It’s been a while… but I’ve been busy writing, reading ( second nature to me), and working on my historical fiction blog–besides gardening, camping and making batches of soap. I certainly don’t want to lose precious readers like you. Come and visit me at my new blog. It’s mostly reviews for now, but I plan to do interviews, and anything to do with historical fiction — my pet reading genre.
Come on over at storiesthatcamebeforeus.blogspot.ca
I’d love to see your comments.
My son steps into my office on his way to the fridge—his favourite electrical appliance—and looks at me slouched, as always, in front of my computer. It’s where he usually finds me before he leaves for work in the morning, or when he stumbles home late at night, unless, of course, I’m tangled tightly in the arms of a good book. I feel him hesitate beside me and I look up. He’s staring at the jumble of words on the screen lassoed between groups of periods and commas. His words aren’t posted for the whole world to see like mine are, but lurk in the dark corridors and crevasses within him, waiting for the right moment to break out and be heard.
I turn in my seat and brace myself for what’s troubling him. It’s not his fault his mother decided to become a writer—although I’m not sure it was a conscious decision on my part—maybe it was a done deal before I was even born. But I sure had a say at being his mother, and I’ve done my best to do good by that.
He shrugs and cocks his head towards the screen in front of me. “Why do you do it, Mom?” Why indeed. Why don’t I spend my retirement years watching my favourite shows, reading books, golfing, going on cruises to warmer countries, even knitting scarves for the homeless? He knows it’s not for the money; we all had a good laugh when I received my first $0.25 royalty check from Amazon.
He’s left me speechless. I wasn’t expecting to put a label to it. Maybe he’s questioning his own reason for things and wants me to show him how. Thing is, I don’t have an answer, and after a short pause, he turns to leave. “Sorry for bothering you, Mom.”
It’s only after I hear his bedroom door close that it comes to me. I do it to give back and share all the joy and soul-searching that reading has given me all my life. Some books have turned my head right around, others have made me cry, and some have showed me the way. I write, not for fame and glory, but to maybe give someone the necessary will to go on—be it a child being bullied or abused, or even a homeless person finding a life-changing book in a garbage bin—and to help them see how important their link is in that tight chain we call humankind.
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The road has been long and winding, but at long last my pre-teen novella, Culloo, has now been released in paperback format by Pemmican Publications. It’s a brand new cover, but the spirit of the story has remained intact.
Tala can’t wait to be thirteen; then no one better tell her what to do. Her nosey neighbor is always checking up on her, and now the Welfare Officer is knocking on her door again and her father isn’t home to answer. Tala only has a few hours to find her missing father before she and her brother, Dason, get placed in a foster home.
Her quest brings them to secluded woods where they discover that a group of bear poachers are responsible for their father’s disappearance. Can they survive the night alone in woods alive with hungry bears and angry hunters? Will she be able to find her father before the hunters do?
Her adventures bring her in contact with the legendary woodland characters: the pipe-smoking frog-like people and the giant ferocious black bird. These characters are a vivid part of her Mi’Kmaq ancestry, told and retold from one generation to another. They’ve always existed happily for her in stories, but now, faced with a real-life crisis, they’ve become surreal and grotesque? She must learn to trust the wisdom of her ancestors if she wants to succeed in her quest to reunite her family.
Available at Pemmican Publications http://pemmican.websites.ca
Welcome to Danielle DeVor’s BLOG TOUR . Don’t forget to click on the Helicopter link below to participate in the raffle. Good luck!!
Danielle has graciously agreed to be interviewed here. We’ll be discussing her latest book Sorrow’s Edge:Book2.
Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. She also bakes a mean lemon cake.
Horror, in it’s many forms, is a genre that has had a captive audience for centuries, and isn’t about to die off. Why, in you opinion, are readers attracted to horror fiction?
What attracts you most to this genre?
I think, that most people, really do enjoy being scared. There have actually been studies done that being scared, and the fight or flight response gives some people a sense of euphoria. I have always been attracted to monsters and horror. I remember being very young and having my parents explain that movies are fake and that the effects are done with plastic and fake blood. After that, I became fascinated with how the effects worked.
