Fisher Lavell

Fisher Lavell is a working-class writer. Born to generations of rural poor, she was blessed with a trove of untamed stories and the stubborn will to tell them. She is the author of A Seven Year Ache, published in 2022 by Friesen Press, the first in a series of three Roaring River Woman novels.

Fisher was raised on the outskirts of Swan River, Manitoba, in a one-room shack and neither of her parents had ever finished grade five. But bright in school, she eventually landed an education and professional training far beyond her family’s wildest imaginings. With a Master of Education degree and a Post-Masters in Counselling Psychology, she is a nationally certified psychotherapist with several professional publications. Like her fiction, all Fisher’s publications highlight the experiences and voice of the poor and working class.

On her Working Words Blog at, she reflects on working class writing, as well as book and film critiques, true oral stories, dogs, country music, and other influences in her writing.

With two large dogs, Fisher Lavell lives in her home town in the house her father built with his own hands. She can often be seen at a distance, a row of blue hills on the horizon, walking the gravel roads and endless green fields of the Swan River Valley.


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