Emile Ryan is a pen name for Milena Parent, an award-winning university professor specializing in sport event management, and John Kowal, a psychologist with expertise in the domains of health and rehabilitation.
Based out of Ottawa, Canada, we endeavour through our writing to engage, entertain, and, dare we say, enlighten by blending different elements and perspectives. We value integrity, openness, authenticity, and freedom of expression, and we hope these shine through in our literary work.
Together, we have travelled extensively, both in Canada and abroad, and share a love of learning. When we are not writing, you can find us cycling, shoe shopping, and living as much as we can in the moment (easier said than done).
Two beautiful daughters and a hedonistic cat, which appears in our novel under the alias, Marley, enrich our lives.
Though Love Decanted constitutes our first novel, we have given over 150 presentations at national and international conferences, published 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 books, and 25 chapters, and held over $2.5 million in research funds.
We have also appeared on television and radio, and some of our work has appeared in the newspaper. We are members of the Professional Writers’ Alliance as well as American Writers and Artists, Inc. (AWAI).
We also hold a level 2 certification with distinction from the United Kingdom’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).