, she credits her upbringing here for her creativity and desire to write. “I love it so much up there. It’s where I’m most creative, and I really don’t think I’d have written the book without having the experiences I had growing
up there.”

It was during elementary school that Carley first knew she loved to write, but as a teenager, she aspired to being an editor for magazines. After graduating from MVDHS, she headed to Ryerson for journalism and eventually fulfilled that dream, working as an editor for several publications, including Chatelaine, Toronto Life and the Globe & Mail. She is currently the executive editor of Refinery29 Canada.

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