Book Review – Sea Cliff by Mary Deal

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff by Mary Deal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sea Cliff is the story of child abuse survivor Rachel Connor. Rachel is also an author working on a new book. The story she is writing revolves around a female character who shares many of Rachel’s history including abuse and emotional scars. Without having had a personal experience with men and relationships, her male character is based on a man she regularly sees at the park where she like to spend her time writing. The problem is, this man, Matthew, has noticed Rachel, and she feels as though he is hitting on her. Something Rachel is not comfortable with.

As the weeks and months go by, Rachel and Matthew become more than just acquaintances, but can their relationship withstand Rachel’s past? Will Rachel’s novel become the success she hopes for and will it help heal her scars?

Sea Cliff is a well written and touching story with some interesting turns, and I wasn’t always sure where the story was going.

I do have to say I couldn’t get stuck into this book as I have with other stories by this author. It is a good story and the pace was fine, but there were times where it didn’t hold my attention. And yet other times I wanted to find out what happened next.

In any case, if you do like a nice story with a happy ending this is a good read.




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Author Interview – David Melville Edwards

This week’s interview is with author David Melville Edwards.

I hope you enjoy reading a little about David’s writing habits and personal life.

Thank you, David, for being my guest this week.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

“Biggles Learns To Fly”, by Captain W.E. Johns. Aged 8 or 9, I had already read several exciting “Biggles” adventures, but this had a different feel. Seemingly drawn directly from the author’s life experience, it was more intense, more personal and ultimately more moving. For me, it was an early demonstration of the power of authenticity.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

When I was about 14 years old.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

In English, Jane Austin. Her writing is so good. In translation, Mikhail Bulgakov, ‘The Master and Margarita’, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez ‘100 Years of Solitude’. They manage to make absurd fantasies authentic, and this is what I strive to do in my own work (not that I’m aiming high or anything).

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing about writing?

My favourite thing is reading back the complete work, and finding that I’ve written something that I at least enjoy reading! My least favourite thing is the time it takes.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

Ultimately, from the paradoxes and absurdities inherent in human existence. Things I’ve seen, done or heard of. I imagine different characters faced with these situations, and when I play their interactions forward and backwards in time, I have a story arc. I write first and foremost to amuse myself, so I self-consciously play with the form. ‘The Spirit of the Age’ is a fantasy, so it ought to have a great battle, and I provide one. But my battle is actually a cricket match. Charles Dickens has his famous ‘London Fog’ metaphor for the Court of Chancery, so I have a description of ‘Multi-cultural Hounslow’. Most sex scenes I read are risible and/or contribute nothing to the narrative, so I aim to make mine authentic and relevant. If JRR Tolkien can inflict Tom Bombadil’s execrable verse on readers of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, I feel perfectly entitled to embed some of mine. And so on.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I sing in a choir? I’m no Bryn Terfel, though.

7. If you could jump inside a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Some futuristic space fantasy? I never aspired to be an astronaut, but who wouldn’t love to whizz across the universe at the speed of light or look down on planets in our solar system.

8. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

They are completely made up (hey, one of my characters is some kind of mermaid!). But of course, they share attributes with people I’ve known, and in some cases their physical descriptions might be recognisable.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

No.

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

I wanted a title that I could develop into a series, and which would give scope for sequels. With ‘The Spirit Novels’ I have follow-up options like “That’s the Spirit” or “The Spirit is Willing”. But that is a rationalisation after the fact for my choice of “The Spirit of the Age”. Every year, it seems, a novel comes out of nowhere and transcends genre to become a mega-best-seller. Think EL James “50 Shades of Grey” or Paula Hawkins “Girl on a Train“. They may not be “The Best” books of their years, but they somehow capture the Zeitgeist, “The Spirit of the Age”. So there was my title …

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

A sequel to ‘The Spirit of the Age’. Unfortunately, I have set it against the background of “Brexit”, so I have no idea how it is going to finish.

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

No 😦

A Little More Personal

13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

Become a fêted and successful novelist!

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

I went to a University attended by eight times as many men as women. Shortly after I started, I received a ‘Dear John’ letter from my girl-friend, so craving female company I gate-crashed a Guy Fawkes bonfire and fireworks display at an all-female college. I boldly parked my bicycle in the college bike-shed, then circled through trees around the field where the display was to take place before quietly emerging to mingle.