Writing horror requires a lot of imagination. Would you consider yourself as having a fertile imagination? Did your childhood environment fuel in any way your attraction to the macabre?
I don’t know if my imagination is especially fertile, or if it just thinks of things that a lot of people don’t think of, or think of in a different way. Usually, give me about 5 minutes, and I can come up with a premise for a book. Now, it takes a heck of a lot more time to develop it, of course, but I can usually coddle something together from all the different monsters I’ve read about over the years combined with the many movies I watch.
Writing is a demanding, and often-lonely way of making a living. What was the turning point in your life when you decided you would become a writer? Have you ever considered doing another type of work?
I kind of fell into writing full-time. After I completed my second degree in Art History, the job market bottomed out. At the time, I was fiddling with the vampire book that eventually became Tail of the Devil. So, a full-time writer I became.
I wanted to be lots of things over the years. I’ve gone through rock star, ballerina, special effects make-up artist, director, and art historian.
Are you mainly interested in writing horror fiction, or have you written in different genres?
I write in several genres. Tail of the Devil and its follow up, The Devil’s Liege are both YA Fantasy. Constructing Marcus is YA Paranormal Romance. Dancing with a Dead Horse is a YA thriller. And, of course, Sorrow’s Point and its follow-up Sorrow’s Edge are dark fantasy/horror. My new book I am currently working on, loosely entitled, Maw, is a sci fi book with an odd sort of vampire.
How do your characters come to life? Do you build a detailed character description before you start writing your stories?
Most of the time, my characters just pop into my head. Before I start writing, I have an idea of who the main character is and the general starting place of the story. Everything else just kind of pops in as I’m writing.
Writers always leave traces of their personality in their stories. Which one of your characters in Sorrow’s Edge do you connect most with?
I’ve been told that when reading Jimmy Holiday, that people can see me doing the things he does and making the comments he makes. But, a lot of Jimmy’s comments have been something that my dad has said over the years, so my dad has greatly influenced me.
We meet up with familiar characters in Sorrow’s Edge. Do you plan to bring them back in a future novel?
The third novel is with the publisher right now. I’m waiting on edits. The current plan is for five books in the series.
What are you working on now, and when should we expect to see the new release?
I write in several genres. Tail of the Devil and its follow up, The Devil’s Liege are both YA Fantasy. Constructing Marcus is YA Paranormal Romance. Dancing with a Dead Horse is a YA thriller. And, of course, Sorrow’s Point and its follow-up Sorrow’s Edge are dark fantasy/horror. My new book I am currently working on, loosely entitled, Maw, is a scifi book with an odd sort of vampire.
Finding the truth can sometimes be harder than exorcising a demon…
Jimmy Holiday, defrocked priest- turned- exorcist, is trying to make sense of his life. With his on-again-off-again witchy girlfriend moving in, Lucy- the spirit from his last exorcism hanging around, and a secret organization of exorcists hounding him, Jimmy is feeling the stress.
When a stranger calls in the middle of the night asking for help with a possession, Jimmy is puzzled. Especially when the dude on the phone says he got his number from Jimmy’s old mentor. Too bad his mentor has been dead for several years.
After a mysterious silver flask arrives at his doorstep, Jimmy is left with two options: either ignore the phone call and the flask, or listen to Lucy and travel to Arizona to solve the mystery before all hell breaks loose- literally.
Genre: Dark Fantasy Series: Book 2 of the Sorrow’s
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Just released another short story, TREE ROADS, on Amazon. I’m undecided whether to post it on Goodreads with all the troll problems they’re experiencing. This is the story of a woman’s determination to uphold justice for all. Her staunch belief in the inherent goodness of man is shaken one day when she decides to help out a stranger on a lonely country road. Her decision proves disastrous for her and her young child. Will her ideology survive her horrific ordeal? Ariana is another person like you and I. What about the historical Joan of Arcs of our world? Would Joan of Arc’s ideals have persisted if she had survived the fire?
Let me know what you think? Have a magical day !!