Q & A with Douglas J. McLeod

As the Holidays draw near yet another wonderful Canadian author is joining us today! Please give a warm welcome to an awesome author and a friend of mine Doug McLeod!

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D. J. M.What would your bio say?

Douglas J. McLeod is an aspiring writer who lives in Ontario, Canada. His first two novels, Scarlet Siege and Barbadian Backlash, are part of a series based on a fictional aging Toronto detective, Gary Celdom’s case journals. He is an avid sports fan, and a confessed addict to a certain Canadian-chain of coffee and bake shops.

 

 When did you start writing and why?

I’ve always had an interest in writing. The proverbial seed was planted back in elementary school when I was giving creative writing assignments. Back then, the mystery/detective genre always appealed to me. I even remember attempting to write a novel in my graduation year of high school; which was the first time I wrote about Detective Gary Celdom. I was inspired by reading a novel from Robert B. Parker’s ‘Spenser’ series. However, as my life changed, my main character went into hibernation until 2009 when participating in National Novel Writing Month gave me the opportunity to resurrect him, but with some modernized tweaks to his backstory.

 

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Unfortunately, I’m a childless, single man. So, the parental query doesn’t really apply to me.

 

Who is your favorite author and why?

Currently, my favourite author is Jeff Lindsay, the author of the ‘Dexter’ series. It appeals to my original love for detective/investigative novels, but his main character is a vigilante with a homicidal streak. For some reason, I feel like I can identify with him because I’m the type of person who, at times, feels like he wants to avenge his friends for when they’ve been hurt or upset. I just don’t resort to actual violence like Dexter does.

 

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?Barbadian_Backlash_Cover_for_Kindle

I want to be able to provide entertaining stories that are both fictional, but with some hints to current events. One of Gary’s sore points is anything that has to do with the current local political landscape. Whether it might be budget cutbacks, or municipal councilors engaging in backroom dealings, I want to have my stories set in the here and now. That way it gives a bit of realism, but still retains a fictional quality.

 

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I’ve gone the self-publishing route for both of my novels. I felt it was easier in the long run because I have heard how difficult it is to be accepted by a publishing house. As a way to make sure my novels get out to the public, I prefer to utilize the self-publishing avenue. That way, I could be able to tell my stories to anyone who might be interested in reading them.

 

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

I have to admit, self-publishing has been quite an adventure. When you decide to “go at it alone”, per se, that’s what you basically are doing. You’re the one who responsible for getting the word out there that you have a story that’s waiting to be read. Fortunately, there are some good self-publishing houses out there that help walk you through the process from submitting your title, all the way to hitting the virtual store shelves. For myself, I opted for Createspace because of their sponsorship of National Novel Writing Month. However, there are others out there that are available. It’s best to look around and see which one is the right fit for you.

 

Tell us about your book (s)

As previously mentioned, my novels are about an aging Toronto detective, Gary Celdom, with 27 years of service. He’s had his share of ups and downs over his long career, and experiences some emotional and psychological drama because of that. The main focal point behind his personal issues stem from the assassination of his fiancée, Karen Prairie, on their wedding day two decades ago by a group of terrorists the two of them took down 25 years ago. Karen makes appearances in the modern day as a spiritual guise for not only the troubled detective, but for his current colleague/girlfriend, Detective Jessica Amerson. The series tackles not only modern-day crimes, as well as, flashbacks to previous cases Gary has worked on, but analyzes the relationship dynamics between his current and previous loves. The series has been described as Chandler blended with Chekhov.

 

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

The detective/mystery genre has appealed to me since grade school. As I stated before, it didn’t really get into full swing until I read a Robert B. Parker ‘Spenser’ novel in my Grade-12 English class. That started to get the ball rolling for me to attempt my first ever novel featuring Gary and Karen. Admittedly, it was rather cheesy, but as I grew older, and started reading more books in the genre, I was able to develop a better sense of the style, and adapt it to suit my main character’s storytelling technique.Scarlet Siege Cover 1

 

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

I like to think Detective Gary Celdom is a likable character with his own share of flaws. Not only is he battling Father Time and his psychological issues, he struggles trying to adhere to proper procedures and protocol. Gary has a history of getting wounded from time-to-time on the occasional investigation, which earns him trips to the hospital to recuperate. However, there are times where he doesn’t go through the proper channels to apprehend the criminals he’s trying to arrest. Because of that, he has also been reprimanded and suspended on at least a couple of occasions; something he has been admonished for by his partner, his superior officer, and the ghostly spirit of his former fiancée. Yet, at the end of the day, he still gets the lowlifes causing havoc in the city behind bars. For that, he is commendable.

