Words are Ashleigh’s superpower

As a storyteller and wordsmith, Ashleigh Mattern loves sharing her stories and helping others share their own.

Business owner by day, fiction writer by night

Disguised as the mild-mannered business owner of Vireo Creative and Play Sask Sports, Ashleigh’s first passion lies in the magic of fiction. Her first fiction novel was published in 2023, and she has been working as a professional journalist and copywriter since 2007, writing for local, regional, and national publications and organizations.

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Magicked Born was featured on CTV Saskatoon's News at New segment Ali's Book Club with young adult author Alice Kuipers as a summer read pick.
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Ashleigh worked as a CBC reporter, copy editor and associate producer from 2017-2021, writing nationally featured stories for web and radio.
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A regular science writer for USask’s Global Institute for Water Security, Ashleigh reports on the latest water research findings.
Ashleigh Mattern speaking at McNally

Speaker and workshop leader

Ashleigh Mattern is an experienced and knowledgeable speaker and workshop leader with years of professional experience and a passion for sharing her experience. Her ability to engage and inspire her audience makes her an ideal choice for any speaking or teaching engagement.

Magicked Born

In a world hostile to magic, three young mages must find a way to destroy an evil force.

Ashleigh Mattern’s first book is a young adult fantasy novel that follows three young mages on an perilous journey filled with magic and monsters in a setting that is out of this world. For readers of Tamora Pierce and fans of the Final Fantasy video game series, buy your copy today and experience the epic adventure!

Signed author copies with a special bookmark are also available upon request for a cost of $35. Contact Ashleigh with your mailing details and for payment information.

I love it! Amazing characters that all fit together so well. ... Makes me wish I was Magicked!
Kathy Agar
It really is a terrific story. ... I lost several nights of sleep staying up far too late reading.
Julie N.
Young fans of this genre will appreciate the excellent story-telling. Highly recommend.
Maureen Ulrich
Author of the Jessie Mac Hockey Series
Magicked is a unique story with a universal message about standing united against an oppressive system.
Miriam Körner
Author of Yellow Dog and Qaqavii
Compelling, well-drawn characters and highly imaginative storytelling.
Brenda Baker
Author of Camp Outlook
Enjoyed it thoroughly. Fingers crossed for Nova!
Merle McGowan
Author of A Radiant Life