It was a chilly November evening in the Northern Hemisphere, with clear skies, bright stars and glittering frost on the grass and the evergreen bushes, so we all pushed up on the safety barrier rope to maximise the warming effects of the bonfire.

Whilst the fireworks, mostly fountains of gold, were pretty rather than spectacular they were nevertheless worthy of remark, and I found myself striking up a conversation with the girl who happened to be next to me. And really enjoying her company. I think she may have felt the same, since she asked me who had invited me. And I was in a bind.

I thought for a moment about naming an acquaintance, but I hate lying, and since it would have been a lie that might easily have been exposed as such, thus ending any hopes I might have entertained, I told the truth.

She was outraged. “Why?” she asked.

“Because”, I mumbled.

“WHY?”, she insisted.

I wretchedly trotted out the “Eight times as many men as women” statistic, and the shutters came down.

She morphed from friendly fellow soul to ‘US Marshall Escorting a Dangerous Prisoner’, and whilst she stayed by my side for the rest of the evening, even allowing me to accompany her with a group of fellow students to a room to listen to records, nothing I said or did after that made any impression on her. She declined my invitation to go on a date, and I never spoke to her again.

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

These are themes I address in my WIP. People are used to the idea that actions have consequences. However, at the atomic scale Quantum Mechanics suggests that this is not the case. Outcomes are governed by probabilities, it’s possible for particles to be in multiple states simultaneously (the basis for ‘Quantum Computing’) there is ‘Wave-Particle Duality’ and the same starting conditions can give rise to a multitude of outcomes. It has even been suggested that the universe splits at every possible outcome (this is called the ‘Multi-World’ theory).

At the other end of the scale, there is Chaos Theory and the ‘Butterfly Effect’, when a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system results in large differences in a later state.

Whilst the mathematics in both cases are sound, in my book I argue that these notions of causality are flawed. Most physical laws are symmetrical under time reversal; we infer the direction of time’s arrow from the way that entropy increases. Thus you know that a film showing toothpaste leaping off a brush back into the tube is being played in reverse.

Now it happens that the Quantum Theory of the Electron requires that to understand the current state you have to take account of electrons that travel back in time as well as those that travel forwards. So in my book I argue that rather than the universe spawning gazillions of times every picosecond (an unnecessarily profligate doling out of universes, it seems to me), or butterflies flapping their wings in Africa causing hurricanes in Florida, these are occasions when the actual future dominates the determination of the sequence of eventsrather than the sequence of events simply being determined by what has happened in the past. That being the case, if one could identify an event whose primary cause lies in the future, you might infer what that future might be, thus providing a mechanism for premonition.

And so, I finally reach my answer to the question, have I ever experienced something weird I couldn’t explain? Yes. I reversed my car into a bollard, and cracked the plastic bumper (fender for any Americans reading this). Whilst I would ordinarily have felt quite irked by such a turn of events, I found myself unnaturally calm. Then, a couple of days later, an idiot proceeding down my quiet one-way street hit the accelerator rather than the brake pedal, smashed into my parked car, and turned it into an insurance write-off.

So, did the accident that was about to destroy my vehicle cause my blasé reaction to my self-inflicted fender-bender?

16. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

Some kind of crunchy insect snack, maybe a locust, billed as a ‘Terrestrial Prawn’, or some such. I don’t think this is an idea whose time has yet come.

17. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

A village called Landéda on the coast of Brittany in Western France. The sea air is famous for its health-giving properties, and as soon as I arrive, I can feel all the cares of the world falling away.

18. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

My ‘Just William’ moment; crashing down a hillside in a go-cart a friend and I had made ourselves from pram wheels we had found dumped in the countryside together with wood and nails we looted from a building site and design advice from my favourite grandfather.

My friend Simon was steering, whilst I was sitting behind him operating a brake that consisted of a timber baulk nailed to the frame that could be pivoted against one of the back wheels. As the go-cart picked up speed on the steep slope, I tried to apply the brake. It came off in my hand, and I fell off the back. Simon continued down the hill picking up further speed until the go-cart hit the bank at the bottom of the hill before the road, and disintegrated. Simon emerged unscathed from the wreckage, and we just laughed and laughed.

19. What makes you happy?

Making merry with family and friends.

20. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

I’m an IT Professional, so I’m doing something with computers, computer systems or computer networks.

21. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

The first female UK Minister of Defence, Penny Mordaunt, is my first cousin. I’ve known her since she and her twin brother James were lying on a blanket in our grand-parents’ back garden, unable yet to crawl.