 

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

If there is a soundtrack for my novels, they are aligned to the musical trends of the era they’re set in, so basically, modern day Top 40 music. Although, Gary confesses that one of his favourite musicians is a certain Canadian songstress that “is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, but currently calls Vancouver, British Columbia home.”

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Thanks a mill Doug for joining us and taking the time to share your expeiences with us!

You can keep up with Mr. Doug on his blog. His books can be found on Amazon.com and the eBook versions on Amazon.com, kobobooks.com, and Smashwords!

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

Hi All! This is going to be the last snipped from Dragon Twins… if you want to know how it ends you will have to wait for its release in April of 2013.

Back we go to Jade …and Ling?

Enjoy!

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She had asked for a tea to be brought to her in the library and was surprised when Ling himself brought it in to her.

 

“I trust you are well.”

 

“I’m fine. Or at least I will be when you let me out of here.”

 

“I am afraid I can’t do that just yet. However, I hope that you have at least enjoy some part of your day here. My associates have told me that you have spent a great deal of the day in here. I thought you might. That is why I took the liberty of having the latest books by your favorite authors brought in for you to read. Not to mention, that the kitchen has a complete list of everything you enjoy eating. Furthermore, we have the ingredients to make anything you could want, as I hear you have found out.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Is that your question for the conversation? Is that the one you want me to answer?”

 

Jade thought about it for a moment. The answer to that question could clear up a whole bunch of her other questions. That is so long as he answered it properly.

 

“Yes. I want to know why me and why you are treating me so nicely?”

 

“Ahh, my dear. That is a double question. Pick one.”

 

“Why me?”

 

“Why you? Because you are from a very important family.”

 

“My father is a business man. He owns a chain of supermarkets. I wouldn’t call that too important.  I hardly think that -“

 

“Oh but dear I wasn’t exactly talking about THAT family.”

 

“What do you mean THAT family?”

 

“Oh dear. That is another question. I can’t answer that right now. See this is what I meant about the answers. I give you more questions. I had half hoped we would not get to that point for a while yet, but like I said you are a very bright girl.”

 

“You bastard! You are doing this on purpose. You are enjoying it!” she spat at him rising up from her chair to go to the other side of the small room, as far away from him as she possibly could.

 

“I can assure you that I do not like having to keep you here like this but under the circumstances, this is the way things need to be for now. And in the meantime you can either enjoy some of the finer-“

 

Just then the door burst open and one of the other men who had been guarding her came in. He bowed sharply at Ling and the proceeded to speak rapidly in Chinese with him.

 

They were talking so fast that she could barely make out what they were saying. Whatever it was it was not making Ling happy at all. That in itself was enough to make her happy .

 

She sat there trying hard to listen without seeming like she was paying attention while she browsed the book shelves. It was difficult to what they were saying and try to translate it at the same time. They only words she could get clearly out of it were other and boy.

 

They soon finished and the man left the room.  Ling motioned for her to sit back down, that their conversation was going to resume at this point.

 

“I am terribly sorry that you had to see that. It would seem though that we have a problem.”

 

“No you have a problem Ling, my only problem is you. If it is a problem that is going to affect you in an adverse way then it is no problem to me.”

 

“I am sorry that you see things in such a bad light. But I can assure you that the problem of which I speak does in fact concern you as well.”

 

“I really don’t see how. Unless the police are coming to rescue me and you are not finished your ‘conversations’ with me yet. Then I can see how that would present a problem to me, as I surely don’t want to get caught in the cross fire when they bring you down. But aside from that, there is nothing that could concern me otherwise.”

 

“Well I can also tell you that the police are no closer to coming to rescue you than man is to finding the fountain of youth at the moment.”

 

“And I suppose if I ask you what it is that is going to count as another question of mine. I will have to wait my turn on that one as well huh?” Jade stood up and turned her back to him. She did not want to see his smug looking smile anymore.

 

“Oh come now we aren’t going to be a sore looser are we now? I thought we had a deal.”

 

“Yeah well the deal is off. I am not answering anymore of your questions.”

 

“Oh too bad.” Ling said as he rose up and headed towards the doorway.

 

Halfway out the door he stopped and turned back to her.

 

“Too bad because I had so much to tell you about your brother. He was supposed to come here you know, but as it would seem he couldn’t make it.”

 

Brother?

 

What in the hell is he talking about? I don’t have brother. Do I?

 

Q & A with Melanie Torres

Yet another wonderful Canadian lady graces us with her presense in the proverbial hot seat for another Q & A session! Please welcome Melanie Torres! 🙂

melWhat would your bio say?

