Rod Carley is an author, humourist, actor, director, playwright, cat wrangler, pie lover, and club sandwich aficionado. 

He is the award-winning author of three works of literary fiction (humour): GRIN REAPING (long listed for the 2023 Leacock Medal for Humour, 2022 Bronze Winner for Humour from Foreword Review INDIES, and a Finalist for the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Humor/Comedy) KINMOUNT (long listed for the 2021 Leacock Medal for Humour and Winner of the 2021 Silver Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards)

A Matter of Will (Finalist for the 2018 Northern Lit Award for Fiction). His short stories and creative non-fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian literary magazines including Broadview (winner of the 2022 Award of Excellence for Best Seasonal Article from the Associated Church Press), Cloud Lake Literary, Blank Spaces, Exile, HighGrader, and the anthology 150 Years Up North and More. He was a finalist for the 2021 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Prize.

Rod is a popular author with literary festivals and book clubs. Recent credits include Jabbawong Storytelling Festival, 1000 Islands Literary Festival, Burlington Literary Festival, The Literary Press Group of Canada, and Wordstock Sudbury. He has led workshops and webinars on the art of writing humour, marketing and self-promotion for authors, and how to get published. He was the 2009 winner of TVO’s Big Ideas/Best Lecturer Competition for his lecture entitled “Adapting Shakespeare within a Modern Canadian Context,” and has directed/produced over 150 stage productions to date, both nationally and internationally, ranging from the classics to newCanadian works.

He has lived in Toronto, North Bay, and recently returned to his hometown of Brockville with his wife Marian and their two rescue cats, Hilton and Howie. Rod is a proud alumnus of the Humber School for Writers. Reach him at

Hilton is a five-year old tabby who suffered a traumatic kittenhood — left abandoned in a ditch until discovered by All-Heart Pet Rescue in Powassan, ON, and nursed back to health. At the age of six months, he was adopted into the loving forever home of author Rod Carley and his wife Marian. In addition to writing, Hilton enjoys long naps in the sun, chicken pâté, and birdwatching.

Rod Carley and Hilton are both rep-purr-sented by Carolyn Forde. 

Welcome to Transatlantic Rod and Hilton!