David’s Links:

Book buying link would be: http://mybook.to/TheSpiritOfTheAge

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidMelEdwards

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpiritNovels

Author Interview – Laura Diaz de Arce

Author Laura Diaz de Arce joins me on Author Interviews this week.

I hope you enjoy learning a little about Laura’s journey as an author.

Thank you for being my guest, Laura!

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

The first book that pops up is probably The Voyage of the Basset by James C. Christensen which I think I received in first to second grade. I think that was the first challenging book I read, but it helped that it had these gorgeous pictures and mythologies throughout it. I think I liked the fantastic nature of it all, the way the text played with the illustrations, the side notations, it pushed what I thought books could be. Plus, I loved myths and I loved how the mythological creatures were humanized. I think I just loved the breadth of fantasy that was presented.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I don’t know that I never didn’t want to write. I used to write short stories for fun as a child and up through adolescence. But I think, when you grow up a bit poor and you’re an academically inclined kid, writing isn’t a supported track because it isn’t guaranteed money. I knew I wanted it to eventually be a full-time career, but I also realized that is not necessarily something available. But no matter what, I wanted writing to be a part of my life, I can’t have it not be.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

I’m lucky enough to have a lot of fabulous contemporaries and to be surrounded by fabulous writers like Priya Sridhar, Brandon Chinn, Enrique Bedlam, and Matilda Reyes. I also love work by Jacqueline Carey (who I got to interview![1]), James Triptree Jr., and Katherine Arden. I deeply love the surreal and poetic prose of Monique Quintana, Rios de la Luz, and Leza Cantoral. Then I also have authors I love for the fun of reading, like Cathy Yardley. It’s hard to say favorites, I tend to gorge on an author’s work and move on, or even if I don’t like a particular piece, I find myself admiring the craft of it.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing about writing?

The absolute best thing is that little “zing” feeling you get when you’ve got an idea or a little bit of inspiration. The whole thing can be a bit of a buzz when you’re writing and in problem-solving mode.

The worst, for me, is the physical act. I have arthritis, and in a sort of irony, hand writing is largely painful, and while typing is mostly fine, afterwards I’ll be physically sore and in pain for a while. I’m not a person that’s good at dictating, but I will have to get to that point soon.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

There are certain themes and motifs that are reoccurring for me and I tend to find new ways to express them. Environmentalism and environmental degradation are big ones. Different feminisms will inevitably make their way in, as will mental illness and mental health in some form. I tend to like using transformation, animals, and consumption as ways to express interaction and power-struggles. As for the ideas, they come if you let them. Reading helps a lot, because it can create a conversation between one writer and another. But also, actually going places and doing things can spark a new idea. I also enjoy a prompt to kickstart things, or certain calls for stories can provide a challenge that can lead to useable ideas. The creativity is just there, if you let it be.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I’m not an expert in anything else, really. Before the arthritis worsened, I liked to make costumes and cosplay. I’m pretty good with makeup and hair, and I sing a bit, although my ability to use my whole register needs work. I’m a pretty good cook though, but it’s because I like to eat.

7. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

Sometimes they resemble people, but it is never a good thing for the person being portrayed. There is a whole history of artists being vengeful and petty: Michelangelo painted a Cardinal who was criticizing his work as King Midas having his penis bitten off. Lewis Carroll turned John Ruskin into a whinging lizard. Hell, Gwen Stefani wrote Hollaback Girl about Courtney Love. I have no problem partaking in this history.

8. How do you come up with titles for your books?

Monstrosity came about because I noticed I was making a bunch of stories that centered on being some sort of monster, human or otherwise. I also liked it because it is a bit evocative, because to be a monstrosity is to be so grandiose, so grotesque, it can be considered inhuman. I wanted to play with that, to push that, and to say there is no such thing when we all have monstrous qualities. We both are and make the monster.

9. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

Well, I’ve got a good number of stories building for a second collection. Plus, two fantasy romance novels at like, 60% completion. I tend to bounce around. When those aren’t enough, I have 2 science fiction books at different stages of development, one that is riskier and more experimental, and another I would describe as “vampires and witches in space”.

Laura’s Links

twitter.com/@quetaauthor

instagram.com/quetaauthor

Book Link http://mybook.to/Monstrosity

[1]https://bookriot.com/2018/07/11/jacqueline-carey-interview/

Playing in the Rain – Now on Audible

I received some exciting news on Friday from my publisher. Playing in the Rain is now live on Audible and the audio version will soon be availalbe for download from Amazon and iTunes.