I am a devoted wife and mother. I happily live with my family in Vancouver BC. The coast of this beautiful province runs deep within my veins and its inspiration flows freely in my blood. I moved from big sky country when I was a child. The freedom and open air of the prairies has taught me to walk amongst the stars and Aurora Borealis. Living by my motto of projecting positive energy into the universe, Light and Love XoX

When did you start writing and why?

I wrote my first novel when I was eight years old. I dreamed of Africa. So I set about in placing my dream into a notebook. Sadly when my family moved to the coast, my notebook was lost. I guess it is safe to say I have always written. I am now, and always will write. As to whether or not it will be published is another question. As for my children’s book. It was something I use to tell my oldest son during bath time, or bed time. I wanted to publish it so he would have something solid to hold onto that was proof of how much I love him.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

I am a mother to three boys under the age of four! Being a parent heavily affects my writing. I do not have a set schedule for writing. If I just plunk myself down and expect to write either I have writers block, or extreme chaos breaks out around me. I am fortunate enough that when something does come to me, be it for a novel I am working on, or one of the children’s books it literally just flows out of me.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I have many favorite authors. I was brought up in a household where reading was encouraged. Diana Gabaldon, Jean M. Auel, Brice Courtenay, Gregory David Roberts, Yann Martel, Anne Rice. I am sure there are hundreds I have forgotten. I love any author that can have you go through a whole range of emotions while being transported into their world they have created.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I hope to share some of the world I can disappear to at a moment’s notice.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I maybe a little naïve with this topic. I have only self-published, because I find the traditional sense to be more than a little intimidating.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

I found an amazing guy who owns a company. I needed an illustrator for my children’s book, he had an illustration plus publishing package, and I took it.

Tell us about your book (s) mel2

Alexander’s Great Adventure is a world that is created out of a preschooler’s imagination, and the adventure he embarks on in the process.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

My family and my love of writing.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

You should absolutely love the main character. He is a preschooler, what’s not to love.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Only one in my sons head.

 

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Thank you so much Melanie for joining us today!

Please feel free to follow Melanie and her writing on her website!

You can pick up your copy of her wonderful childrens book at CreateSpace or Amazon!

OFFICIAL RELEASE! Breaking the Nexus

Its that time folks! Today is the day that Breaking the Nexus is available for sale! 🙂 Congrats once again Lindsay!

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Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

 

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

 

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

A Little bit about Ms. Avalon:

I am a wife, a mother to an adorable mini schnauzer, a programmer, and now an author. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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What are you waiting for folks! Go get your copy today! I already have!

OFFICIAL RELEASE! Dying To Remember

The next installment in The Station series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.

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Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?

She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

 Sneak Peek at whats in store for Piper!

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne.

“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.

“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.

“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.

“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.

I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”

I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.

“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.”

I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.

Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”

“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”

We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

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A little about Ms. Dawson:

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Trish’s Author page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson

Trish’s Author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008CQGASU

Trish’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Trish_Dawson

Trish’s Blog: http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/

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Get your copy today! Right here! What are you waiting for? I already have!

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

NB: Actually this is once again shifted to Tuesday for the Winners announcement from last weeks giveaway! Enjoy!

Stan and Jane…. meet Julian….

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The door opened. The two people who walked in couldn’t have been more opposite to one another. She was a tall thin auburn haired woman in a dark blue pantsuit and he was a short and portly man with jet black in a light gray suit. The only thing that gave them away as being from the police department and not social services was their matching badges clipped to their waistbands.

 

“Julian?” The woman smiled at him. She seemed like she was trying to feel him out. To see if he was going to break down like a child. He wasn’t a child anymore and he would not act like one either.

 

“Hi, I’m Detective Stan Brookshire, and this here is my partner Detective Jane Trinity.” The man said reaching out a hand for him to shake as he dragged a chair from the table in the center of the room and sat himself down in front of him.

 

Julian shook his hand.

 

“Well I have heard that you are a very lucky man to be alive right now.” Detective Brookshire started.

 

“I don’t feel so lucky, so you’ll have to excuse me.”

 

“I know it’s hard when things like this happen. We want to know the reasons why it happened to-“

 

“Spare me alright? I am not a child that needs comforting-got that? What I am is pissed off. Those assholes killed my mom! Why I don’t know and at the moment I don’t even know if it really matters.

 

What matters to me is that they are caught and brought to justice! “Didn’t these two get it, if they were detectives like they say then why weren’t they out trying to find the men who did this to Martha? Instead of talking to me like I’m a sniveling baby

 

A look passed between them, the type that said that she had tried. Why were they here in the first place? The other officers had already questioned me five separate times. How many more times would i have to tell the same story?

