Is art imitating life? Or is it the other way around?

I started writing this book some time ago – so imagine my surprise when a real-life event in Peace Riverlooked like it could have been ripped from the pages of my novel! See for yourself and try and guess how this news story might fit in with my upcoming release, Evil on the Peace River:

http://www.prrecordgazette.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3032423&archive=true

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Imagination running a little too wild!

People often say that writers – especially fiction writers – really are a different breed of person. I got to thinking about that lately when someone asked me about the inspiration for my latest book. One of the things that I think does set us apart is the way we try and create backstories for everyone and everything we see.

Writers are notorious people watchers. Why? Because when we see someone interesting on the street we instantly go about creating whole imaginary worlds to surround that person. This specifically helped me in creating some of my recent characters who, from the outset, have been on the wrong side of the law.

It came to me when passing a correctional facility one day – I just started asking myself exactly who might be in there. And, more importantly, what might those prisoners have done to land themselves in there? Before I knew it, I had created a whole dark background for these characters that sometimes even scared me!

Only a little longer to wait before you’ll get the chance to see what creepy characters I created!

I’ve got my books to keep me warm!

This year we’ve certainly been hit with some of the harshest winter weather possible. And I’m sure many of you like to take advantage of those ‘snow days’ by curling up with a good book. So while we wait for the release of my newest book, why not sink yourself into some of my other novels?

 While I’ve been focusing a lot on writing for an adult audience the past couple of years, I still love writing for younger audiences and look forward to returning there again. So in the meantime, I hope you’ll consider getting your young readers to add Wolf Spirit: The Story of Moon Beam to their reading list, a book described by reviewers as a “captivating novel…definitely worth reading and re-reading.”

Peace River’s not always so peaceful

The name “Peace River” conjures up images of solitude and calm. But life inPeace Riveris often more not quite that peaceful. The area has had its share of excitement and not-so-peaceful activities – enough to inspire me to explore the darker side of life in the area. One of the things I’ve come across in preparing for my up-coming release is the sheer number of spooky ghost mysteries associated with the region.

I came across a few interesting mentions of spookiness inPeace River. For example, the St. James Anglican Church is thought to be haunted by Pat Wesley, a resident of the town who died of smallpox in 1910. Several people have reported unexplained movements in the deanery. But my personal favourite is that the Peace River Record-Gazette is rumoured to have a ghost walking its halls. Apparently phantom typewriter noises are heard at night as a phantom journalist works into the night to hit an unknown deadline. With stories like these, I couldn’t help but be inspired to edge towards creating a gloomier literary atmosphere!