If you are interested in listening to Book 1 of the Escape Series, I have FREE promo codes for Audible US and Audible UK. Send me a message, and I will send you a promo code.

Author Interview – Cynthia Morgan

My guest this week is Cynthia Morgan.

Cynthia is the author of the award winning YA Fantasy Dark Fey trilogy.

I hope you enjoy reading a little about my guest this week.

Thank you, Cynthia!

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

One of the first books to really open my eyes to what was possible is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. We studied it in 9th grade and I was immediately enamored by all the imagery, underlying themes, and the powerful use of symbolism. It became the ‘bar’ at which I set my own writing and the standard I still aspire to.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I began writing full blown stories as early as 5th grade, when I was just 10, so I guess I was born a writer, but until 2014 I had no idea how to take the step from hobbyist to published author. It was only when a friend took an invested interest in my story Dark Fey and helped me figure out how to turn my manuscript into a Kindle Direct Publishing-ready document that I could realize the dream. She even went so far as to hold a publishing party for me with my closest friends and family. (Thanks Jena!)

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

I have always loved classical literature because of its beautiful use of the English language and the complexity of it’s writers. Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Poe, and of course Shakespeare are my ‘go-to’ authors.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing about writing?

I truly love spending an entire day immersed in the words, landscapes, conflicts, passions and quagmires of my stories and characters. I once spent 14 hours writing…and it was blissful! My least favourite thing is that I rarely ever get a chance to do the aforementioned.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

Varying sources, but always something that stirs the heart and mind equally.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

Words have always been my forte, but behind the words is a sensitivity that allows me to relate very closely with animals. My friends call me the Cat-Whisperer because I seem to relate to and understand cats better than many. I have always had a deep love for animals and nature.

7. If you could jump inside a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Fall of the Malazan Empire by Steven Erikson. So many unique creatures, characters, and settings, it’s engrossing…..when I have time to listen to it.

8. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

Often, they are initially similar to someone I know, or am aware of if I don’t know them personally, but usually they take on their own personalities as I write. It’s rather like when you meet someone for the first time. You might often think, “Oh, they remind me of so and so”, but then as you get to know them, you realize they are their own person with their own quirky qualities, intriguing traits, and sometimes, annoying habits.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

I haven’t had that happen…yet.

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

I don’t usually spend a great deal of time stressing over the title. I allow it to come, just like the story, on its own time. I’ve been writing a story for well over 20 years (a Regency period romance drama) and only with the last two years finally decided on a title.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

My current WIP is a Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Romance. It tells the story of life after the first 3 Horsemen, Pestilence, War and Famine, have ridden. In the 4th Era after the Great Cataclysm, (roughly 400 years in the future) the final horseman, Death, is caged and waiting on the Archangel of Mercy to release him. Tzadkiel has been sent to earth in human form to find one human who still understands Mercy. He has been given 100 years, after which Death must be released. With only 4 years remaining, he finds her; a servant named Lourdes, but they must escape the harsh dictatorship of the Eminent Protectorate and find a place of sanctuary before the appointed hundred years are spent and Death is freed from the abyss.

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

Yes, I have and I am truly honoured and still very excited. Dark Fey has received an Amazon #1 Best Seller award, two separate Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Reviews, the 2016 New Apple Excellence in Independent Publishing Award, the 2017 Golden Box Books Publishing Reader’s Choice Award & Judges Choice Award, an award from Fresh Lifestyle Magazine 2017 Book Awards and the Authors Data Base 2018 Book Cover Contest Gold Medal.

A Little More Personal

13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

I’d love to visit Great Britain. Not just for a week or two, but for a few months, roaming the untraveled byways and meandering the foothills and highlands, savoring the lush greens and enwrapping mists, visiting the places NOT found on all the tourist maps.