 

“Alright big guy, don’t get all up in a snot. As I can see from your disposition at the moment you are a hair’s breath away from going out to find these jerks yourself. That close enough to what you are feeling right now?”

 

Julian eyed the man for a moment and then nodded.

 

“Thought so, because if that was me sitting there that would be exactly what I would be thinking of doing. I know how you feel son about wanting to serve justice to those who deserve it. It is the reason I grew up to be a cop in the first place.

 

For the moment though-until you get through all of that schooling and the academy of course-you are going to have sit back and let us do our job and get these bastards for you. And you have my word, that if you cooperate I will personally make sure that they are brought to justice for you. Is that fair enough for you?”

 

Julian was starting to like this detective, he didn’t pull any punches. Maybe he could trust him. For now anyways. He nodded again.

 

“Alright then. Now that we have a deal. I want you to apologize to my partner here, she was only trying to be nice, not stepping on your manhood.”

 

Julian sat there for a moment, who the hell did this guy think he was? But he found himself mumbling an apology anyway.

 

“There that wasn’t so hard now was that?

 

“No.”

 

“So let’s get down to business shall we? You want me out there catching these people, and I want to see them caught, so I need to get out there with as much information as possible. Otherwise I won’t be able to do squat even if I do find them. So what I need from you is for you to go over what exactly happened last night, I need every detail.”

 

“But I already told them everything I know. I don’t understand why I have to keep going over everything again and again. It’s a waste of time!”

 

“Hang on a second. Did you ever stop to think why we might be doing it? Every person who asked you what happened asked you in a different way. Every time you talked about it you told you story a little differently.”

 

“So basically you want to see if I am lying?” Julian looked at him and then at the woman who sat there with her notebook open and pen poised to take notes on whatever it was that he was going to tell them.

 

“No. See here’s the funny thing about the human brain. When a traumatic event happens our brain tends to want to block out as much of it as possible. It is called a defense mechanism. It happens to everyone.

 

The point is, is that when different people ask you the same thing over and over again we are able to get a broader picture of what happened. We get more details. I have already read the report that the other officers took.

 

That is what took me so long to get in here in the first place. Now I want to hear it all from you first hand. I want to hear everything you can remember. I want to know as much about you as I can too.”

 

“Why about me? What does that have to do with anything?”

 

“Well, you see, I have another-“

 

“Stan!” Jane whispered, “You cant tell him about that!”

 

“Jane the boy needs to know; maybe he can lead us to the connection, and maybe who is behind this all.”

 

Julian looked at the two of them locked in a staring competition.

 

“Another what? What’s going on?”

 

Jane threw up her hands and stood up and went over to the counter in the other end of the room to make herself a coffee.

 

“”See the reason my partner is mad at me at the moment is because she doesn’t think that I should be telling you what I am about to tell you. But I think that you are man enough to keep you mouth zipped and I figure you might be able to tell me something that will make a difference. So can you do it?”

 

“Do what?”

 

“Keep your mouth shut?” The man looked at him with his eye brow raised.

 

“Yeah, who would I tell anyway? My mom is gone now, and there is only my best friend Larry, that I talk to about important shit. And I don’t think he would believe me even if I told him so no I won’t be saying anything to anyone.”

 

“Alright, here is the deal.  We are working on a case that happened last night as well under the very same circumstances as yours. Only this happened to the daughter of a prominent Chinese family and she is now missing. I find it very hard to believe that these two cases are not related in any way. What I need from you is to start at the beginning and work from there.”

 

Julian thought about it for a moment, and then his mind suddenly remembered something he had forgotten to tell the other officers who had questioned him.

Something about another case had triggered his memory of it.

 

The email.

 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Hi Everyone!

It was a HUGE turn out for the giveaway of my Joel Mark Harris’ book A Thousand Bayonets.

The winners are (in no particular order);

Sandra Poste
Scott Baggio
Wendy Sommerville
Glynis Smy
Barbra Zwicker
Cat Alley
Robert Zimmermann
Thomas Rydder
Carl Purdon
Ella Medler
Grinelda Markowitz
Tara S. Wood
Trish Marie Dawson
Holly Michael
Amanda Fasken

Now dispite the fact that I held off an extra week to get us to twenty winners I am still in need of FIVE more! So that being said the FIRST five people to comment on this post will also win a copy of Joel Mark Harris’ A Thousand Bayonets.

Thank you everyone!

If the winners could please contact me at acosgrove34 (at) gmail (dot) com with their mailing addresses so that we can get your copies out to you as soon as possible!

