Carley Fortune is the author of Every Summer After, the instant USA Today, Toronto Star, and Globe & Mail bestselling novel — and your next beach read. The book is a nostalgic story of childhood crushes, first loves, and the people and choices that mark us forever.
Carley is an award-winning journalist, who has served at some of Canada’s top publications. She was most recently the Executive Editor of Refinery29 Canada, a job that gave her a lot of pride, joy, and a few migraines. Previously, she was the deputy editor of Chatelaine magazine, where she oversaw the brand’s digital transformation. After being promoted to Editor in Chief, she produced one whole issue, then left to launch Refinery29 Canada, making her the shortest-serving EIC in Chatelaine’s 90+ year history, a fact you will not find on its Wikipedia page.
Carley’s sixteen-year tour around the Canadian media industry has included editorial positions at The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life magazine, and the much-beloved, now-defunct weekly paper, The Grid. Not surprisingly, she likes coming up with new ideas and prefers the beginning of things. Carley was born in Toronto, and spent her young life in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and in Barry’s Bay, a tiny lakeside town in rural Ontario.
Carley holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). She lives in Toronto with her husband, whom she met in a magazine features writing class at j-skool and pursued doggedly after hearing about his nonna’s homemade lasagna. They have two sons.
Every Summer After is Carley’s first novel. She is currently writing her second.
When asked why she wrote a novel, Carley said, " As a kid, reading and writing were my first loves. But I had a pragmatic streak from a young age, and I didn’t think becoming an author was a realistic way to pay the bills. I ended up in journalism instead. (HA!) Still, I always dreamed of writing a novel — I just never thought I’d actually get around to it. In the summer of 2020, feeling deeply nostalgic and pushed to my personal limits, I suddenly decided to write the damn book. I guess I was reclaiming my creativity. I gave myself a deadline to finish the manuscript by the end of the year, set a daily word count goal, and chipped away at it in the early hours of the morning. I’m still shocked Every Summer After is a real book now. It was published May 2022.