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

I love to laugh, so there are many, but I’ve written about a great one that was both funny and slightly embarrassing, on my blog called A Splendid Giggle, if you care to enjoy it (Link: https://booknvolume.com/2014/02/21/a-splendid-giggle-2/ )

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

I believe in the realm of spirits, the paranormal, the beyond…whatever you choose to call it, partially because I’ve experienced several unexplainable events. I used to work in one of the Caesars resorts, and believe it or not, it was haunted. I don’t say that simply because of what I experienced, but also because of the many comments guests would leave via comment cards about ‘the ghost’. I’ve actually seen this ghost. She chose to show herself to me as a bright white apparition that scared me witless, but I remember enough to be able to say it was a woman, wearing what looked like a nurse’s uniform, or a white skirt and sweater and some form of hat. She was there and gone in an instant. Maybe I scared her by reacting with the scream that I couldn’t contain, but she made herself known in other ways, though she never chose to reappear. Pictures that had no reason to fall, fell from walls; lights would go on that I had just turned off; doors would open that I had just closed. She scared me, I’ll be honest, but I will never forget her, and perhaps that’s the immortality she needed.

16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

I am spiritual, but not superstitious. Some may say it’s the same thing, but I would disagree. However, that’s an entirely separate article so I won’t digress.

17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

Nothing terribly odd. I’ve had escargot, I’ve eaten ostrich steaks, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed beluga caviar.

18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

I love Cape May New Jersey. OH such a lovely, restful, charming, place; that draws you in like a melodic tune and captures your heart before it’s done playing. Quiet Seashore, Balmy Breezes, Beautiful Victorian Homes, Guest Houses, Inns, Bed & Breakfasts, Fine Dining, Casual Street-side Cafés, Quaint Shoppes, Artisan Galleries, Horse-Drawn Carriages, a Lighthouse, a Pebble Beach, a Winery, a Playhouse, Music, Wine and Art Festivals, Afternoon Teas, Leisurely Bike Rides, Long Quiet Walks, Sea Glass Hunting, and no loud, boisterous Boardwalk or commercial hotels, all delivered with quiet, delicious, Victorian Flair. AAahhhh!

19. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

I don’t honestly have just one. I am truly Blessed to have had a wonderful childhood with two loving nurturing parents and a sister who, when we were having a sisterly spat, was and still is my best friend forever. I have many fond memories of camping trips and campfires, days at the pool or working in the yard, spending evenings with my father in his garden, or standing beside my mother watching her cook. Yes, Truly, I am Blessed and Thankful.

20. What makes you happy?

Simple things mostly. My Beloved, my family, time spent with friends, my sweet kitty Orangie Pooz, gazing up at the stars, listening to birdsong, sitting quietly by a lake while the breeze sings sweetly, walking along the ocean shore, helping a stray cat or dog, laughing, being present, loving.

21. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Usually doing one of the aforementioned above 😊

22. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

Strangely enough, I’ve met Alan Jackson, Michael W. Smith, and (frighteningly) Marilyn Manson. I’ve also had supper sitting at a table right next to Clint Eastwood.

Bio & Links

Cynthia A. Morgan is an award-winning author; columnist for the national magazine Fresh LifeStyle, and a member of the Poetry Society of America and Artists for Peace. Creator of the mythical realm of Jyndari and author of the epic fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, Morgan’s powerful story relates how the power of hope, acceptance and forgiveness can change the world, when positive action is taken to create change. The only way to achieve peace is to become peace.

Morgan is also the author of the popular blog Booknvolume where over 18K followers can explore Morgan’s own brand of poetry and English Sonnets, musings about life, personal recipes, photography, book reviews and more.

Upcoming projects include a fictional drama in Regency Period England; a foray into the lives of a young housemaid and an immortal archangel in French post-Armageddon earth; a non-fiction exploration of the supernatural/paranormal and beliefs around the world; and a return to the realms of Dark Fey in a prequel/sequel. Some of her other interests includes a deep love for animals and the environment. She is passionate about music and theatre; is frequently heard laughing; and finds the mysteries of ancient times, spirituality, and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the cosmos intriguing. Morgan believes in the power of love, hope and forgiveness, all of which is reflected in her lyrically elegant writing style.

You can find Morgan through social media in the following places:

The Dark Fey Trilogy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CFD9CG

Blog / website: www.booknvolume.com

All Things Dark Fey Website: https://allthingsdarkfey.wixsite.com/feyandmusings

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/CAMorganAuthor

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MorganBC728

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/booknvolume

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/creativiapub/author-board-cynthia-a-morgan/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14174277.Cynthia_A_Morgan

Publisher’s Author Page : https://www.creativia.org/cynthia-morgan-fantasy-author.html

Author Interview – Eve Gaal

I am happy to have Author Eve Gaal as my guest this week on Author Interviews.