Q & A with Tabitha Wells

This week I have another Canadian gracing my blog! Shes a budding freelance writer and a long standing member of the Toronto NaNo writing community!

What would your bio say?

Gosh, that’s a hard question. But here goes…

“Born and raised in a small town just north of Toronto, Tabitha has been a writer for most of her life. At the age of 9 she wrote her first novel during her spare time at school. She is a strong advocate for young women’s rights, a Christian and is an avid geek. Currently, she still resides in her hometown with her husband, and freelances regularly for local papers and magazines.”

 When did you start writing and why?

As far back as I can remember really. I can recall begging my parents for a diary when I was 5 or 6, and scribbling poems and random ‘stories’ down into it. I still have that diary, and have often surprised myself at how descriptive those passages were. Not meaning that as a bragging point, but more as an identification of the passion that I had before I even knew what it was. I wrote my first novel when I was 9. My grade 5 teacher had one of those old laptops that could only function as a word processor and had no saving capabilities (though at the time, that was considered fairly new… eek! Now I’m dating myself..). Why I started writing? I’m not 100% sure. It was as natural to me as breathing. I was captivated by stories and the different worlds each story would create. I had started reading novels by the 2nd grade, which is when I would say the itch to write more than poems and diary entries began. So I guess I would have to say I started writing because it was natural and I had an obsession with the written word.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Not a parent yet. 🙂

Who is your favorite author and why?

Ted Dekker. He’s a Christian Fantasy/Thriller author, and could easily be considered the man who really brought those genres to light. He’s a fascinating writer, but what I love the most is that unlike the vast majority of Christian novels, which are all fluffy and feel-good and skirt the real issues in life, his books are dark, they’re terrifying, and have often been called quite controversial. He’s raw, he’s real, and he adds a sense of authenticity to Christian novels that generally lacks. More than that, he’s the inspiration behind my finally taking the dive into Christian Fantasy.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

Well, with some of it, I hope to change lives. I really want to get involved in young women’s ministry and rights, and raise awareness, especially within the Christian communities for depression disorders and illnesses and what it really means. The stigma about mental illness in a lot of churches is even worse than what it can be in society, and I think that people need to understand it if those who have them are to have a better support system.

With my fiction writing, I just hope to write something that engages my readers and brings them joy. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a good book and losing myself in it for hours – I want to be able to provide that same thing for others.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Not sure yet. I think traditional, just because then I don’t have to stress about making sure sales happen and all of that, but we’ll see. I haven’t spent much time looking into either yet as I still have to complete a novel and get it publishing ready.

Tell us about your book (s)

Oh goodness, there’s so many! I suppose, the main three that I’m focusing on right now would be best. The first is a non-fiction book geared towards young Christian women. Basically about being a Christian and a woman in today’s day and age, and tackling a lot of issues that the church tends to avoid. The second is a novel about young adults facing the quarter-life crisis. That one is a fictional novel that follows the main character and some of her friends as they tackle the issues surrounding the crisis including the lack of jobs and the seemingly unending pit of financial difficulties, career failings and useless education that is affecting so many of us in our twenties. The third is a project I am working on for NaNoWriMo, inspired by an article I’m writing for my local paper. It’s about the British Homechildren, and their stories. I’ll be writing about 4 children, fictional, but based off some of the stories I’ve heard and read about, and their experiences as Homechildren in Dufferin County. It’s heartbreaking that so many people don’t know about them, and I hope to join the movement to raise awareness about an integral part of our country’s history.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

With the Christian one, well, a lot of my own experiences growing up in the church, and my struggles with my faith. There was so much I was unprepared for, and my faith was shaken because of it. The sad fact is that many young adults and teens lose their faith not because of a lack of belief, but because of this idea that they will never be good enough because they have struggles with things that the church won’t talk about, and thus leaves them feeling bad about. The quarter-life crisis because myself and so many others are in that. Stuck in a place where we can’t get a job because we don’t have experience, and can’t get experience because we don’t have a job. Our educations are not helping, and the cost of living keeps increasing as jobs become fewer. The intent of the book is to be relatable, but also to end on a hopeful note that we will break out of this. And the Homechildren, as I said above, I believe awareness needs to be raised, because they are such a huge part of our history as a province, and so few know about them.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

Love them, because they are relatable and they are real. No fluff. Completely the real deal. In the Homechild one, possibly hate them, not because you really hate them, but because of how heartbreaking the stories really are.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Not yet, but I usually develop a soundtrack of sorts in the way of a playlist as I’m writing. Tends to be songs that inspire me or that really make me feel as if I am in the mood of those characters.

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Thanks so much Tabs for coming out and sharing a little bit of your world with us! 🙂

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