With all the photo challenges going on this month, I decided to invent my own: the Book Challenge, which states,
For each of 7 days, post a picture of an event, interview, work-in-progress, or anything book/writing-related and tell us about it.
Immediately, I had four interested authors, whose daily posts have been compiled here. Books mentioned are available through Amazon or Dream Write Publishing (Linda and Mandy).
Meet our four Book Challenge authors
Linda J. Pedley, Publisher (Dream Write Publishing) and Author
My Writing Life
Mandy Eve-Barnett, Author
Dolly Dennis, Author
Leslie Hodgins, WIP
Words in the Park, October 27, 2012. That year’s event was still held in the hallway outside the Agora as we had not yet moved into that bigger space. As the event took on momentum over the years (established in 2008 with our original co-hosts, the Strathcona County Library), there became a recognition with the event and a deep connection that the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County would never lose. It is now our signature fall event, and Dream Write Publishing has been participating since its inception in 2010! 2012 was a bittersweet event as the very next weekend I would lose my dear mother to cancer.
“An impressive debut novel by Canadian writer Dolly Dennis, Loddy-Dah offers a kind of coming-of-age narrative that deftly weaves themes of family, identity, friendship, and loss against the turbulent political and social backdrop of late 1960s Montreal. At the center of it all is a richly drawn protagonist, Loddy, who must unshackle herself from her immigrant family’s abuse and dysfunction in order to find her value and her voice. She is aided by an array of quirky and colorful characters, members of The Garage Theatre, who lend texture not only to Loddy’s story but to the portrait of Montreal that also emerges”–Jill K. Weinberger (5-star review on Amazon).
This is an INTERVIEW I did a little while ago about me and my book. I had some fun with it. Hopefully it makes you smile.
[Read more about Leslie’s sci-fi/fantasy book in her interview.]
Oh, the memories! This was Dream Write Publishing‘s first year in business and first display at Words in the Park on December 4, 2010. We had 2 books! YES… 2 books–our first is the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County Writing Prompt Journey and the 2nd A Gift of Trouble by our dearly departed friend and WFSC member, Helen Lavendar–my first author! So much has happened since that time–life goes on. Thanks, Eva (my newest author), for posting the challenge!
This post pays tribute to the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC) established in 2005 by a group of writers who knew there was more to our passion for words than just a once-a-month writer’s circle. This is one of my deepest and most valued accomplishments–I was one of those co-founders who met in 2004 to plan this entity that has become what it is today, 11 1/2 years later. I feel pride when representing the group and its many endeavours–we have led the way, cooperated with others, forged partnerships, and participated in many local events celebrating arts, culture, the written word, our community, its people and its heritage. In 2011, the group received the Pride of Strathcona award in Arts, Culture & Heritage–a coveted award for our group recognizing our community support for the literary arts. The award, the history, the volunteers, the vision and mandate… all things represent our dedication to words and their authors.
Authors of Altruism, October 2013–a wonderful organization and a fun day just off Whyte Avenue. My spotty table cloth for Rumble has alas gone now but it was fun creating it! The Rython Kingdom glowing orb was popular too. I had pre-orders for Ockleberries to the Rescue as well.
So here I am with my publisher Michael Mirolla, Guernica Editions, at the Montreal launch of my book Loddy-Dah at the Blue Met, April 2014. Great seeing my friends who came out to support me. Montreal had changed but then so had I.
Dolly on Facebook.
Words in the Park in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Oct. 1, 2016, where I hope to attend soon with my own book.
An Elizabethan Affair is one of those works a writer lives and breathes for many years, and finally, when the time is right, lets it go. My love for Shakespeare goes way back and I own several complete works and pieces and plays and parts of his work. An Elizabethan Affair is fictional, of course, but being historical fiction (time travel romance thrown in for good measure), it incorporates many facts. Once I began to piece together the plot and characters, there was so much synchronicity it was an amazing research experience. It has been workshopped, rewritten, put to poetry, short storied, and held dear to my heart–in the past and forever more.
April 29, 2016–author reading at Audreys Books. I read from my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. It was a fun evening!
I like Dale Boyd’s interview with me at the Edmonton launch of my book at Audreys. He got it. Full house with standing room only and yeah, like everyone else who launches there, I was on the best sellers list for 5 weeks.
I’ve been working on my book all weekend. Finally have some working titles in mind. I also have a decent direction about the ending. Really excited about this! (The book was ultimately called How Far She’ll Go.)
So this is my DAY 6 post for the Book Challenge by Eva–and I wondered what I might share with you this time as I have posted about the writer’s group, my company, the book fair & sale, An Elizabethan Affair, and my writing space… it all contributes to my development as a writer. My attitude and beliefs play an even bigger role.
I feel I am qualified to contribute to the support and encouragement of the writing journey of others because of the skills and experience I have acquired over the course of my own writing journey. Although I don’t promote my own work loudly, for the most part, I do like to participate in events that showcase my books with my fellow writers. Most are good friends whom I have had the pleasure of working with for many years. Together you grow to be the best you can be if you support one another and recognize others’ strengths along with your own. No one is the same and should not be compared to another–words are treasures found within our hearts–our work is a part of our very soul–imagination and contribution should be inspiration to creativity. I believe this to be the true and honest path to “freeing the creative spirit.” This tag line is one I connect with my own work and the process of “learning, creating, and sharing.” The triad guides my writing process and is the perpetual motion that keeps me moving forward with my writing. This display is for the reading at Audreys we held in conjunction with our spring 2016 Writers Conference.
If you scroll down to Sunday, there I am wearing my maiden name, Dolly Filipavicius and my play, The Plexiglass Box. No date here but must have been circa 1977. It was a lousy first play, but my brilliant director/mentor/friend brought it to another level by casting a drag queen in the role of a persona looking for love. I wrote the monologue so any gender could say the words. It won best director, so well deserved, and best production. It played at the Revue Theatre for two weeks after the festival to sold-out houses. We were ahead of our time. I was commissioned to write a second play and assisted the director. Great experience. Then I left theatre to figure out what kind of writer I wanted to be.
A picture of how far I’ve come but also a reminder of how much is still to be done, which is a good thing. I describe my story now as a skeleton with some muscles, but missing the joints and organs that make it work (yes, my anatomy training makes things interesting).
7. [TBA. Linda is currently tied up publishing our books in time for pre-Christmas release!]
Words on the Street, Lethbridge, September 2014. An exciting day meeting new writers and readers, attending an author reading–I read Ockleberries to the Rescue publicly for the first time–and meeting up with the Lethbridge writers’ group, The River Bottom Writers.
I decided to post the first paragraph of my WIP–2nd book with the working title, They Burn Forests, Don’t They? The first paragraph is supposed to draw in the reader. It is set in Mill Woods (Edmonton), a neighbourhood which has not been written about and has its own issues with a population of 100,000 and 16 languages spoken. Timeline: July 1987 before the Tornado hit and ten years later.
“There is a woman in the air over Edmonton. Like a hot air balloon, she looms heavy over the city. She clutches her three-year-old daughter in one hand, and with the other she clings to her spirit. For a moment she is suspended in slow motion, her gauzy summer dress billowing like an open Mary Poppins umbrella, the wind propelling her to stay afloat.”
[Eva’s note: Watch for this 16+ sci-fi/fantasy title in coming years at Words in the Park.]
Contact our authors and learn more about them
Linda J. Pedley: Dream Write Publishing
Mandy Eve-Barnett: Mandy’s author interview
Dolly Dennis: Dolly’s author interview
Leslie Hodgins: Leslie’s author interview