Eve started her writing career at an early age. By the time she was twelve, she was sending some of her writing to publishers

Thank you, Eve, for sharing about your writing and some of your personal life with us.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. I still have it here in my office. With adorable illustrations and simple language, it spells out what every creative person wants to know: how to make our dreams come true! 2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I was around seven years old. I wrote a few handwritten books and dabbled in childlike poetry.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

There are too many to count. If I want romance, I will turn to Nicolas Sparks. If I want to laugh, I turn to Carl Hiaasen. If I want the classics, I’ll grab Dumas. If I want to read on an airplane, I’ll buy another Danielle Steele in the duty-free shop. If I want adventure, I’ll chose a new Indie writer and hope they can take me on an unexpected journey—I’m thinking of Arch Font, Suzanne Saunders, Norma Beishir, Mari Collier and Barbara Roman for example.

Last month, I came across Garth Stein and The Art of Racing in the Rain and I’m sorry, but that book is great! I’m happy to hear it will soon be a movie. Sheesh, Emily Bronte, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Paul Coelho, E. B. White, Yann Martel, Hans Christian Andersen. Oh, my goodness, I could go on and on. I love reading!

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing about writing?

I like coming up with the idea. The execution of the idea is the hard part.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

They are toppling out of somewhere mysterious as soon as my head lands on the pillow!

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

Some people like the way I sing. My husband enjoys my cooking and baking. I also like to crochet, but that involves patience rather than talent. LOL

7. If you could jump inside a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

I’d jump into Gone with the Wind and try to communicate with Scarlett!

8. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

I have two books about a lady called Penny who is a conglomeration of graphic artists I’ve known in my life. I have another book about a girl called Christina and I have to admit it’s a bit autobiographical, but it’s a faith-based fantasy. That book is called, The Fifth Commandment.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

Yes. I know someone who is an artist and I met her recently. Every time I see her, I think of Penny. I asked her to be my front cover model but our publisher didn’t see her as a perfect fit, which was okay, because the picture on my cover is beautiful too.

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

They come to me in a flash. I wouldn’t dare change them.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

Right now, I’m editing The Happy War. It’s a romance between two people who want to bring peace to the world. Though they have good intentions, they are using immoral and unethical means to try and obtain the results.

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

I haven’t entered any contests for my novels but one of my poems placed third in an anthology once.

Little More Personal

13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

Enter one of those contests and win an award?

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

It was a dark and stormy morning and I had to go to a meeting at least an hour from my house, which meant I had to wake up extra early. I wore a nice suit, panty hose and though I can’t remember, probably a scarf. Anyway, when I sat down in the meeting, I noticed that I had on a blue leather pump and a brown leather pump. Needless to say, my feet were tucked under the chair the entire time.

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain? Story of my life—yes–many things—but all good things.

16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

Black cats freak me out. A friend and I were talking in the car outside my home when a black cat crossed in front of us. She said she wasn’t superstitious. An hour later her husband was admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. He’s fine now, but that cat is guilty!!

17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

A client once made me eat an escargot. I didn’t die.

18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

Not really, because home has the best bed, the best food, the cleanest pool and the cutest little dogs.

19. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

At age 15, I was selected as the lead in a school musical. Considering I was shy up to that point, it still is surprising and memorable.

20. What makes you happy?

Reading and walking my dogs.

21. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Crocheting hats for chemo patients, walking my chihuahuas, cooking, cleaning, baking or swimming. I guess I’m also doing marketing for my books and our upcoming play.

22. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

I met Robert Mitchum at a chili cookoff. I also met Peter Falk and Zsa Zsa Gabor at book signings.

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Book Review – On My Way to You

On My Way To You: Large Print Edition

On My Way To You: Large Print Edition by Ronald Bagliere

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Michelle and her best friend, Cam, leave Cornwall, Ontario and head to Nepal. It is Cam’s idea that they hike the Himalayas in memory of Michelle’s husband, Adam, who died in a car accident two years earlier.

John Patterson, still bitter from the accident on Everest that left him an amputee, struggles with his future as a hiking guide. Before the accident that took his leg, he was one of the best on the climbing circuit.

I was excited to learn about this book as I truly enjoyed The Lion of Khum Jung. While this story is not a continuation, it does have some of the same wonderful characters.

Ronald Bagliere weaves a great fictional tale amongst real-life tragedies on and around Everest. His characters are believable with many layers and the story is well-written.

I enjoyed this first book of the Hearts of Nepal series and look forward to reading the next one.



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